Wed. Sep 27th, 2023
    Miguel Rosales: Transforming Cities through Bridge Design

    Miguel Rosales, an immigrant from Guatemala and a gay architect, has made a significant impact on the skylines of major cities around the world through his bridge designs. He believes that bridges have the power to transform and connect communities, and his work focuses on creating bridges that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

    One of Rosales’ notable projects is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts. Completed in 2003, this bridge features two inverted Y-shaped towers that resemble delicate string instruments. Its elegant and modern design has made it an iconic structure in the city.

    Rosales’ journey to becoming a recognized architect was not without challenges. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he pursued his passion for infrastructure and studied urban and environmental design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Determined to understand what makes great infrastructure, Rosales traveled to Europe to study bridges and significant public works projects.

    In the early 1990s, Rosales was appointed the lead architect for the bridge that would connect Charlestown to West End in Boston. The original design of the bridge received criticism for being an “ugly monster.” However, Rosales envisioned an elegant and modern bridge that would transform the neglected area and blend well with the surrounding marine environment.

    With the help of Swiss engineer Christian Menn, Rosales proposed a cable-stayed bridge design for the project. The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, with its cable-supported structure, was completed in 2003 and quickly became one of Boston’s most iconic landmarks.

    The bridge represents the tension between the old and the new in an ancient city like Boston. It signifies the acceptance of modern architecture by the city while celebrating its colonial traditions. Rosales’ bridge designs continue to exemplify the power of infrastructure to connect communities and transform cities.

    – Linked article (not available)
    – Personal interview with Miguel Rosales