Gondola Project Forum

12
Dec

2011

Urban Skiing

Hitting the slopes in style. Image by Flickr User felixrioux

Winter is almost upon us and here at Gondola Project, we love skiing but we also love the vivacity and vibrancy of urban living.

The problem is, alpine facilities are located, most times, hours away from the city centre and driving your car there is such a pain in the butt (not to mention, highly unsustainable).

So the question is, is there a way to merge the best of both worlds into one fun activity? Well, we can officially confirm that it is indeed possible. Check it out!



And did we forget to mention: Gondolas not required. 😉

Note 1: For the transit nerds, the best part is, if you watch the entire video, he actually uses a bus to get back up top. 

Note 2: The clip is from the movie All.I.Can. 




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12
Aug

2011

FORUM FRIDAYS: Gondolas to the Moon?

This week on the Gondola Project forum, in response to last week’s post about the future of aerial transit, there was a video response with the Jetson’s theme song displaying the idea of personalized flying mobiles. This got me thinking about both science fiction and outer space (since everything in that show appears to be hoovering in the air). Logically this brought me to contemplating a space gondola with rotating stations and carbon nanotube cables (how else?!).

 

Possible? Likely? A transit line worthwhile?

This discussion to continue on the forum in 3… 2… 1… [click]


 

 

 



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05
Aug

2011

FORUM FRIDAYS: birds and the future of aerial transit

 

I could recap what’s been happening on the Gondola Project Forum this week … or I could show you this cool Ted Talk about flying like a bird. I pick door 2:

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and because it wont embed, check it out the intended video here: A robot that flies like a bird

 

Which leads me to this week’s exciting debate: What is the future of aerial transit? Currently the options include gondolas for short distances, planes for long distances, and helicopters for the wealthy, but technology never really stands still… does it?

 

 

 

Have you checked out the forum this week?



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29
Jul

2011

Forum Fridays: Homemade Cable Systems

Would you go for a ride with the Flying Men of Yungas Valley?

Thanks to everyone who visited and posted on the forum this past week. Introductions were made however no jokes were submitted so this week instead of featuring the best joke I’d like to post a new discussion topic:

As we’ve seen on the gondola project site in the past, there are many instances around the world of people using make-shift cable systems for moving both people and goods. Of course these are made with materials at hand and not engineered with the same safety measures or under the type of regulations seen with a professionally built system. Yet they can be very effective for their purpose, often saving people hours of difficult (and potentially equally dangerous) labor and travel.

So my question for you is, are homemade cable systems a good or bad influence on the urban cable market and why?

Check out the FORUM to see what others have to say about this and all things cable.

As an example of a the type of system I’m talking about, check out this video The flying men of Yungas valley – Programmes – Al Jazeera English.



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22
Jul

2011

Forum Fridays: INTRODUCTIONS

Hello all and welcome to Forum Fridays. As Steven mentioned here, Fridays are now be dedicated to the Gondola Project Forum.

For starters I’d like to tell everyone that yes! the Gondola Project has a forum. It’s still fairly new and despite some of the rather lengthy and epic conversations that often appear in the comments section of this blog, the forum is still generally quite underutilized. Ideally the forum will grow to be an information hub and a place to talk, argue, battle, opinionate, educate and share.

So now, drum roll please … I’d like to direct everyone’s attention to said forum. (It can also be found following the link “Cable Forum” at the top of this page.)

This week, instead of diving right into the nitty gritty details of a single topic or gondola line, we will be dedicating FF to introductions. So, please, if you haven’t already registered on the forum, I encourage you to do so. I’ve started a topic called Introductions so we can all say hello to each other. This is a great place to talk about who you are or why you’re interested in the gondola project, maybe tell us a good  joke, or offer suggestions for future forum topics.

Next week I will highlight the newest forum topics launched from this week’s discussion and of course feature the best joke (extra points if it is cable or transit related).

 



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15
Nov

2010

The Gondola Project Forum Is Open (For Testing)

The Gondola Project Forum is now (finally) open for business. Sort of.

We’re looking for a few testers/moderators to start using the forum, introduce topics, kick the wheels, break stuff, make suggestions and generally help us learn how to best utilize this new tool. After a few weeks of that, we’ll publish the link to the forum publicly. Until then, access to the forum is by invitation only.

And while transit, gondolas, and cable is the focus of this site, the forums will be open to a wide range of urban-related topics. So even if you don’t know (or care) what the difference between an MDG or 3S is, we’re going to try and find something to interest you too.

So if you’re interested in becoming a tester/moderator of the new forums, please send us an email at gondola (at) creativeurbanprojects (dot) com and we’ll hook you up.



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