TIAGO BARROS – Passing Cloud
We have the pleasure to exhibit Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros.
This project envisions a distinct approach towards moving around the United States being also a revival of the act of traveling. Why traveling at high speed? Why having the final destiny always defined? And why always departing and arriving on a tight schedule? Nowadays, everything is set and everyone is always running around. It is time to reconsider the act of traveling and start enjoying it accordingly.
The Passing Cloud is an innovative and environmentally friendly method of transportation that doesn’t require expensive steel tracks or concrete highways. It is made of a series of spherical balloons that form the shape of a cloud. Its inner stainless steel structure is covered with heavy weight tensile nylon fabric. During the journey, It moves according to prevailing winds speed and direction at the time of travel. Since it moves with the wind, no wind is ever felt during the trip, offering the passengers a full “floating sensation”.
It’s an unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere – on top of a cloud – with an open schedule and unknown final destiny. All National Ground would be potentially covered at virtually no cost and the help of the wind. The journey becomes your destiny.
Competition website: http://www.vanalen.org/lasr/
Organizer: Van Alen Institute
Completition: June 2011
Design Team: Tiago Barros
All images courtesy Tiago Barros
Tiago Barros’s work process has always been focused on a constant research and questioning of the modus operandi of living experiences. He searches for new multidisciplinary processes to question, reinvent and change the system addressing important contemporary and sustainable demands.
Tiago worked for nARCHITECTS in New York, USA as a project architect for the ABC Department Store Facades – Phase II – project in Beirut, Lebanon. He also worked with the Research and Development – Advanced Modeling team at Aedas Architects in London where he participated in various projects, such as, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Tiago has worked as a Design Architect for Davis Brody Bond Aedas in New York. He was part of the World Trade Center Memorial Museum team. He has previously worked in Lisbon with Aires Mateus in projects such as the Park Hyatt hotel in Dublin and the Library and Central Archive in Lisbon.
Tiago holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design with Honors from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Architecture from Lusiada University in Lisbon. Tiago has been a visiting critic at the The Cooper Union and Pratt Institute, both in New York City.