Air Structures

By Will McLean and Pete Silver

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  • Paperback
  • 200 illustrations
  • 160 pages
  • 6¾ x 4¾
  • ISBN 9781780674827
  • Published August 2015

Air can be used in a variety of ways 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.

Filled with photographs, models, drawings and diagrams, this is the ideal book for curious students, designers and architects.

About the Author

Pete Silver and Will McLean teach at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster and are the co-authors of Fabrication (2006), Introduction to Architectural Technology (2013), and Structural Engineering for Architects (2014).

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1.0 Air Structures: A History

2.0 Air Structures in Architecture

2.1 Super Pressure Buildings

2.2 Air Beam Structures

2.3 Cable Strengthened Air Beams

2.4 Air Cell Structures

2.5 Air Cushion Building Envelopes

2.6 Buoyant Structures

2.7 Air Cell concrete frames

2.8 Air Inflated Structures

2.9 Lighter than Air Structures

3.0 Air Structures in Engineering

3.1 Inflatable Bridges

3.2 Air Suspension

3.3 Inflatable Booms and Dams

4.0 Air Actuation

4.1 Pneumatics

4.2 Air Muscles

4.3 Air Springs

4.4 Air Casters

5.0 Building with Air

5.1 Air Inflated Concrete Structures

5.2 Air Inflated Structures of Zbigniew Oksiuta

5.3 Inflatable Bridge Formwork

5.4 Concrete Canvas

5.5 Wind Shelter

6.0 Fabricating with Air

6.1 Air Inflated Furniture

6.2 Blow Molding and Glass Blowing

6.3 The Air Inflated Steel Furniture of Oskar Zieta

7.0 Materials with Added Air

7.1 Expanding Foams

7.2 Foamed Metals

7.3 Aerated Concrete