Bagley Pedestrian Bridge

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan


  • Title: Bagley Pedestrian Bridge
  • Subtitle: Detroit, Michigan
  • Address: Detroit, Michigan
  • Phase: complete
  • Delivery method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Budget: $7,500,000


The re-unification of a community severed by a chasm of highways demanded a connection that would heal the wound within the landscape and offer a vision towards a unified whole. Analysis of the site and constituent parts revealed the necessity of the bridge to remove itself from the context of the site in order to retain the existing service drives. The introduction of a pedestrian bridge, which is segregated from the parts it would join, would  exacerbate the very condition it sought to reconcile, becoming a visual manifestation of the problem itself. In order to strengthen the cohesion of a community across the permanent rift, it was essential to provide continuity in circulation and visual coherence as an extension of the urban fabric. The perpetuation of vehicular traffic evident at the service drives disrupted the possibility of achieving continuity, therefore merited reevaluation. This proposal  strengthened a cultural identity and re-established a strong sense of communal unity within a larger urban context.