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  • On the use of air-supported structures

    The authors of this article considered some aspects related to the history, manufacture and operation of temporary public pneumatic structures in an urban environment. In recent years, pneumatic structures have been used quite often and successfully as multipurpose portable temporary structures for public use. They are an excellent alternative to traditional capital structures made of steel, concrete, bricks. The authors showed design differences and features of air-supported and air-inflatable buildings, described in detail the areas of their application, advantages and disadvantages. This article discusses the characteristics of the material used for coating pneumatic structures, modern innovative trends in the production of multilayer composite membranes. The authors of this article conclude about the possibility of expanding the use of pneumatic structures instead of traditional portable temporary public buildings.

    Keywords: air support building, temporary structure, pneumatic structure, membrane, dome, inflatable structure, temporary structure, mobile structure, composite material, long-span structure, multi-purpose space

  • On the development of facade glazing systems for civil buildings

    A comparative analysis was made of the evolution of the development of facade glazing systems in the design of public buildings both abroad and in Russia. It has been established that both abroad and in Russia are characterized by the appearance of buildings with continuous glazing, the production of glass and double-glazed windows of a new generation: with magnetron application of heat-reflecting coatings and with energy-saving characteristics. The shape, size, placement of the glazed surfaces of the facade were determined by the climatic conditions, economic and scientific-technical development of the countries.

    Keywords: Facade glazing, translucent facades, Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, stained glass, cold-formed glass, cold facade, exhaust facade, external natural factors

  • Simulation of the design activity diversification of innovative enterprise

    In recent years, competition has increased among leading universities for leadership. The competition affects the architectural environment of the university campus. So what trends have helped to shape university campuses in recent years? 1.Starchitecture. Contemporary Campus Design(2018), universities continue to be drawn by the allure of the world-renowned architects known as the “starchitects”. 2. Adaptive reuse– a model that, according to its advocates, can be more environmentally friendly and cost-effective and is far more sensitive to the local landscape. 3. Sustainability. Sustainable development consists of balancing local and global efforts to meet basic human needs without destroying or degrading the natural environment. “The greenest building is the one that’s already built”, but a desire to build sustainably is still a huge influence on the creation of new university structures. 4. Shared use. One way to address the underuse of university buildings is by sharing them with other organisations. This can help to save money and reduce the university’s carbon footprint. 5. Informal, flexible learning spaces. The shift away from lecture theatres is a definite trend. Online learning is transforming the spaces that universities are building. There is noting a rise in student demand for “hub buildings”, which “comprise informal learning spaces, social spaces, IT facilities, dining areas and counselling [services]” 6. The allure of the city- a city centre location looks increasingly desirable to universities intent on satisfying the demands of students. According to the authors of the article, the use of the above principles in the design of campuses will increase their competitiveness.

    Keywords: educational campus, educational space, adaptive use, reuse, ecological rationality, innovation, modern architecture, restoration, multipurpose space, city