Air Structures presents an eclectic survey of buildings, engineering structures, sculpture, furniture and other utility, where the use of air is the key structural, motive or generative element. Often viewed as a niche area of the building arts, this sourcebook encourages the reader to explore the potential of Air Structures and the inexpensive and plentiful 'material' of pressurized air. Against a backdrop of environmental imperatives, which as Richard Buckminster Fuller usefully reminded us, suggest we "Do more with less"; the examples in this book illustrate the immense structural and environmental properties of differential air pressure and the myriad artefactual possibilities.
Air can be used to make lightweight, flexible structures. It can be used to make inflatable structures, mobile structures and temporary buildings, it can also activate movable elements and act as a means of constructing buildings that would be impossible with conventional construction methods. This book looks at every facet of the subject, examining the different types of air structure: super pressure buildings, air beam structures, buoyant structures, inflatable structures and many more. It also looks at the construction methods that use air, such as air-inflated steel, aerated concrete and blow moulding.
|Keywords||Air Structures, Pneumatic, Inflatable|
|Publisher||Laurence King Publishing Ltd|
|Place of publication||London|