Frei Otto: Structures (Longman, 1972) by Conrad Roland is a comprehensive monograph of the renowned German architect and structural engineer.
Frei Otto is perhaps the most influential figure in the movement which, within the past twenty years, has begun to revolutionise the theory and practice of architecture. The importance of his work lies in the contribution he has made in the ever-growing field of lightweight building construction and the extraordinary breadth of vision with which he views its future possibilities.
This is the first book in English to proved a comprehensive and detailed survey of the structural studies, projects, experimental devices and completed structures which have been carried out between 1953 and 1967 by Frei Otto and his followers. The major types of structure described are membrane and cablenet roof structures. These include such architectural designs of the future as pneumatic structures, multi-storey suspension buildings, compression-loaded structures such as lattice domes, mutable roofs and super-shelters spanning whole sections of a city, and giant envelopes which could be used to roof cities and valleys or to contain vast storage installations or marine cities.
– Conrad Roland, Frei Otto: Structures (Longman, 1972), excerpt from the book description on the front flap.
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photos and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are a bit toned; the dust jacket has edge wear and shelf wear.