AIR ART: Structural and Ludic Spatial Experimentation for Future Arid Environments

Cristian Suau, Carmelo Zappulla

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book


AIR ART© is an experimental design studio -derived from FOGHIVE©- on fabrication of lightweight and modular inflatable fog collectors, which will regenerate ecosystems in the planet such as the desert or remote contexts to prevent fires, draught and water shortage. AIR ART© is a radical and in-situ experimental workshop (2013). We tested innovative structural capacities of inflatable structures and hydrophobic nets to increase the yield of atmospheric water collection. AIR ART© will work on visionary design able to ‘milk’ fog and transform it into water for drinking and irrigation. AIR ART© mainly focused on the experimental teaching and learning system of eco-design implemented in several design studios and compact workshops. The selected case shows how engaged students and tutors can rapidly develop key structural and ludic skills such as spatial games, pneumatic tests, environmental awareness, lifecycle thinking and collaborative research-by-doing applied to radical mock-ups and 1:1 prototypes. The design brief consisted of an intensive three-week workshop on conceptualisation, modelling and fabrication of a base model and various configurations by mounting inflatable modular frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart urbanism : teaching sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationbook of proceedings
EditorsAlenka Fikfak
Place of PublicationLjubljana
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • eco-design
  • fog collectors
  • pneumatic structures
  • low-tech fabrication
  • remaking
  • research by doing
  • comics
  • geometrical patterns


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