Air Structures Research
Part of:
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Frank Newby (consulting engineer)
  • Felix J. Samuely & Partners (consulting engineering firm)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Air Structures Research


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:


Materials in this series were kept in the original order in which they were received.
Language of material:
  • English, German, Dutch, French, Italian
Related units of description:
  • For additional materials related to this project, see files DR2004:0036, DR2004:0278 and DR2004:1386 in the Photographic Materials series (AP144.S6), which contain negative related to this file. Files DR2004:0172, DR2004:0183, DR2004:0185, DR2004:0191, DR2004:0204, DR2004:0123, DR2004:0133, possibly DR2004:0142, DR2004:0120, DR2004:0121, DR2004:0135, DR2004:0151, DR2004:0152, DR2004:0169 and possibly DR2004:0134 also contain materals related to this project. This project series contains materials that relate to some projects not further documented in this fonds: Surface Oil Containment, 1967, (project number 73, based on a job list compiled by Cedric Price's office); Tunisia Report on Tourism (project number 68, based on a job list compiled by Cedric Price's office). Some files in this project series contain materials related to other project series in this fonds: File DR1995:0213:001-014 and DR1995:0213:015-019 contain materials that relate to project series AP144.S2.D43, Aerofoam Ltd; File DR1995:0213:015-019 contains materials that may relate to project series AP144.S2.D51, Circlorama; File DR2004:0098 may relate to project series AP144.S2.D79, Lightweight Enclosures Unit and project series AP144.S2.D91, DOE Air Structure; File DR2004:0104 contains material for project series AP144.S2.D79, Lightweight Enclosures Unit, and project series AP144.S2.D74, BMI/HQ; Files DR2004:0103 and DR2004:0175 contain materials for project series AP144.S2.D79, Lightweight Enclosures Unit; File DR2004:0176 contains materials that relate to project series AP144.S2.D79, Lightweight Enclosures Unit, and project series AP144.S2.D70, BTDB Computer Centre.

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