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The Coolest Bridge In Paris E-mail
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The Coolest Bridge In Paris

This bridge really rocks. A goddamn trampoline bridge! It may result in some broken necks and legs but screw it, that's the price you pay for having a way to cross the river Seine jumping like Spider-Man.
It's a design by Atelier Zündel Cristea for a Paris bridge competition, which would be built near the existing Bir-Hakeim Bridge. Their words:

The competition brief, A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways. Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water.

In other words: "HERE'S FREAKING TRAMPOLINE BRIDGE, PEOPLE!"
It's made with "inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter" and filled with "3700 cubic meters of air." Each of them have a trampoline mesh In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. Oh, and they got stairs and slides on both sides. They should build these everywhere in the world. Heck, they should build one across the Atlantic.

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Silent Halls Of A Forgotten Era E-mail
(5 votes)
The silent halls of a forgotten era: Inside the magnificent empty spaces of Europe's grandiose palaces

They were once filled with courtiers, kings, and other members of the aristocracy. But stunning images capture the silent galleries, corridors, and libraries of Europe in a whole new light.

Captured by Italian photographer Massimo Listri, the images span from Portugal to Sweden, France, and Italy, and show the intricate masterworks from ages past.

His images evoke a certain solemnity, both beautiful and isolating at once.

Included in his portfolio are pictures from the library of Wiblingen Abbey, which was once a Benedictine abbey and has since been transformed into housing medical facilities for the University of Ulm in Germany.

Another image shows the the Malatestiana Library, located in Cesena, Italy, which was the first European civil library that allowed everyone -including the common people - access to its books.

Silent Halls Of A Forgotten Era

Sounds of silence: These images of grand halls have been captured by Italian photographer Massimo Listri; here, the Royal Palace of Stockholm in Sweden
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 October 2012 )
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