While you may not have an estimated time of arrival or even a fixed destination, there is a silver lining for this new mode of transport proposed by New York architect Tiago Barros.

The Passing Cloud is a floating device which completely inverts the traditional act of travelling. The route is determined by predominant winds and the cloud would move from place to place without any fixed destinations, emphasising the importance of the journey. Passengers would board the cloud using ladders and would sit on the surface during travel.

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.

The design for a public transport network of floating clouds was proposed to the Van Alen Institute and the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City in 2011 (and they were expecting competition entries for a high-speed rail network).

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