In Rotterdam, a new bridge connects two parts of the city that were previously cut off by roads with heavy traffic. But it’s not a city project: Each piece of wood bears the name of the person who helped pay for it.
The Luchtsingel is a footbridge in Rotterdam (in the Netherlands) with two unusual attributes. One, it is all wood–17,000 individual planks. And two, it is funded by individual donations, not the city’s coffers. Each piece has someone’s name on it.
Conceived by a local design practice called Zones Urbaines Sensibles, the idea to reconnect a part of the city cut off by traffic. By making the area walkable again, the hope is to attract shops, restaurants, and small businesses to the area.