Airships: A Lost Future

Looking back at pictures of Airships, there is something I see that has been eliminated from modern day air travel, for the most part. It is an elegance that came along with early 20th century travel. Granted, airplanes still look regal, but giant ships and Zeppelins traveling the world have a certain elegance that was lost with the notion that travel needs to be as easy and as quick as possible, not an experience within itself. So I thought it would be nice if airships could make a comeback someday, a day where maybe Airplanes were to polluting to be sustainable or more people wished Airships would make a comeback. With composite materials and the advancements in technology we have made since the early 20th century, maybe Airships could be economically feasible. Now, I don’t know about any of this technology, but I have a feeling we could make it work considering people made it work almost 80 years ago. Aud

Above is a crudely drawn add of an airship, and I know it doesn’t sound feasible now, but in the future it might be. A little digging in the internet reveals multiple modern airship designs, which means other people are thinking about this idea too. What do you think?

Also, I would like to apologize for my lack of posts lately and I hope you enjoyed this latest article!

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Airports: More than just a Building

Airports are of a vital importance to a city. They are the first impression travelers get of a city and a glimpse of the city they are located in. Also can be a vital part of the economy. Often times though, the airport is looked at as a hassle and not an experience that should be worth while. As you can tell, I love airports. My home airport is good but it’s not great. To a new comer, my home airport is confusing and your experience depends on the terminal. I love to design airports just like cities, and I just wanted to share my viewpoint on airports and how they should be viewed. Portland airport was filled with local food carts and awesome public art, making me feel like I was already in Portland. Beijing Airport, however, was hot and sticky and not very representative of China. This is the key to all airports, accurately representing their home cities.

An airport I designed with a key, which I apologize  for if the key is hard to read.

An airport I designed with a key, which I apologize for if the key is hard to read.

Please make sure to reply below with any viewpoint you would like to share!

Life Tree

Here is a small picture I took in Portland and edited in a photo editor app called Aviary, who I would like to thank for letting me express my self through the awesomeness of photo editing.

A tree by the Portland Japanese Garden that I snapped a photo of.

A tree by the Portland Japanese Garden that I snapped a photo of.

I called this picture life tree because it represents life to me. My life is focused on my basic ideals and my passions, which is the trunk. However, I do pursue other things, such as hobbies, which are represented in the picture but not focused on. Finally, the stark black and white symbolizes the stark emotions we all feel throughout our life.

Designing a City: What’s Ideal?

I make cities. They can be on a game, on paper, or on a drawing program. Having visited a pretty good amount of cities in my short lifespan, I have a basic idea of what a city needs in order to have a great design. When I draw or make cities, here is what I have in my design. I’m sharing this with you in the hope that it maybe changes how you view your own city and perhaps even encourages you to make your own.

This city was made using Microsoft paint.

This city was made using Microsoft paint.

What a City Needs:

  • Districts- A city needs to organize its industry, commercial, and residential districts so that the commercial districts serves as a buffer zone between dirty factories and homes.
  • Water- It can be a lake, a river, and an ocean, but waterways look amazing, bring fresh air to a city, and promote economic growth through trade and fishing industries.
  • Nature- Many cities have created a space where nature hardly exists,decreasing citizen morale and beauty while increasing polluted air.
  • Diversified Road Ways- A city that just doesn’t follow a grid pattern decreases traffic and makes a city more pleasing to the eye.

Keep in mind that the things mentioned in this article are extremely basic, and that designing a city is based very much on its location and situation. Thanks for reading and please comment below with your opinion!

Portland Part Two

Portland is an awesome city because of the sense of community I feel from being there and the vibe I felt from being there. The city is so opposite from Phoenix because there are so many new ideas, fashions, and trends that seem to be born in Portland that Phoenix can only replicate, not create. Of course, citation needed on all of this, but it was a nice sense of community. Portland was also great because it was so green, even in winter. Wow!

A cool sign we saw by Voodoo Doughnuts.

A cool sign we saw by Voodoo Doughnuts.

The city to me also has a lot of character. There is a huge amount of re purposed buildings,many of which are built out of awesome brick. It gives the city an industrial feel, which only makes it appeal to me more as I sit here in a house that looks the same like hundreds of others around me.

One of the many awesome brick sidewalks that dot the city.

One of the many awesome brick sidewalks that dot the city.

The city of Portland is a city that I feel like I could really get to know if I lived there for a long period of time. Below are some more pictures of my trip. If you ever have a chance to go to Portland, take it, and I know you wont forget it.

An iconic looking theater that looks like it has an amazing history. I wish I had gotten to research it before I saw it so that I could understand its importance,

An iconic looking theater that looks like it has an amazing history. I wish I had gotten to research it before I saw it so that I could understand its importance.

A wonderful bridge in the local Chinese garden, which was crowded due to the Chinese New Year.

A wonderful bridge in the local Chinese garden, which was crowded due to the Chinese New Year.

An awesome brick building that seemed to be at home with the awesome buildings of Portland.

An awesome brick building that seemed to be at home with the awesome buildings of Portland.

A panorama at the Japanese garden, a place everyone must go when they travel to Portland.

A panorama at the Japanese garden, a place everyone must go when they travel to Portland.

The Adventure in Portland

I recently visited Portland and wow! It is amazing! If you ever get the chance to go to this wonderful city, make sure to visit these places: the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, the River Walk, and the Pearl district. Below is a picture I took of the Japanese Garden and it was amazing. We hiked there from a light rail station and it was worth it, with great waterfalls, creeks, and sand gardens. As well, it also had great views of the city.

A scene from Portland's Japanese Garden.

A scene from Portland’s Japanese Garden.

The culinary scene is also amazing, especially due to the great supply restaurants get from local suppliers. One place we went to was Olympic Provisions, a meat shop and restaurant that had superb food. The picture below depicts a meat board we got. and it was superb.  More posts are coming out about Portland later, see you then!

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A meat board from Olympic Provisions.