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Lightweight Landscape: Enhancing Design through Minimal Mass by Alessandra Zanelli, Luigi Spinelli, Carol Monticelli, Paolo

By Alessandra Zanelli, Luigi Spinelli, Carol Monticelli, Paolo Pedrali

This booklet explains how light-weight fabrics and constructions could be deployed in structures to fulfill excessive environmental and aesthetic criteria and emphasizes how the idea that of lightness in development expertise and layout dovetails with the need to reinforce panorama. the 1st a part of the e-book, on light-weight development, goals to foster using membranes in the particular climatic context and specifically considers how light-weight fabrics and cutting edge applied sciences can improve the standard of transitority areas. the second one half focuses completely on panorama, featuring novel techniques within the look for visible lightness and the search to enhance city areas. specific cognizance is paid to the Italian adventure, the place the conventional appreciation of brick and stone has restricted the scope to be used of light-weight constructions and membrane fabrics, usually relegating them to a secondary or irrelevant position. The reader will come to understand how this angle demeans a truly complicated effective area and neglects the traditional culture of transitority structure.

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The more symbiotic this relationship is, the more cost-effective the process is and the more satisfactory the product becomes. Fig. 11 The form of tessellation. Sanina and Marcelo Architects, Madrid, 2009. Following the tessellation concept, an ephemeral house was created by a sequence of textile layers, each one produced in a different manner (Source Courtesy SM Archive) 16 A. Zanelli Fig. 12 Textile as a building product. Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zenith Auditorium, Strasbourg 2008. The impressive textile skin of this permanent architecture was installed in only ten weeks.

In the field of lightweight materials and membranes, materials used for temporary functions can become used for permanent functions. The building materials used in permanent functions are also used for temporary functions: at the design stage it is important to precisely define the building’s function, be aware of its context and establish the expected life cycle of the building under design. References Ashby M (2009) Materials and the environment: eco-informed material choice. Butterworth-Heinemann, Cambridge Commoner B (1972) The closing circle.

G. translucent membrane material such as PTFE (poly tetraflouroethylene) coated glass fibres or transparent foils made of a copolymer of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) were milestones in the search for appropriate materials for the building envelope. The variety of projects that offer vastly different type and scale shows the enormous potential of these high-tech, high performance building materials which in its primordial form are among the oldest of mankind. Their predecessors, animal skins, were used to construct the very first type of building envelopes, namely tents.

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