Wind Tunnel Footbridge
Talk about walking for a cause; eco-architect Michael Jantzen's newest design proposal will literally bridge the gap between artistic ingenuity and environmental preservation. The Wind Tunnel Footbridge is a wind activated structure made of steel and aluminum with a distinct architectural aesthetic.
How it works: five wind turbine wheels turn at different speeds around the people walking across. Three wheels turn in one direction while the other two spin in an opposite manner. The turning at different speeds and in different directions produces electronic correpsponding sounds, thereby generating electricity. The footbridge will create and store electricity much like a windmill. And in case you're worried about safety, a fine screen will provide protection from the blades.
Jantzen hopes to place these structures in museums and parks worldwide. Who knows, maybe one day we will see them connecting airport terminals, linking office buildings and replacing pedestrian overpasses? But his aspirations to save the world one gust at a time do not stop at a footbridge. Jantzen is also the man behind the Wind Shaped Pavillon and the Transformation House. JW
Images: Michael Jantzen