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