Posted by Paul Malo on March 11, 2002 at 05:25:49:
Replying here (as directed, for some reason) to a post on the Architecture Forum, the linked article stated"
"Inflatable architecture doesn't often get beyond projects and posters. It's too dangerous to make real, and it doesn't fit in."
To the contrary, at Syracuse University we have a huge stadium within an inflated structure--it has been in use for many years (and is now on its second skin). It has proven feasible with but a few problems: in order to maintain internal pressure, number of exits has to be limited, so that it is slow to empty the tens of thousands who attend major events.
We also have smaller inflated stuctures here used commerically for athletics events, such as soccer and a golf driving range. There is nothing new or remarkable about such structures.