On today’s Site Visit, we discuss our recent trip to Bounce Milwaukee, an indoor adventure playground that hosts a wide variety of activities including an inflatable sports arena, a laser tag course, a rock climbing wall and other attractions geared towards a broad audience of patrons. Located just off the city’s North-South freeway, Bounce Milwaukee is a destination for kids and adults alike, offering an exciting environment for birthday parties or rainy Saturdays complete with alcoholic beverages and snacks for adults. The character of Bounce Milwaukee speaks directly to Whitney’s passion for pneumatic architecture, the term used to describe membrane structures stabilized by the pressure of compressed air. First conceptualized in the 1960’s, pneumatic structures were proposed as a progressive and lightweight alternative to standard construction techniques. They have since been utilized across a diverse assortment of professions, as infrastructure for factory work to military operations used as decoys in times of war.
Whitney Moon is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches architectural history and theory, as well as design studios. Her research interests reside in 20th and 21st century art and architecture, with an emphasis on theatricality, performance and ephemeral works. Currently, she is working on a collection of essays about the rise and fall of pneumatic architecture in the 1960s and 70s entitled “Who Let the Air Out?” Moon’s writings have been published in JAE, Dialectic, Places, Room One Thousand, and The Other Architect, with a forthcoming essay in PRAXIS. A registered architect in California and Wisconsin, Moon earned her Ph.D. in Architectural History & Theory from University of California, Los Angeles, and B.Arch from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.