Future Realities
John Johansen


Inflated Bubble. Exhibition Screens

©Monica Pidgeon

What I'm presenting at this time are recent projects, six or seven of them, which have occupied my interest and energies in the last eight or ten years. These projects are not to be built now. These objects involve building technologies which are still in the state of research and development. So l delight in the idea that I'm somehow moving my career forward in a way toward buildings that will not be built but buildings that will be in this way, or rather after I may be gone. I have discussed these building technologies not only with engineers who understand the present ways of building but physicists who, as pure scientists, have an ear in the future and know the possibility of new building methods. So I'm involved in kinetics and hydraulics which are known now but electromagnetics and things of this sort which are really not known to the architectural profession now.


Inflated Bubble. Exhibition Screens

©John Johansen

The first of these projects is one called "The Inflated Bubbles" or "Cluster Of Bubbles". Now these we have known, inflated spheres, before or up to this time. But this is a composite arrangement of bubbles in which the spaces are combined, or in which we have a complication of interior volumes which, if not controlled by pumps to maintain the equal pressure that they must so this will not collapse. This is then the first time using computer controls and then monitoring the variable pressure in one chamber or another. This is then a totally... it can be equalised. As a modern architect, I insist that there be first of all a way of building, that that way of building explains itself in the aesthetic of the project, that it have a program of use, it has a purpose and it has functional use throughout. This then is not necessary to many architects, particularly in the US now, who go blithely ahead with images and styles which have no particular meaning, no connection with either purpose, function or building method. So I want to establish right away my position of that sort.

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