"Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão (December 1685 – November 18, 1724) was a Portuguese priest and naturalist, who was a pioneer of lighter-than-air airship design.
In 1709 Gusmão presented a petition to King João V of Portugal, seeking royal favour for his invention of an airship, in which he expressed the greatest confidence. The contents of this petition have been preserved, together with a picture and description of his airship. Developing the ideas of Francesco Lana de Terzi, S.J., Gusmão wanted to spread a huge sail over a boat-like body like the cover of a transport wagon; the boat itself was to contain tubes through which, when there was no wind, air would be blown into the sail by means of bellows. The vessel was to be propelled by the agency of magnets which were to be encased in two hollow metal balls. The public test of the machine, which was set for June 24, 1709, did not take place.
It is known that Gusmão was working on this principle at the public exhibition he gave before the Court on August 8, 1709, in the hall of the Casa da Índia in Lisbon, when he propelled a ball to the roof by combustion. The king rewarded the inventor by appointing him to a professorship at Coimbra and made him a canon. He was also one of the fifty selected as members of the Academia Real de História, founded in 1720; and in 1722 he was made chaplain to the Court. Gusmão also busied himself with other inventions, but in the meantime continued his work on his airship schemes, the idea for which he is said to have conceived while a novice at Bahia. His designs included a ship to sail in the air consisting of a triangular gas-filled pyramid, but he died without making progress." #history#historicalart#diagrams#historyinpictures#historylover#historybuff#flight#historychannel#zeppelin#blimps#historyofflight#historymemes#historymade#atleasthetried#inventors#inventions#HistoryMuseum#historylovers#flight#airships#historytour#historybooks#BartolomeuLourençodeGusmão#enlightenment#reneissance#humanism#historyteacher#historyphoto#historyclass
Still alive!! Just a bit buried under projects and unpacking and recovering from the last few weeks 😭But I thought I would give you a sneak peak into a project I'm working on - and a glimpse of my strangeness as a kid.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I practically memorized the ASPCA book of dog breeds as a kid. I also poured over my family's dictionary for fun, mainly because I was fascinated by these beautifully illustrated diagrams that catalogued everything from automobile styles to our solar system to types of worms. I bought my own edition a few years ago, and now I'm using it as inspiration/reference for an exciting project I'm working on now. Stay tuned!
_Agadir Convention Center, OMA, 1990
_diagrama de vários cortes esquemáticos do projeto. o uso da técnica figura-fundo é eficiente para evidenciar o partido do projeto: teto e chão formam “dunas” que buscam a integração com a paisagem marítima do entorno | diagram of various sections of the project. the use of the figure-ground technique is efficient to evidence the party of the project: roof and sockle form “dunes” that seek integration with the maritime landscape of the surroundings.