Jef Nickerson at GCPVD has done the tedious work of blogging photos of all 11 Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Finalists that the city put on Flickr. It's to be built just north of Wickenden and Point streets (that's the downtown side of Point) as part of the I-195 relocation. Designs were required to incorporate the five existing piers.
At first glance, my own favorites include a simple one that feels like a mashup of a sailboat and a bridge, Number 8:
But I really like the bigger one with the cafe, Number 10:
They're all on view at City Hall for public comment and on Flickr. Details from Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Competition include the design criteria, selection committee members by title (not by name) and the 11 firms that made the final cut, as well as that link to all the submissions as slideshows and individual photos. The judging is blind, so names are not attached to the designs either.
Here's how that starts:
The City of Providence is staging a limited design competition to select the designer for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge which will replace the old Interstate 195 Bridge that spans the Providence River. The bridge will create a new connection for pedestrians and bicyclists from the Fox Point and College Hill neighborhoods to Downtown, particularly to the emerging 'Knowledge District'. The bridge will also serve as the link between two new waterfront parks that will be developed as part of the I-195 relocation project.
Mayor David Cicilline will select the winning design at the end of November.
Many thanks to Jef for making it all accessible. Commenters at that post have weighed in with their favorites.