Center for Experimental Structures [CES]: Morphology | Part 002


Format: Analog
Country: US, New York
Genre: Research
Year: 2017 - 2020


Studies of casting soft membrane inflatable structures

Exploration of material interrelations and morphological forms were achieved through computational and physical modeling.
Our team explored inflatable bladders as flexible formwork for casting cementitious structures. The formwork was suspended from pouring points at certain corners to  allow the mesh to deform into catenary shells under gravity. Heat sealing patterns were developed to channel the mix into the bladders and direct structural forces through the grid shell. We also tested woven aircraft cable and networked zip-ties as strategies for integral reinforcement.

PUBLICATIONS
Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Undergraduate InProcess Issue 24. Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Undergraduate InProcess Issue 25. Fall 2018 - Spring 2019