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Alternative materials and systems

John Chilton

John Chilton is Professor of Architecture and Tectonics at the University of Nottingham, UK. With a special interest in the history, design and construction of innovative and non-conventional structures, he is an active member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and chaired their Working Group 12 – Spatial Timber Structures – from 1998 to 2015. He is the author of Space Grid Structures and Heinz Isler: The Engineer’s Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, a book on the work of the Swiss reinforced concrete shell-builder Heinz Isler. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gabriel Tang

Gabriel Tang is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He trained at the Bartlett, University College London, UK, and worked in the offices of Foster + Partners, London. Currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on the novel use of deployable gridshells as formwork for concrete shell construction, his research interests lie in technology culture, material tectonics and the innovation synergies between architecture, structure and construction processes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Timber Gridshells : Architecture, Structure and Craft

Routledge, 2017

Book chapter

... gridshells is that the grid generally has to be fully assembled before the uniform lattice is deformed into the double-curved shape. To overcome this, some gridshells have exploited the advantages of prefabrication. Small sections...

Russia, 1917–Present Day

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson lectures in architectural history at the School of Architecture and Landscape in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and has written extensively about Russian architecture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) existed for over seventy years after the 1917 October Revolution and extended over a vast territory. A multi-national state, the USSR was composed of fifteen union republics, of which Russia...