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New Cloud Over London

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The Cloud. Image by GMJ.

The latest pavilion entry to the London 2012 Olympics aims to achieve a new level of lightness. Arguing that the typical structures devised for such events are ponderous and static in nature, the diverse team of architects, artists, and engineers orchestrated by MIT’s Senseable City Lab have proposed a Cloud pavilion consisting of a collection of inhabitable bubbles elevated above two large towers. As proposed, the Cloud would be powered by solar, wind, water, and human-driven sources, and the spheres would be filled with human “particles” comprised by pavilion visitors. If selected, the Cloud would certainly be one of the most daring inflatable structures built.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.