Air Apparent: Pneumatic StructuresSubscription
First posited in the 1960s, the idea of pneumatic structures as a progressive and lightweight alternative to ‘normalʼ construction has renewed relevance to the current re-evaluation of energy use and new forms of climatically responsive envelopes
Increasing advancements behind 3D printing have triggered much excitement amongst architects and the media but is such fascination misguided?
Skill: Inflatable Concrete DomesSubscription
Frustrated by both expensive and labour-intensive methods of moulding concrete with steel or wooden formwork, Italian architect Dante Bini pioneered ‘air structures’: gigantic balloons that could be covered with a thin layer of concrete then inflated to form domes in a matter of hours
Cast, glazed and fired, clay is the original mass-produced building material. Today, innovative production technologies are opening a new chapter in the biography of this versatile substance
In the frameSubscription
An overarching challange: reciprocal-framed structures