Member 199
3 entries
29314 views

 RSS
Contributor to project:
ET2 Architecture?
Matt Thomson
Immortal since Nov 4, 2007
Uplinks: 0, Generation 1
  • Affiliated
  •  /  
  • Invited
  •  /  
  • Descended
  • mthomson’s project
    ET2 Architecture?
    This research studio will focus on architectural horizon and ground in a new way; from the perspective of what was called the big blue marble in...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.


    Below is Sir Edmund Hillary's obituary from the New York Times. Hillary was the first person to summit Mt. Everest in 1953.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/world/asia/11hillary.html?hp

    While this item does not directly apply to our research; I am posting it as a reminder that in the recent past voyages were not activities to be undertaken for pleasure or leisure. Voyages were used for imperialistic, scientific, or economic purposes, to name a few. As the obituary mentions, Hillary's ascent of Everest was a source of national pride for the United Kingdom, at a time in it's history when the UK was still recovering from he destruction of World War II.

    Two other voyages in the same vain that the obituary mentions are Roald Amundsen being the first to trek to the South Pole in 1911 and Charles Lindbergh being the first to fly a non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.

    It is also worth noting that some of the same competative reasons that these men, supported by either a nation or private industry, undertook these voyages may apply to the private citezen's whom are undertaking leisure voyages today.
    Wed, Jan 16, 2008  Permanent link

    Sent to project: ET2 Architecture?
      RSS for this post
      Promote
      
      Add to favorites
    Create synapse
     
    Joshua Slocumb, a Canadian, was the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone. He took this occasion to read and write. In 1900, upon his return he published a description of his voyage titled Sailing Around the World Alone. Below are some images of the boat, The Spray, that he used to sail around the globe.










    Fri, Nov 30, 2007  Permanent link

    Sent to project: ET2 Architecture?
      RSS for this post
      Promote (3)
      
      Add to favorites
    Create synapse
     
    Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese maritime explorer who while working for the Spanish crown, tried to find a westward route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan's voyage began in Seville with five ships and 270 men.



    This was the first known successful attempt to circumnavigate the Earth. He did not complete his final westward voyage; he was killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. As he died farther west than the Spice Islands, which he had visited on earlier voyages from the west, he became one of the first individuals to cross all the meridians of the globe. He was the first person to lead an expedition sailing westward from Europe to Asia and to cross the Pacific Ocean. Magellan was the first European explorer to enter the Pacific from the Strait of Magellan, which he discovered. He is also remembered as the first European to reach the archipelago of what is now known as the Philippines. Arab traders had established commerce within the archipelago centuries earlier.

    Of the 270 crew members who set out with Magellan to circumnavigate the earth, only 18 completed the circumnavigation of the globe and managed to return to Spain.

    Magellans voyage lasted from August 10, 1519 through September 6, 1522 and covered 14,460 leagues or 43,400 nautical miles. The voyage completed with Juan Sebastian Elcano as the Master.



    One of the many legacies of Magellan's voyage is the establishment of the International Dateline, as the sailors noticed that there calendars differed from those in Spain upon their return.
    Fri, Nov 30, 2007  Permanent link

    Sent to project: ET2 Architecture?
      RSS for this post
      Promote (1)
      
      Add to favorites
    Create synapse
     
          Cancel