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Commissioner by the Arts Council of Great Britain, the film Atmosfields ( 1969-1970 ) brings together a great number of architect Graham Stevens’ projects making use of inflatables.

A few years later, Graham Stevens produced “Desert Cloud” ( 1972 ), a project flying in the Arabian desert, filmed in Kuwait.

"Desert Cloud" ( 1972 ), by Graham Stevens.

Almost no remaining information exists on this project.

Lesson / Koan :

Graham Stevens work rejects the idea of architecture as something static and explores the interaction between human and the invisible environments surrounds them daily.

Sketch by Graham Stevens.

Stevens’ produced the first inflatable structures which appeared in the early James Bond films.

BTW,

The ideas of Walking on Air and Walking on Water offer a perfect expression off a new relationship to the environment, the plastic membrane in both cases becoming an extension of the living body. But such inflatable structures do not only interrogate the individual’s relationship with the natural environment, but they also establish a new internal gravity system.

NOTE :

Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao project for "Floating Cloud Structures (Cloud Nine)", ca. (1960). Black-and-white photograph mounted on board. 15 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (40.3 x 50.2 cm).

Partially inspired by the incipient space program, the utopian architecture of the 1960s yielded visions of floating communities hovering among the clouds. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao created such a concept, entitled “Project for Floating Cloud Structures (Cloud Nine) in 1960.” Fuller’s imaginary floating sphere-enclosed cities are given a sense of feasibility through technical explanations that would seem to render them possible. The visionary architect drafted plans in the early sixties for spheres that would hover above the earth and hold several thousand “passengers.”

Brief BIO on – Shoji Sadao

Currently Executive Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Inc., architect Shoji Sadao collaborated with both R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi on many important projects. Sadao met Fuller while studying architecture at Cornell University. In 1965 they formed Fuller and Sadao, P.C., whose first project was the large geodesic dome for the U.S. Pavilion at EXPO 67 in Montreal. Fuller introduced Sadao to sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the pair worked on garden and landscape projects in the 1960s. In 1971 they formed Noguchi Fountain and Plaza, Inc., which completed the sculptor’s Philip A. Hart Plaza and Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain in Detroit.


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