Smart Geometry 2010: Working Prototypes
Inflatable Fabric Envelopes

Tutors: Dr. Axel Kilian (Princeton University) and Adam Davis (Foster and Partners)
IaaC (Institute for advanced architecture Catalonia) - Barcelona

2010

Inflatable Fabric Envelopes

Tutors: Dr. Axel Kilian (Princeton University) and Adam Davis (Foster and Partners)
IaaC (Institute for advanced architecture Catalonia) - Barcelona

2010

The goal of the workshop group was to explore the use of inflatable fabric envelopes. We made use of the dual membrane principle used in inflatable tube kites where tension resistant membrane and air tight bladders are separated. Thus, allowing for lightweight, strong structures with a relatively high level of shape control and the ability to use standard sewing techniques for construction.

As participants we were encouraged to experiment with new uses for those techniques in the architectural and engineering context such as inflatable molds or lightweight structures. We build prototypes to test them by combining parametric and computational modeling techniques with digital fabrication and sewing.