Drift, a AIA Indiana Merit Award winning project, is a timber-and-steel pedestrian bridge and has been installed in Fort Worth, TX in Summer 2021. Fabricated off site with a projected installation time of just a few hours, Drift is an innovative example of plug-and-play urbanism, an emerging sustainable and affordable design strategy that proposes building infrastructural elements off site and dropping them into place.

Commissioned by the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art Program, Drift straddles public art, civic design, architecture, and infrastructure. On one hand, it is a community-driven, site-specific project created to bridge a physical divide—a creek—between two halves of one neighborhood and their respective park systems. On the other, the fabrication and installation techniques employed can be applied to a wide range of communities and use cases.

Design: VA | DESIGN
Project Team: Volkan Alkanoglu
Installation and Fabrication Team: Ignition Arts
Client: City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Art Program
Public Art Manager: Anne Allen
Design Development and Fabrication: Ignition Arts LLC, Indianapolis, IN; Brownsmith Studios, Bloomington, IN
Structural Engineering: CMID Engineers, Indianapolis, IN
GeoTechnical Engineering: Alpha Testing, Fort Worth, TX
Material Testing: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Cambridge, MA
Concept Engineering: AKT II, London, UK
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Date: 2021
Photography: Peter Molick, Jennifer Boomer
Status: Completed