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Excellent Idea of the Day: Forest Hopping

/ Source: Discovery Channel

A walk through the forest has taken on a whole new meaning in Russia. During a festival of design and architecture in Russia's Nikola-Lenivets forest, one company built a 170-foot-long trampoline trail.

The firm, Salto Architects, says its Fast 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."

The designers cleared a section of forest about two football fields long to install anchors that would hold a simple rubber mat taut enough to jump on. Then they held performances and let visitors test it out.

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"Lawsuits and insurance issues aside, imagine this as your morning commute everyday," writes the design site Knstrct. "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."

Surprisingly, it's not the first trampoline-as-thoroughfare concept. As Fast Company notes : architects proposed a bridge akin to a bouncy castle to cross the Seine in Paris in a competition.