"Drop-Stitch" Aerotecture Pattern Language

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Nov. 4, 2019                               Dave Santos

"Drop-Stitch" Aerotecture Pattern Language

Drop-stitch construction is how inflatable paddle boards and Peter Lynn's giant flag kites are shaped. In megascale inflatable architecture, the drop-stitch principle offers aerotectural possibilities to create livable spaces. Similarly, fabric "dart" structure, that distributes skin-loads in blimp envelopes and SS wings, forms ready walls and floors.

Someday vast ram-valve-inflated aero-urbanism could be based on this classic tensile structural pattern-language. There would of course be ample stored AWE to maintain flight and turgor pressure in times of no wind.