Air Structures

Air Structures Research: diagram for surface oil containment

File documents research on air structures for a survey and final report commissioned by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, United Kingdom. The report was completed in 1969 by Cedric Price in collaboration with Frank Newby and Robert H. Suan of Felix J. Samuely and Partners, Consulting Engineers, and published in 1971 by HMSO (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office). In addition to the report titled ‘Air Structures: A Survey’, the file contains material on Cedric Price’s presentation at the 1967 International Colloquium on Pneumatic Structures at the University of Stuttgart. The creation of the Lightweight Enclosure Unit (see AP144.S2.D79) by Cedric Price and Frank Newby and their involvement with the drafting of British Standards Institution’s 1976 ‘Draft for Development: Air Structures’ (see AP144.S2.D79 and AP144.S2.D91) were also results of this initial commission. The file contains publication layouts, including drawings for Aerofoam Furniture (see AP144.S2.D43) and possibly the Tunisia Report on Tourism; design development drawings and charts, including a two-year projection for air structure research, a project integration chart of important “players” in the research, including government, academic, and industrial contacts, a chart showing cost per surface area; and five presentation panels that include a title page, diagrammatic sketches of projects dating from 1963-1965, a summary of Aerofoam furniture, drawings for Surface Oil Containment (1967) clippings, and a manuscript. Some materials in this file were published in “Cedric Price Supplement”, ‘Architectural Design’, vol. 40, (October 1970), 508-510, and Price, Cedric, ‘Cedric Price-Works II’, 18, 31. Material in this file was produced between 1966 and 1995, but predominantly between 1966 and 1971.

File contains design development drawings, presentation drawings, presentation panels, and textual records.

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