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Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier

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Within a few years engineers were putting up warehouses and elegant railway stations of corrugated iron. By the late 1840s entrepreneurial manufacturers were sending out build-it-yourself cottages for gold prospectors in California and Australia. Whole townships complete with churches, sports pavilions, hotels, and meeting halls were soon available from catalogs, to be flat-packed and sent around the world. The First World War brought the development of the shelter known as the Nissen hut, perhaps the most iconic of all corrugated iron buildings and forerunner of the Quonset hut. Today corrugated sheet metal has proved invaluable in relief work and is used so often as roofing in the developing world that it can lay claim to shelter more people from the elements than any other building material. But the big surprise comes as architects around the world rediscover the virtues of this durable, biodegradable, and environmentally sound material, sufficiently versatile to create unique works of architecture and to house thousands in disaster zones. It answers the needs of both high-tech aesthetics and low-tech aspirations for affordability and ease of construction, as demonstrated by such cutting-edge architects as Will Bruder and Lake/Flato Architects in the United States; Glenn Murcutt in Australia; Rem Koolhaas, Nicholas Grimshaw, and Foreign Office Architects in Europe; and Shuhei Endo in Japan. Whether the appeal lies in nostalgia for rain on rusting tin roofs or in the sophistication of contemporary architecture, corrugated iron deserves to be taken seriously. It has a long and fascinating history and a future as bright as its past.

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Mornement (author on the history of design) and Holloway (engineer in architectural restoration) present a history of the use of corrugated iron in building, from its early use in railroad terminals and temporary gold digging communities in the mid 19th century, to the invention wartime Nissen and Quonset huts, its integral role in prefabricated buildings and relief work shelter, and its celebration by fine architects including Buckminster Fuller and Nicholas Grimshaw. Oversize: 10.25x12". Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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When Henry Palmer of the London Dock Company was granted the first patent for "indented or corrugated metallic sheets" in 1829, he little realized what he was starting.

Synopsis:

Within a fewyears engineers were putting up warehouses andelegant railway stations of corrugated iron. Bythe late 1840s entrepreneurial manufacturerswere sending out build-it-yourself cottages forgold prospectors in California and Australia.Whole townships complete with churches, sportspavilions, hotels, and meeting halls were soonavailable from catalogs, to be flat-packed andsent around the world. The First World Warbrought the development of the shelter known asthe Nissen hut, perhaps the most iconic of allcorrugated iron buildings and forerunner of theQuonset hut.Today corrugated sheet metal hasproved invaluable in relief work and is used sooften as roofing in the developing world that it can lay claim to shelter more people from theelements than any other building material. Butthe big surprise comes as architects around theworld rediscover the virtues of this durable,biodegradable, and environmentally soundmaterial, sufficiently versatile to createunique works of architecture and to housethousands in disaster zones. It answers theneeds of both high-tech aesthetics and low-techaspirations for affordability and ease ofconstruction, as demonstrated by suchcutting-edge architects as Will Bruder andLake/Flato Architects in the United States;Glenn Murcutt in Australia; Rem Koolhaas,Nicholas Grimshaw, and Foreign Office Architects in Europe; and Shuhei Endo in Japan.Whether the appeal lies in nostalgia for rain on rusting tinroofs or in the sophistication of contemporaryarchitecture, corrugated iron deserves to betaken seriously. It has a long and fascinatinghistory and a future as bright as its past.

Synopsis:

The definitive illustrated book on the material of preference for a new generation of architects.

Corrugated iron is a durable, biodegradable, and environmentally sound cladding system, sufficiently versatile to create one-off works of architectural sculpture and to house thousands in disaster zones. It answers the needs of both high-tech aesthetics and low-tech aspirations for affordability and ease of construction, as shown here in a wide range of residential, corporate, and industrial applications. 200 color and black-and-white photographs and drawings.

About the Author

Simon Holloway is an engineer and an expert in architectural restoration. He lives in Shropshire, England, and is the author of a prize-winning historical atlas of breeding birds. His great passion is researching and communicating the history of corrugated iron.Adam Mornement is a writer and editor specializing in the history of design and contemporary architecture. His books include Extensions, Treehouses, and No Longer Notorious.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393732405
Author:
Mornement, Adam
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Holloway, Simon
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
Building, Iron and steel
Subject:
Sheet-metal, Corrugated.
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Architecture-Specifications and Detail
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color, &, b/w photos, &, drawings
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
12 x 10 in

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"Synopsis" by , When Henry Palmer of the London Dock Company was granted the first patent for "indented or corrugated metallic sheets" in 1829, he little realized what he was starting.
"Synopsis" by , Within a fewyears engineers were putting up warehouses andelegant railway stations of corrugated iron. Bythe late 1840s entrepreneurial manufacturerswere sending out build-it-yourself cottages forgold prospectors in California and Australia.Whole townships complete with churches, sportspavilions, hotels, and meeting halls were soonavailable from catalogs, to be flat-packed andsent around the world. The First World Warbrought the development of the shelter known asthe Nissen hut, perhaps the most iconic of allcorrugated iron buildings and forerunner of theQuonset hut.Today corrugated sheet metal hasproved invaluable in relief work and is used sooften as roofing in the developing world that it can lay claim to shelter more people from theelements than any other building material. Butthe big surprise comes as architects around theworld rediscover the virtues of this durable,biodegradable, and environmentally soundmaterial, sufficiently versatile to createunique works of architecture and to housethousands in disaster zones. It answers theneeds of both high-tech aesthetics and low-techaspirations for affordability and ease ofconstruction, as demonstrated by suchcutting-edge architects as Will Bruder andLake/Flato Architects in the United States;Glenn Murcutt in Australia; Rem Koolhaas,Nicholas Grimshaw, and Foreign Office Architects in Europe; and Shuhei Endo in Japan.Whether the appeal lies in nostalgia for rain on rusting tinroofs or in the sophistication of contemporaryarchitecture, corrugated iron deserves to betaken seriously. It has a long and fascinatinghistory and a future as bright as its past.
"Synopsis" by , The definitive illustrated book on the material of preference for a new generation of architects.

Corrugated iron is a durable, biodegradable, and environmentally sound cladding system, sufficiently versatile to create one-off works of architectural sculpture and to house thousands in disaster zones. It answers the needs of both high-tech aesthetics and low-tech aspirations for affordability and ease of construction, as shown here in a wide range of residential, corporate, and industrial applications. 200 color and black-and-white photographs and drawings.

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