Paper in architecture

Research by design, engineering and prototyping

Jerzy F. Latka


paperback/ gebrocheerd: € 39.95: GRATIS verzending! (NL)

ISBN: 9789492516954, geïllustreerd, 522 blz., December 2017, Engels
Formaat: 23.5 (h) x 19.0 (b) x 3.2 (d) cm. Gewicht: 1213 gram.

Uitgever: TU Delft Open

serienaam/reeks: A+BE Architecture and the Built Environment


Paper is a fascinating material that we encounter every day in different variants: tissues, paper towels, packaging material, wall paper or even fillers of doors. Despite radical changes in production technology, the material, which has been known to mankind for almost two thousand years, still has a natural composition, being made up of fibres of plant origin (particularly wood fibres). Thanks to its unique properties, relatively high compression strength and bending stiffness, low production costs and ease of recycling, paper is becoming more and more popular in many types of industry.

Mass-produced paper products such as special paper, paperboard, corrugated cardboard, honeycomb panels, tubes and L- and U-shapes are suitable for use as a building material in the broad sense of these words - i.e., in design and architecture. Objects for everyday use, furniture, interior design elements and partitions are just a few examples of things in which paper can be employed. Temporary events such as festivals, exhibitions or sporting events like the Olympics require structures that only need to last for a limited period of time. When they are demolished after a few days or months, their leftovers can have a significant impact on the local environment.

In the context of growing awareness of environmental threats and the efforts undertaken by local and international organisations and governments to counter these threats, the use of natural materials that can be recycled after their lifespan is becoming increasingly widespread.

Paper and its derivatives fascinate designers and architects, who are always looking for new challenges and trying to meet the market's demands for innovative and proecological solutions. Being a low-cost and readily available material, paper is suited to the production of emergency shelters for victims of natural and man-made disasters, as well as homeless persons. In order to gain a better understanding of paper's potential in terms of architecture, its material properties were researched on a micro, meso and macro level.


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