ETFE: Technology and Design

ETFE: Technology and Design

By: Annette LeCuyer (author)Hardback

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ETFE foil has recently become an important material for the cladding of technologically sophisticated and innovative buildings. This material is very thin and lightweight and, when used in air-filled cushion assemblies, has enormous strength and a range of adaptive environmental attributes. ETFE cushion enclosures became known primarily through Grimshaw Architects' Eden Project and Herzog + de Meuron's Allianz Arena, and they are being used on the spectacular swimming stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the largest ETFE building envelope in the worldso far. This book is conceived as an in-depth introduction to the characteristics of ETFE and its applications in construction. Project examples explore in detail the specific characteristics of ETFE building skins in the areas of structural behavior, light transmission, insulation, acoustics, fire engineering and environmental modification.

About Author

Annette LeCuyer is an architect and a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Foreword Ian Liddell 1. Introduction: Pleasure, Power and Payload evolution of balloons / the pneumatic imagination evolution of concepts of ideal environment - Garden of Eden to Crystal Palace 2. The Pneumatic Imagination: Architectural Ideas and Applications Concepts of lightness, efficiency (doing more with less) and total environments as developed by Buckminster Fuller, Walter Bird, Frei Otto and Archigram 3. Material Matters: ETFE Material ingredients/chemical makeup, manufacture/processing, properties Who developed ETFE, original use and subsequent applications outside architecture and building construction manufacturing of ETFE films (cutting and patterning, welding, printing) first generation ETFE architectural projects -Munich Olympics maintenance depot (Gunter Behnisch) -Botanical and aquatic enclosures in Germany and the Netherlands- Vector/Foiltec Design and Production Stefan Lehnart 4. Soft Structure characteristics of the material: yield, equilibrium with air pressure characteristics of the cushion system; fluid damping, synclastic system, size and shape, span, air pressure, camber, lighter primary structure, elimination of secondary structure, temperature and humidity, creep, edge stresses / edge details, puncture / repair 5. The Performative Skin Light transmission / UV transmission Degradation Thermal performance Acoustics Fire Sustainability - raw materials, embodied energy, energy consumption in use, recycling, Cradle-to-cradle Energy production / photovoltaics 6. Environmongery - The Variable Skin Ability to change light transmission, thermal attributes and appearance through variable air pressure 7. Life Safety 8. The Communicative Skin 9. The Climatic Envelope: The Next Generation -Projects now on the drawing boards offer the potential of achieving the large environmental envelopes envisioned by Fuller, Otto and others. -Implications/projections/crystal gazing Public vs private realms Liberation vs captivation (internal freedom vs external control) Flexibility vs monoculture Sustainability and the environment Afterword Ben Morris Project credits Bibliography Acknowledgments / image credits

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783764385637
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9783764385637
  • weight: 1138
  • ISBN10: 3764385634

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