The symbolic quality of the bridges has led them to represent the construction of Europe and the union between different countries. But they are also a symbol of economic utility. Public works have always been and are functional structures
A bridge, for example, is usually designed for a transportation means, and absolutely nothing else. This technical and economic history, mainly from the Enlightenment, turned them into metaphors of a slightly exclusive pragmatism, somewhat inadequate to represent today’s society
However, bridges, or at least some of them, have been occupied and given other uses, such as bungee jumping
Recently, a popular urban activity developed consisting of jumping between or from buildings. ‘Parcour’ is the expression of a desire to surpass normative limits, to look for unscripted uses to urban resources, to challenge definitions of public space and public play
Some bridges offer perspectives, similar to flight, which are not accessible by other means. Our aim is to carry out small interventions in bridges so that they can be used in alternative ways to their main one and start to symbolize a more complex and changing society, one that is open and inclusive
"On January 20th, 2000, Roberto Manzano jumped 4 times" (Railing of the bridge crossing the Cofio river in Madrid, Spain) Although jumps are illegal, there are many other inscriptions like this one. It would be interesting to design structures around this activity, making them safer for traffic, and favor alternative activities that could generate wealth for the communities bridges fly over
Seizing the opportunity, we would position viewing-points that face the jumper and the natural landscape. Furthermore, there would be footpaths that go through the folds of the mountains that unite with the entryways of the bridge, safe parking lots, rest areas, and a place to inscribe your memories… This new kind of bridge would start joining the world of global high speed transport on top and the local communities that have to house and support them