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Strange But True

Monday 09 May 2011

The ride of your life...

Strange But True by Julijonas Urbonas
All images courtesy of Julijonas Urbonas 
Strange But True by Julijonas Urbonas Strange But True by Julijonas Urbonas Strange But True by Julijonas Urbonas Strange But True by Julijonas Urbonas
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11/05/11 Bob King, Coventry
At long last, a ride will be able to truly pitch "The Ultimate Thrill" - Its about time too! The others are so disappointing...they rarely live up to their claim.

"The Ride of Your Life" - consider the alternatives: The flight to Switzerland is rather sedate and the check-In and security procedures are arduous...then we have the carbon footprint etc.
Accompanying traveller becomes indicted as an accomplice too.
Suicide affects the poor souls that discover and clear the corpse and so on...

Check out Soilent Green.

In-flight meal could be arsenic to save on track and land.

How can I book a ticket?

Bring it on and let the good times roll!

Watching somebody you love suffer in prolonged agony and not being able to do a thing about it is "sick".

Not exploring these possibilities is a Crime to Design and Progress - We have to question everything and challenge convention.

This scheme may not necessarily be built and funded - it offers food for thought and scope for intellectual enquiry.

Euthanasia is a humane cause and worthy of serious input, consideration and development.
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10/05/11 Joseph Galea, Malta
Is it only me who finds this sick and in bad taste? What has this got to do with Architecture anyway?
10/05/11 Moses, Sheridan
Ideas like this used to be recognized as lunacy. I am dissaponted this publication gives credibility to such a lunatic by publishing his work. This man needs help!

Julijonas Urbonas presents his hypothetical design for the ultimate thrill seeker 

Designer, artist, engineer and PhD student in Design Interactions at London’s Royal College of Art, Julijonas Urbonas recently went public with his highly controversial concept design entitled ‘Euthanasia Coaster’.

The hypothetical design seeks to end human life ‘humanely, with elegance and euphoria’, and has been calculated under information provided by Dr. Michael Gresty of the Spatial Disorientation Lab at Imperial College, London.

Recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica 2010 Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Urbonas refers to his creation as a ‘kinetic sculpture’, its numerous spirals varying in dimension as they progress along a 7,544m track.

Supporting text suggests that riders would experience a 10g force within 60 seconds, leading them to undergo a series of intensive motion elements ‘that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and eventually, death’.

A model and explanatory text for the concept are currently on display at the Science Gallery in Dublin, accompanied by a short greyscale film showing the potential visual effects on a human being undergoing the ‘pleasing, elegant and meaningful’ process induced by the Euthanasia Coaster.

Euthanasia Coaster from Julijonas Urbonas on Vimeo.

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