(Credit: Nikita Šohov and Karli Luik)
A 51-metre road at Russia's Archstoyanie architecture festival is not tarmac, but trampoline.
Why would you amble when you can leap? Maarja Kask, Karli Luik and Ralf Lõoke from Estonian architecture firm Salto weren't just thinking of fun when they created "Fast Track" for the 2012 Russian Archstoyanie festival, though.
It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects, and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. "Fast track" is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and perceiving the environment.
It consists of 51 metres of trampoline in a forest near the village of Nikola-Lenivets in Russia's far west, just south-west of Moscow. Set flush with the ground, it resembles nothing so much as a newly laid road ... until you get close enough to see the springs.
Noble goals of perception and context on Salto's part aside (and injury hazard), we think, in the interests of making the world a happier place, that every major city needs a trampoline in disguise. Have you ever tried staying angry or depressed on a tramampoline?