All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Ilona Catani Scar­lett

De­signed by Carlo Ratti As­so­ciati in Turin and de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fit­ness equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Techn­o­gym, the non-profit ar­chi­tec­ture group Ter­reform ONE and the ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion in­sti­tute URBEM, the Paris Nav­i­gat­ing Gym will move along the Seine River by har­ness­ing en­ergy from pas­sen­gers’ work­outs. The gym is on a 20-me­ter long ves­sel that can host up to 45 peo­ple and the fit­ness area fea­tures ARTIS ma­chines that har­ness hu­man en­ergy and make it avail­able to the elec­tri­cal en­gines of the ves­sel. By ex­er­cis­ing on bikes and cross train­ers, guests will con­trib­ute to pow­er­ing the boat, which in turn will sail along the Seine on its route through the city, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to any­body who wants it.carlo Ratti, di­rec­tor of the MIT Senseable City Lab and a found­ing part­ner of Carlo Ratti As­so­ciati, points out that the Paris Nav­i­gat­ing Gym will pro­vide users with a tan­gi­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of what lies be­hind the of­ten ab­stract no­tion of “elec­tric power”. In fact, the aug­mented-re­al­ity screens in­stalled on the boat will show guests both the quan­tity of en­ergy they pro­duced with their work­out, and data about the Seine’s en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, tracked in real time by sen­sors in­cor­po­rated on the ves­sel. En­cased within a trans­par­ent glass cov­er­ing, open in the sum­mer, the gym will al­low an ex­tra­or­di­nary view of the ur­ban panorama. More­over, at night, the boat can also be used for par­ties and cel­e­bra­tions. The Paris Nav­i­gat­ing Gym in­ves­ti­gates the po­ten­tial of har­ness­ing hu­man power, at the same time of pro­duc­ing a new ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence and en­vi­sion­ing ways to fur­ther in­te­grate the river in the city’s mo­bil­ity in­fra­struc­ture.

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