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Espacio La Nube

This award-winning design team from Madrid creates inflatable architecture. In their first appearance in the USA they will bring Space Cloud, an innovative 8,000 sq.ft. pavilion with an integrated LED lighting system to Kit Carson Park. It will be the site of multiple art installations and performances and a pre-festival STEAM Day for 300 Taos County students. The designers will improvise custom lighting effects throughout the festival to respond to the changing events and installations.

espacio la nube

About the artist

Espacio La Nube is a design and architectural team including Hugo Cifre, Álvaro Gomis García and Miguel Ángel Maure Blesa based in Madrid, Spain.

Learn More

  • Espacio la Nube - Space 10 Cloud 9
    Espacio la Nube - INCM
    Espacio la Nube - Gandia Blasco
    Espacio la Nube - Easa Bubble
    Espacio la Nube - The Bubble
  • Espacio la Nube - Stand HNA

skills applied

  • Presostatic pneumatic structures
  • Inflatable Architecture
  • Engineering Design

MESSAGE FROM THE ARTIST


Inflatable structures and inflatable buildings are used in many ways including membrane roofs and covers, sails, pavilions, furniture and art sculptures. Inflatable habitats or expandable habitats are pressurized structures capable of supporting life in outer space whose internal volume increases after launch. They have frequently been proposed for use in space applications to provide a greater volume of living space for a given mass.

Espacio La Nube's inflatable pavilion falls within the category of the "Presostatic Pneumatic Structures". It is a monolayer inflatable pavilion that achieves structural equilibrium by filling the totality of the pavilion volume with a constant flow of air through a system of ventilators that never stop working, which allows it to work at much lower pressures than the pressurized structures.  
If you want to play around with designing inflatables and see how they work you can try out some of the STEAM Activities in the STEAM Wiki below. You can make inflatable art sculptures using simple materials like plastic bags and tape.

STEMarts Design Tool
 

The Stemarts Design Tool provides a step-by-step tool to show you how to engage with the Pollinator Concentrator, a site specific interspecies installation at the Rio Fernando Park created by BioSTEAM Lab artist, Ana MacArthur. Explore the artist page to learn about the installation, to understand its purpose and how it works. Research the science and technology behind the art. Experiment with the hands-on STEAM activities to understand the artist process before coming to visit the installation at Rio Fernando Park. Take a field trip to experience the Pollinator Concentrator in person! And finally, when you go back to your classroom, create art inspired by the artist's installation and contribute to the related citizen science projects to be a part of Taos Land Trust's ongoing efforts to restore the watershed and pollinator communities at Rio Fernando Park. This tool will take you through each stage of the process. Just click on Explore to get started!

Explore interspecies site specific installations.

Andy Wagener creates innovative installations that raise awareness to social and environmental challenges. He does this through the use of unique materials and technologies, but also because he chooses topics that he connects with personally. For this activity you will design an installation concept to explore an environmental issue that you are passionate about. For ideas you can visit the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Discuss the issues with your team until you find an environmental challenge that you all agree on.

Research the science and technology behind the work.

Once you have identified the environmental challenge, it is time to research the facts about your topic. Check out the STEAM wiki below to get you started. Explore pros and cons, investigate any controversies, and have discussions with experts in the field until you have a strong grasp of the topic. It is also important to start researching materials and tools that can be used to communicate your ideas. Review the artist’s work on this page to learn about how he created the CLOUDNET installation to raise awareness about the dangers of ghost fishing. What can you learn from his process? The research will continue as you progress with the design but you should have enough information to start exploring how to communicate these ideas through art.

Experiment to see what’s possible.

Now that you have done the research on your topic and tools you can start brainstorming on ideas for an art installation and testing out some materials and techniques. Even if you are not going to build the installation in this phase you still need to play around with materials to see what is possible. Explore all the STEAM wikis below which include some fun technology tools that the artist used. Start sketching out concepts and jotting down notes with ideas for an installation. Don’t try to edit at this point. Start a sketchbook just for this project and write or draw anything that comes to mind. This is where you let your imagination run wild!

Visit the Rio Fernando Park.

The next step is to do a final drawing that communicates your design concept for an installation. This could be done by hand or on a computer. The design should show what it will look like and the materials you would use. It would consider possible sites and how people would interact with it. It can include diagrams, text, photos or anything you like. Most importantly it would show how the installation serves to raise awareness to the environmental issue that you chose. Since an installation is multidimensional you will have to find a unique and creative way to communicate your installation concept.

STEAM wiki

The STEAM-wiki is a place to get started with your artist research. You will find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to Espacio La Nube's work.

You can search by clicking on the links below or you can click on the topic words in the word cloud for specific areas of interest. For example, INFLATABLE ARCHITECTURE to learn about the engineering principles behind this new kind of inflatable structure or LED Lighting to learn more about creating art with LED lights. If you are looking for STEM + Art activities type in STEAM Activities. To view all options, use the keyword ALL.

Remember the resource is an open forum sharing links and ideas that others have found – always check your sources and give credit where credit is due. The open source movement generously shares its knowledge and relies on user feedback – so if there’s something really good or doesn’t work let others know.

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Next Generation Science Standards

Core Idea ETS1: Engineering Design

ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

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