Author(s): Whitney Moon
Is it possible for an architectural space that can be used by anyone, to happen anywhere, anytime? This paper explores how pneumatic (a.k.a. inflatable) architecture can be deployed to address social resilience on a multiplicity of levels. Focusing on The Warming Hive—a recently completed pneumatic enclosure designed by architecture students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—this study challenges a common misconception that social resilience in architecture is limited to disaster relief. As evidenced by The Warming Hive, pneumatic architecture can generate new forms of social resilience, whereby communities are built though social engagement, one inflation at a time.
John Folan & Julie Ju-Youn Kim