This Master Thesis proposes to reconsider common fabrication post-processes in architectural design (surface discretization, assembly methods) by developing a novel fabrication approach that uses a flexible material that would be further actuated – at a full scale – through inflation and additive stiffening processes.
The global form is undetermined and generated from the material behavior which is modulated by external constraints and forces applied iteratively through feedback-driven robotic stiffening applications of carbon fiber threads on the inflated extensible membrane (i.e. latex). The form-generation process stops once the pneumatic structure finds an equilibrium state between design targets and structural requirements and performances.
The membrane is finally rigidified by using glass fibers impregnated with resin and works as a compression shell.

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