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Information Space (RLE: Organizations) by Max Boisot

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0.1: THE MARKET FOR AIR

I have always been casually fascinated by the potential of inflatable structures. Are not balloons, in which a maximum of structured volume is achieved with a minimum of material (because the latter is under tension), marvels of material economy? In an earlier incarnation as an architect I had often wondered at the remarkable possibilities offered by inflatable structures. At one time it had looked as if inflatable technologies would penetrate all the nooks and crannies of our daily existence: in the 1960s, for instance, no progressive architectural magazine was without its quota of inflatable stadia, tennis courts, shunting yards, etc.; and even single-storey open plan offices occasionally fell under the ...

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