Deployable Structures by Esther Rivas Adrover

By Esther Rivas Adrover

Deployable buildings are buildings that could suffer significant adjustments to their configuration via growth, unfolding, and different ability. In structure, they are often used to create extra versatile areas or construction parts which may adapt to altering features or necessities. This ebook appears on the leading edge of the topic, interpreting the differing kinds of deployable constitution, their fabrics and their houses. It additionally examines various ways in which such buildings should be designed, drawing on ordinary approaches and paper folding concepts. jam-packed with photos, types, drawings and diagrams, the ebook is choked with inspirational rules for structure scholars and practitioners.

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Interior view (opposite), exterior view (top), air intake duct (above left), set out of cover fully anchored to the ground ready for inflation (above right). D E F O R M A B L E / I N F L ATA B L E S 61 Inflatable Air Cell Structures Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, UK, 2001 Lindstrand Technologies; Wilkinson Eyre Architects The manipulation of fabric shaped by air can be used to achieve a vast range of structures. From inflatable dwellings held by super pressure or air cells, to airships, aerostats and gas balloons, Lindstrand Technologies operates in the fields of architecture and entertainment, and military and scientific research.

In this project it is not just walls that slide: deployable industrial design emerges in the most unexpected places, such as the bathroom. A simple and elegant example is an articulated desk made out of metal ‘petals’ that open out from a single pivot. The first large-scale built project in the world with deployable solid panels was the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the architects Mitchell & Ritchey and the engineers Ammann & Whitney. ) 40 STRUCTUR AL COMPONENTS It consisted of a dome made of eight ‘petals’, of which six were equipped with wheels that were set upon an annular track.

Magna’s interconnected inflated air cell structures. D E F O R M A B L E / I N F L ATA B L E S 63 Commonwealth Aerostat Delhi, India, 2010 Mark Fisher, Architect; Lindstrand Technologies; Elementenergy The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi saw the rise of a large body emerging effortlessly into the air. This helium-filled aerostat, designed by the architect Mark Fisher, was the centrepiece for the opening ceremony of the Games. An aerostat gains its lift through its ‘aerostatic’ buoyant force by using a lighter-than-air gas, in this case helium.

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