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Membrane Structures: The Fifth Building Material [Hardcover]

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In this comprehensive work to date on membrane technology for architecture, pioneers show how one of the world's oldest forms of building material is also its most innovative.

Today, the cutting edge in architecture is not sharp but curved and undulating. It is also impermeable to moisture, resistant to extreme temperatures, flexible and portable. Known as the fifth building material after wood, stone, glass, and metal, membranes are popping up everywhere: in Olympic stadiums in Berlin and Atlanta, in airports from Denver to Bangkok, over fashion shows, formal gardens, and soccer fields. Membranes' ability to not only let in but also reflect light portends enormous possibilities for harnessing energy.

This fascinating survey of membrane structures throughout the world discusses the history of the medium, describes the materials and their uses, explores the technology of membrane construction, and investigates numerous current and future projects. A final chapter offers a reasoned argument for further research and experimentation in this rapidly expanding field and a projection of its exciting future.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.7" Width: 9.7" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   4.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2005
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791330497  
ISBN13  9783791330495  

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