“Architecture fiction” is the design world’s clickbait

Imagine a skyscraper that can be deployed in minutes. Consider a load-bearing helium balloon rising from the ground floor, unfurling levels as it ascends hundreds of feet in the air. Inspired by the mechanics of an accordion, Skyshelter.zip is a lightweight structure well-suited for disaster zones where space is usually tight—it is air lifted and dropped into place by three helicopters, so you don’t need any construction on the ground. After it’s no longer needed, the skyscraper can be folded, packed up, and reused in another disaster area.

Anne Quito

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