Portable Architecture

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Architectural Press, 2000 - Architecture - 192 pages
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

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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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