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Air Structures Research

Air Structures Research

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People

  • Cedric Price (creator)
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Frank Newby (consulting engineer)
  • Felix J. Samuely & Partners (consulting engineering firm)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Title

Air Structures Research

Dates of creation

1966-1995, predominant 1966-1971

Level of archival description

File 63

Extent and Medium

  • 17 drawings
  • 4 panels
  • 0.75 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents research on air structures for a survey and final report commissioned by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, United Kingdom. The report was completed in 1969 by Cedric Price in collaboration with Frank Newby and Robert H. Suan of Felix J. Samuely and Partners, Consulting Engineers, and published in 1971 by HMSO (Her Majesty's Stationery Office). In addition to the report titled 'Air Structures: A Survey', the file contains material on Cedric Price's presentation at the 1967 International Colloquium on Pneumatic Structures at the University of Stuttgart. The creation of the Lightweight Enclosure Unit (see AP144.S2.D79) by Cedric Price and Frank Newby and their involvement with the drafting of British Standards Institution's 1976 'Draft for Development: Air Structures' (see AP144.S2.D79 and AP144.S2.D91) were also results of this initial commission. The file contains publication layouts, including drawings for Aerofoam Furniture (see AP144.S2.D43) and possibly the Tunisia Report on Tourism; design development drawings and charts, including a two-year projection for air structure research, a project integration chart of important "players" in the research, including government, academic, and industrial contacts, a chart showing cost per surface area; and five presentation panels that include a title page, diagrammatic sketches of projects dating from 1963-1965, a summary of Aerofoam furniture, drawings for Surface Oil Containment (1967) clippings, and a manuscript. Some materials in this file were published in "Cedric Price Supplement", 'Architectural Design', vol. 40, (October 1970), 508-510, and Price, Cedric, 'Cedric Price-Works II', 18, 31. Material in this file was produced between 1966 and 1995, but predominantly between 1966 and 1971.

File contains design development drawings, presentation drawings, presentation panels, and textual records.

Reference Number

AP144.S2.D63

Language of material

Documents are in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

Related units of description

  • Group DR2004:0036 in the Photographic Materials series (AP144.S6) contains negative related to this file. This file contains materials that relate to Surface Oil Containment, 1967, (project number 73, based on a job list compiled by Cedric Price's office), Lightweight Enclosures Unit (AP144.S2.D79), DOE Air Structure (AP144.S2.D91), and possibly to the Tunisia Report on Tourism (project number 68, based on a job list compiled by Cedric Price's office). Additionally, the following groups in this file contain materials related to other projects: Groups DR1995:0213:001-014 and DR1995:0213:015-019 contain material that relates to Aerofoam Ltd (AP144.S2.D43). Group DR1995:0213:015-019 contains material that relates possibly to Circlorama (AP144.S2.D51). Material in group DR2004:0098 may also relate to Lightweight Enclosures Unit (AP144.S2.D79) and DOE Air Structure (AP144.S2.D91). Group DR2004:0104 contains material for Lightweight Enclosures Unit (AP144.S2.D79), and BMI/HQ (AP144.S2.D74). Groups DR2004:0103 and DR2004:0175 contain materials for Lightweight Enclosures Unit (AP144.S2.D79). Group DR2004:0176 contains material that relates to Lightweight Enclosures Unit (AP144.S2.D79) and BTDB Computer Centre (AP144.S2.D70).

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0213:001-014
    • Title: Diagrams, some for surface oil containment, sections
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    diagrams, some for surface oil containment, sections, progress chart of draft program, plans section, sketches and axonometric drawings of inflatable furniture, presentation sheet with graph and text, elevations and plans of various air structures, collaged layout possibly for publication, and drawings with annotations for publication

    Quantity / Object type:

    14 presentation drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    Ink, adhesive film, paper collage, adhesive tape on translucent paper, reprographic copies and photomechanical prints

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 25 x 18 cm sheet (largest): 51.5 x 74 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0213:015-019
    • Title: Architect's statement, graph, clippings, diagrams, plans, sections, and elevations
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    architect's statement, graph, clippings, diagrams, plans, sections, and elevations of air structure projects, including inflatable furniture, surface oil containment, passenger coach, lifting device, community hall and cinema that relates possibly to Circlorama (AP144.S2.D51)

    Quantity / Object type:

    4 presentation panel(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation panels

    Technique and media:

    Ink on translucent paper, paper, and reprographic copies on cardboard

    Dimensions:

    panel: 70 x 80 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • DR1995:0213:016
      • Air structures research: presentation panel illustrating five projects for air structures from the period 1963-1965
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      • DR1995:0213:018
      • Air Structures Research: presentation panel with diagram for surface oil containment and news clippings
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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0098
    • Title: Collaged reprographic copies of text on paper, elevations of air structures
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    collaged reprographic copies of text on paper, elevations of air structures, and plan, elevation and exterior perspectives of inflatable structure

    Quantity / Object type:

    3 design development drawing(s)

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, and adhesive film, on translucent paper, and reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 25 x 18.5 cm sheet (largest): 37.5 x 71.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0102
    • Title: Survey summary, questionnaire results, notes, meeting notes some with sketches
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    survey summary, questionnaire results, notes, meeting notes some with sketches, cost analysis, clippings, and presentation paper for colloquium on pneumatic structures at the University of Stuttgart

