the passing cloud


i doubt there is a person out there who has flown on a plane, and hasn’t had the urge to bounce around on the cloud cover below.  well, something similar to that has been envisioned by Tiago Barros, a design architect working and living in new york.  The Passing Cloud is an environmentally friendly method of transportation, that attempts to divert attention away from the destination, and get people to focus on the actual act of traveling.

it is made of a series of spherical balloons that form a cloud-like shape and moves according to windspeed.  the inside has a stainless steel structure, with a “heavy weight tensile nylon fabric.”  because the structure moves with the wind, passengers will not feel the wind, giving them a floating sensation. this is an example of passive technology, meaning it requires little to no energy to function.

Tiago thought up this project in response to the hurried and rushed traveling system that exists now.  he asks “why the rush?” he wants us to reconsider travel and to start enjoying the process of it instead of wishing it was over.  this concept is fully green, and requires no concrete highways or rails.

 – smiley


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