SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET THERE, SELF TRANSPORTATION IN THE AGE OF FINE PAVEMENTS

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surface considerations to wear, to walk on, to experience.  how to enrich our walking experience? the following examples are pointing out ways for play:  re-designed pathways and footware are on the market

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whether its for posture or feel the shoe industry has caught up on the people’s behavioural lack of exercise and movement, suggesting to combine the daily with the useful. the futuristic products are set for form to result in function and are widely available by now.

the benefits described by the brands are evident, but if consideration and care for ones own body is inspired by it, so it be, its successfully raising some awareness

Foto 2Foto 4  playing upon human conditioning and pushing for ways to re think urban planning  recent cases of architectual propositions point a finger on important considerations concerning daily paths and general challenges of self transportation

atelier zündel cristea  won the 3rd prize in a competition for yet another bridge for paris’ seine. their inflatable construct consists of tubes in crossings and trampoline circles to bounce ahead

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meanwhile in the nikola lenivets forest in russia, the annual festival archstoyanie  presents a 50 meter long trampoline road cutting through the nature. the installation is designed by the estonian architects salto who ironically called their rubber pathway ‘fast track’  and describe it as  ‘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 percieving the environment.’

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rethinking infrastructure                                         western world can afford this

can we arrive at a different point using other means then pavements ? it feels spoiled to be surpassing the functional asphalt road due to philosophical questions

yet these designs are really meant for a public- whether to be crossing the seine or a forest its initially about altering our physical sensation and conceptual flexibility- which is needed due to the dangers of comfort driven stagnation

what are roads, how do i behave on roads..how would i behave on trampolines, can i bounce at all etc etc

surely no insurance company would cover this,but one realised project of that sort manages to raise a point by giving it a try in humble seclusion- for now only to be experienced in an art context

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