The Arroyo Bridge spans an L.A. canyon with a robot-fabricated steel structure

Over the last few years, the Los Angeles area has seen a great influx of infrastructural and placemaking projects that emphasize the status of the pedestrian within the city, ranging from Frank Gehry’s reenvisioning of the L.A. River to the ongoing construction of Destination Crenshaw. The Arroyo Bridge, which wrapped up construction at the beginning of the pandemic but was only recently photographed, joins that trend but with a technological spin—it was partially built by robots.

The design of the bridge is intended to resemble the vascular structure of trees (Iwan Baan)

The project dates back to 2014 and was developed by students enrolled in a design-build studio at

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