Shelved in the Sky

I couldn't resist this photo of a man blown off his feet by high winds on the British coast.

[Image: Photo by Steve Poole/Rex Features, via the Guardian].

How could we take better spatial advantage of meteorological situations like this, I wonder, whether that means designing parachute-like clothing lines for weekend air-surfing or perhaps manufacturing perfectly weighted hovering objects so that we could shelve things in the air, stationary but airborne, even whole rooms lifting off the ground to pause, several feet above the surface of the earth, looking out over the battered sea?

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Anonymous Matt said...

I walked along the wind swept beaches of Sussex this weekend and the kite boarders already have perfect tools for making those mythical sky-hooks!

November 15, 2009 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Webknot said...

This reminds me of Second Life where all structures are by "default" suspended in the air (gravity being one of the possible options) An example here :

The "Aéroflorale" by François Delarozière might interest you also :

November 16, 2009 5:29 AM  
Blogger nnelg said...

not to be a gloomy gus about things (i really like this blog), but the prose style is getting a bit out of hand, no? if you look back through older posts you see that the author weirdly drops into italics every time he thinks he's saying something profound, and all the faux-scifi-novelist questions that abound after every observation really pull focus away from the true strengths of this blog--namely, the links and resources it encourages readers to follow out on their own.

it wouldn't be worth pointing out all this if this blog didn't have so much potential. in that sense, this post is simply to say thanks. it's just becoming frustrating, for this reader at least, to have to wade through so much of the "please pay attention to me please" & the "do you think i'm as smart as i think i am" rhetoric. how about the same solid information without all the wannabe NPR aw-shucks aesthetic? the last thing architectural criticism needs is more mild & vague bloviating.

again, though, thanks for the great blog.

November 16, 2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger BotanicidalIntaglio said...

I could nearly forgo the promise of hand-gliding or even skydiving and just strap on a 'balloon' jacket or sketchy wings and take advantage of strange weather deviations, for the glory of that momentary act of flight.

November 16, 2009 6:08 PM  
Blogger Julie Cirelli said...

or this one:

November 16, 2009 7:04 PM  
Anonymous John said...

perhaps something like this:


November 16, 2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

nneg - This blog has always been about the architectural conjecturing (ie the content created "in-house"), in fact I would argue links/resources take a backseat to the "stories". In reality it is half and half. In any case if you're here for the links to other blogs and organizations and what-have-yous then no one is stopping you.

Also, I had to look up "bloviating" which I think defeats the purpose of using the word "bloviating" in this case.

November 23, 2009 8:26 PM  

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