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A Brief History of Inflatable Architecture
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A Brief History of Inflatable Architecture
2013-3-21 0:31:13

New York wrapped a series of parties, held around the city inside the inflatable dome. But inflatable architecture has been around for at least 40 years. Archidose just did a brilliant round-up of the highpoints. Here's a brief summary.

The idea began, naturally, in the 1960s. The one up top is a design by the visionary, almost forgotten American firm Jersey Devil; at the bottom is a 1970 project by Ant Farm--whom you probably know from their outdoor installation Cadillac Ranch, which featured ten cars buried halfway into the ground.

 

More recently, the artist Michael Rakowit created ParaSITE, in 1988. Intended as a wry joke about the waste products which we never think about, it used the HVAC exhaust from buildings to inflate the structure.

 

Alexis Rochas, an architecture professor at SCI-Arc, created this installation in 2006. Computers were used to cut more precise shapes; Rochas had the idea that in the future, we'd pack our homes into a suitcase.