WTF Friday: What Detroit Really Needs?

October 9, 2009
EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest

EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest

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EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest

EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest

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From an architectural competition for a new cycling bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, comes this eye-raising design. Is it straight out of Idiocracy—or more Blade Runner crossed with The Dukes of Hazzard and a little bit of Rad?

The entrants, Tiago Barros and Jorge Pereira, asked, "Why change the route of pedestrians and cyclists?" Instead, they proposed a high-speed car ramp that would launch cars airborne, over pedestrians and cyclists.

The "It's About Time" design competition, which was open to architects and architecture firms, was accepting submissions until September 7. The winner of the contest was announced earlier this week, with a top prize of 10,000 euros and the potential contract to design the bridge over the Segunda Circular highway, for 2010 construction. We're sorry to report that this design didn't win, but it made the jury's shortlist.

One rendering shows the General Lee in mid-air with a crowd of gawkers around; another shows a driver's view, with a motorway sign declaring, "Ramp Ahead, Please Go Faster…"

The industrial design site designboom says, "The ramp would provide entertainment, along with a new tourist attraction, acting as a means of redeveloping the area."

Detroit, do you copy?

[designboom]

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