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Soft Shells: Design and Technology of Tensile Architecture [Hardcover]

Hans-Joachim Schock

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May 1997 376435450X 978-3764354503
The innovative technique of building with membranes has experienced a revolutionary development over the past thirty years. The spectrum of applying these light-weight, extraordinarily versatile structures has widened considerably and today includes shelters for sports facilities, airports, recreational facilities as well as buildings for scientific and medical purposes all the way to residential buildings. The extremely thin membranes are capable of spanning great distances without supports and are highly flexible in shape. They are easily assembled and therefore not only very attractive solutions for mobile uses but also very cost effective. Last, but not least, the transparent or translucent membranes allow for natural lighting and offer climatic advantages.This book shows 30 selected membrane structures from the past decade and discusses characteristic details in the construction of each building.Construction drawings, carefully described and reproduced to scale, and photographs illustrate the building methods and the characteristics of the materials used.

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3.0 out of 5 stars soft shells: tensile architecture 7 Mar 2000
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always a wonder to find a book that is actually about architecture and not just jammed with glamour-shots and heresay! this is a book that imparts an understanding of where technology stands with no illusions of grandeur, while pushing us toward a capability to actually achieve something truly grand.
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