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 37.5 x 1 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Folder is labeled '72 Spares'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0103
    • Title: Correspondence, including replies to report queries, trade catalogues, publications, and clippings
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 37.5 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0104
    • Title: Correspondence, trade catalogues, publications, clippings
    • Form: textual records
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    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    correspondence, trade catalogues, publications, clippings, forms relating to Lightweight Enclosures Unit, questionnaire summaries, calculations, graphs, and report covers

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.04 l.m.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0105
    • Title: Correspondence
    • Form: textual records
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    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 35 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0106
    • Title: Correspondence
    • Form: textual records
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    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24,5 x 37,5 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0107
    • Title: Report by Goodyear on inflated tubes
    • Dates of creation: 1955
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24,5 x 37,5 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0108
    • Title: 'Air Structures: A Survey Commissioned by The Ministry of Public Building and Works'
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    three bound sections of the report, 'Air Structures: A Survey Commissioned by The Ministry of Public Building and Works', including the main report, appendices, and illustrations

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.05 l.m.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • DR2004:0108:001
      • Air structures: a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Public Building & Works: stage one: main report
      • Form: textual records
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      • DR2004:0108:002
      • Air structures: a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Public Building & Works: stage one: main report
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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0109
    • Title: Sketch, photographs, trade catalogues, brochures, publication, clippings, notes, and draft consultant's report
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    sketch, photographs, trade catalogues, brochures, publication, clippings, notes, and draft consultant's report on 'Single-Skin Air-Supported Structures', possibly by Frank Newby

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 37 x 8 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Folder is labeled '72 Press Cuttings, Box 1'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0110
    • Title: Correspondence, invoices, clippings, notes, draft questionnaire, and product sample
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Dimensions:

    ring binder: 35 x 28 x 6 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0111
    • Title: Drawings, photograph, correspondence, programme, architect's statement
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    drawings, photograph, correspondence, programme, architect's statement, calculations, notes, and draft of symposium presentation for 'Pneumatic Structures Colloquium', May 1967

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Dimensions:

    ring binder: 35 x 28 x 6 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Binder is labeled 'Letters until 8-7-68'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0112
    • Title: Correspondence, trade catalogue, brochure, clippings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    correspondence, trade catalogue, brochure, clippings, notes, report, office memoranda, architect's statement for stage 2 of report, proposal, questionnaires, draft reports, meeting notes, manufacturer's business cards, list of manufacturers and products, press release, project scope, thumbnail sketches, research results, and research notes

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Dimensions:

    ring binder: 35 x 28 x 6 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0113
    • Title: Correspondence, clippings, notes, questionnaire and responses, report table of contents, and report cover
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    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Dimensions:

    ring binder: 35 x 28 x 6 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0114
    • Title: Unbound proofs of the 'Air Structures' report, with annotations
    • Dates of creation: 1971
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 37 x 3 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0115:001
    • Title: 'Air Structures' report proofs on large sheets, some with annotations
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 set(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 42 x 60 cm sheets (largest): 59.5 x 42.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The set DR2004:0115:001 is stapled at the top edge.

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    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0115:002
    • Title: 'Air Structures' report proofs on large sheets
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 set(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 42 x 60 cm sheets (largest): 59.5 x 42.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The set DR2004:0115:002 is stapled at the top edge.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0115:003
    • Title: 'Air Structures' report proofs on large sheets, some with annotations
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 set(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 42 x 60 cm sheets (largest): 59.5 x 42.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The set DR2004:0115:003 is stapled at the top edge.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0115:004
    • Title: 'Air Structures' report proofs on large sheets, some with annotations
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 set(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 42 x 60 cm sheets (largest): 59.5 x 42.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The set DR2004:0115:004 is stapled at the top edge.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0116
    • Title: Appendices for 'Air Structures' report
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 37.5 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0117
    • Title: Sketches, notes, and drafts of 'Air Structures' report
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 32 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0118
    • Title: Draft of 'Air Structures' report
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 37.5 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0119
    • Title: Sketches, photograph, correspondence, trade catalogues
    • Form: textual records
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    sketches, photograph, correspondence, trade catalogues, brochures, clippings, notes, manufacturers' business cards, and meeting notes

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 37.5 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0175
    • Title: Office memoranda, correspondence regarding copyright of images, list of images and chapters
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    11 spiral notebooks with notes for 1969 report, office memoranda, correspondence regarding copyright of images, list of images and chapters, draft questionnaires, notes, and master copies of LEU questionnaires

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 37.5 x 8 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Folder for this group is titled 'Air Structures Research / 4'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0176
    • Title: Notes, research notes, some on Felix J. Samuely & Partners letterhead, correspondence
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    contains 4 files and 1 clip binder that include, notes, research notes, some on Felix J. Samuely & Partners letterhead, correspondence, LEU questionnaire forms, conference programs for 'Air Structures Forum' in Chicago (1971), LEU order forms, clippings, photographs, including 2 stamped 'BTDB', list of slides, graphs, sketches, calculations, 1966 conference program, responses to manufacturer's questionnaires, and one folder relating to DOE Air Structure, including reports and correspondence

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 25 x 37.5 x 7 cm

    Physical Description:

    - Folder for this group is titled 'Air Structures Research'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:1275
    • Title: Drawings showing air structures proposals, annotated on verso for publication
    • Form: textual records
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    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of drawings showing air structures proposals, annotated on verso for publication possibly for 'Architectural Design', vol. 40, (October 1970), 510

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    folder: 23 x 29 x 1 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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