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Craft, Computations, and Constructions
Research and Teaching by Jonathan Dessi-Olive.

︎MycoMatters Lab

Tactical Pneumatics I & II


This project is investigating and developing tactical deployment strategies for pneumatic structures. Pneumatic, or inflatable structures are some of the most efficient structures because they maintain their stability through air pressure, and their enclosures (skins) work in pure tension. They also have the capacity to minimize the overall weight of the structure, but also maximize the global volume change of the structure. Such unique properties make these types of deployable structures ideal for many applications ranging from interactive pavilions, disaster relief structures, long-span spatial frame and dome structures, and extra-planetary structures. The research is on-going, and being carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of academics and industry professionals in Atlanta. 

Early Pneumatic Moments

2018 - 2019

Atlanta, GA

Tactical Pneumatics II

“Airtown” by Students in Thin and Thick Construction Seminar  |  January 2019, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tactical Pneumatic I
“The Flagellum” by Michael Koliner and Jonathan Dessi-Olive  |   August 2018, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tactical Pneumatic Prototype: July 2018, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Office Dweller” by Michael Koliner

Other Projects:
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