Archstoyanie is a creative festival that kicks off every year in the forest of Nikola-Lenivets, Russia. This year, the architects from Salto created a performance piece called 'Fast Track' - a 170 foot long track made of a trampoline! Designers Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, and Ralf Lõoke built the Fast Track to challenge the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings.
The team explained that the track "is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context, giving the user a different experience of moving and perceiving the environment."
Lawsuits and insurance issues aside, imagine this as your morning commute everyday. Work would literally be a 'hop, skip, and a jump' away as commuters would breeze through the forest avoiding congested traffic, loud honking, and the occasional collision.
The idea behind the Fast Track instillation is not just to jump on a cool trampoline, it is to evoke a conversation; new thoughts about the way we move in society. There is an asset to exploring new ways of commuting that will surely saprk some ideas to lend some ease to the congestion of our current methods.
Instead of just deeming our traditional ways of commuting as the only way, Salto created a new user experience in effort to explore avenues of commuting that might work better with various types of environments - in this case - the forest.
(Photography: Nikita Šohov & Karli Luik)