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10/19/2011 11:37 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2011

Gone With The Wind: An Architect Designs A Cloud For Travelers (PHOTOS)

Tiago Barros was tired of heading from point A to point B to Point D by way of appointment C, but there wasn't really any other option: Modern transportation infrastructure doesn't facilitate aimlessness. A little research and tinkering later, Barros, an architect by trade, has designed his ideal vehicle, the cloud.

Barros' Passing Cloud is a different take on the Zeppelin, an old transportation technology that has been out of fashion since the Hindenburg ignited over New Jersey. The green movement has generated some new interest in lighter-than-air travel, but Barros is likely the first person to discard the idea of destination along with the wings and wheels.

"This is actually a unique idea on using the act of 'traveling' as the destiny, instead of the stay at the arrival destination," Barros explained to HuffPost Travel. "The system is inverted, in a way that the question isn't 'how quickly you get to point B?' but instead, 'how fun would your ride be?.' Your travel would gain value by not knowing where you would land (element of surprise) and no idea when would you be arriving."

The design of Barros's cloud calls for travelers to climb ladders to a bubbly platform created by spherical balloons on a steel frame. From there, the wind does the work. The obvious drawback is that the passengers have no idea where they're going so planning ahead is impossible. The main perk: Planning ahead is impossible.

Barros makes the following argument for his idea, which he believes could feasibly be constructed: "Imagine floating and flying with the wind, on top of a cloud and with clouds next to you... How magical would that feeling be?"

Indeed.

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