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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

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... forming regular triangles and hexagons (Figures 6.26 Source: © Gabriel Tang. Figure 6.22 The timber gridshell was raised upwards by temporary timber struts (b) (c) Figure 6.23 , (b) and (c) Restaurant entrance timber gridshell roof...

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

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... benefits of employing local craftspeople. A number of Theme Pavilion (middle) and Information Office (bottom) at the Silk Road Exposition, Nara, Japan, 1988 projects employing timber or bamboo are described, Source: © Gabriel Tang, after ja+u...

Made to measure

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

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... in an arrangement using the Zollinger or reciprocal principle; (b) the design of a unit which forms the entire gridshell Sources: © Ollertz Architekten; (b) © Gabriel Tang. (b) Figure 7.5 and (b) Interior views of compression...

Ribbed gridshells

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

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... development of the original Frei Otto foldable lattice shell. In their multi-layer form, the separate laths of lattice gridshells have to be linked by some form of shear connection so that the parallel layers work together...

Second-generation deployable gridshells (post-Mannheim)

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

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... The Wings of the Soul, Cowley, G. (2012) Recorded interview with Gordon Cowley by G. Architectural Monographs No. 47, Academy Editions, Tang, 1 April 2012. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Davey, P. (2000) ‘Paper palace’, The Architectural...

Introduction: Shell swith holes

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

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... Poleni (1748) for a given plan form, the rise of the gridshell may be Sources: (a) (© Gabriel Tang; (b) Adriaenssens et al. (2014). altered by varying the overall dimensions of the mesh. One or more arched ribs may be introduced within...

Current practce

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

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... in the early 1960s there have been many advances in timber technology, digital design and fabrication techniques. In this chapter a number of recent completed projects and projects under construction are reviewed to demonstrate...

Early gridshells

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

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... co-ordinates of the mesh nodes were Expo’67 gridshells determined using the IL measuring table (ibid.: 132) Source: © Gabriel Tang, redrawn from Hennicke and Schaur (1974: gridshells assembly of Montreal Expo’67 gridshells Source: ©...