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This second edition includes work by two new design teams and seven new case studies to help further define the relevant characteristics of this important strand of contemporary ...

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Overview

The purpose of this book is to show that portable buildings are eminently feasible, capable of a wide range of roles and economic to build and operate. They can also be subversive as well as sensitive, amusing as well as appropriate, energetic as well as economic.

This second edition includes work by two new design teams and seven new case studies to help further define the relevant characteristics of this important strand of contemporary building design.

The projects completed by the two new designers introduced in this edition have been included for very difference reasons. Architects Branson Coates designed Powerhouse::UK, a temporary British products design exhibition sponsored by the UK Department of Trade and Industry represents an establishment based endorsement of a portable building. Festo KG's 'Airtecture' hall uses inflatable technology and fundamentally could not be more different, it was not reported in the main stream press yet it won many industrial design awards.

Designers included in the first edition have continued to exercise their skills on new projects that are progressions from their former work. The nature of this book is that the case studies are primarily projects that have been taken to completion, however, it is of interest that several of the designers included here are currently involved in much more ambitious projects. The Millennium Dome is also discussed in the introduction as an example of large scale portable architecture and a high profile building in the UK.

Learn about the current and future developments in the field from the authority on portable architecture

Understand the technology behind high profile projects such as the Millennium Dome and Festo Exhibition Centre

Highly illustrated to give you full coverage of all the technical aspects in detail

Audience: Architects, structural/construction engineers, designers. Students of all related subjects, both under and post graduate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471984221
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/23/1998
  • Series: Architectural Design Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.99 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kronenburg is an architect and Chair of Architecture at the University of Liverpool, School of Architecture and Building Engineering, United Kingdom. He has written for the Architects’ Journal, Building Design, Architectural Design. and Fabrics Architecture and contributed to the World Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture edited by Paul Oliver. His books include Houses in Motion: The Genesis, History and Development of the Portable Building, Portable Architecture, FTL: Softness Movement and Light and he is editor of Transportable Environments. His most recent book, Spirit of the Machine, examines the influence of tectonics on the generation of architectural form. Professor Kronenburg is a past Fulbright fellow and in 1998 received a visiting fellowship at St.Johns College, Oxford University. His research work has received support from the Building Centre Trust, London and the Graham Foundation, Chicago and in September 2001 he took up a Leverhulme Trust fellowship to pursue research at Kyoto University, Japan. He has been a guest lecturer at universities in Europe, the Far East and the USA and contributed to a range of programmes for BBC Radio. In 1998, he was curator of the major exhibition Portable Architecture held at the Royal Institute of British Architects architecture centre and the touring exhibition Spontaneous Construction. He is curatorial advisor on the Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition Living in Motion which opened in Germany in May 2002 tours Europe until 2004.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition vi
Preface to the Second Edition viii
Preface to the Third Edition ix
Illustration Acknowledgements x
Introduction 1
Case Studies
Part I Role Models
1 Renzo Piano Building Workshop 39
IBM Pavilion, Shunji Ishida, Europe, 1982-1985
2 Tadao Ando 51
Karaza Theatre, Japan, 1987-1988
3 Future Systems 61
MoMI Hospitality Pavilion, London, UK, 1993
4 Festo 71
Airtecture Air Hall, 1996-1999
Airquarium, 2000-2001
5 TAG McLaren 85
West McLaren Mercedes Team Communications Centre, 2002
Part II Problem Solvers
6 Lorenzo Apicella 99
TSB Pavilion, UK, 1991
Hong Kong Tourist Association Pavilion, Europe, 1995
Volvo Car Marketing Units, UK, 1997
7 Alec French Partnership 117
Bristol Development Corporation Marketing
Centre, Bristol, UK, 1992
8 Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners 125
IGUS factory, Cologne, Germany, 1992-2001
9 Buro Happold 137
Antarctic Survival Tent, 1985
MEC Arena, UK, 1990
RSSB Shelter, UK, 1994
10 Branson Coates 149
Powerhouse::UK, 1998
11 Eduard Bohtlingk 161
Young Dutch Architects Biennial Exhibition, 1985
Markies Trailer, 1986-95
Spotter, 2000
Mobile Unity, 2002
Part III Specialists
12 FTL Design Engineering Studio 175
Carlos Moseley Music Pavilion, New York, USA, 1991
Cadillac Theatre, Detroit, USA, 1995
TME/LANMaS, USA, 1993-1995
AT&T Global Olympic Village, Atlanta, USA, 1996
13 Mark Fisher 201
Rolling Stones Steel Wheels/Voodoo Lounge tour sets, 1989-1995
Pink Floyd Division Bell tour set, 1993-1994
U2 Popmart tour set, 1997-1998
Rolling Stones, Bridges to Babylon set, 1997-1999
14 Maurice Agis 229
Colourspace, 1970-1995
Dreamspace, 1996-2003
15 NASA 241
Lunar Outpost project, 1990-1995
NASA TransHAB, 1997-2004
16 Weatherspace Resources Ltd. 259
BHP Diamond Mine Camp, N.W. Territories, Canada, 1993
Selected Bibliography 267
Index 271
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