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BOSSE, Chris

Bubble-ism/Architectures of Foam

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2007
Time: 00:00
Running time: 64 mins
For a number of years, German architect Chris Bosse has based his work on the computerised study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions. His research lies in the exploration of unusual structures pushing the boundaries of the traditional understanding of structure and architecture by means of digital and experimental formfinding. He presents the design and construction of a number of unusual projects from a 10 x 10-metre marquee based on minimal surfaces to a 180 x 180-metre swimming centre for the Olympic Games in China, based on the geometry of foam bubbles. Chris Bosse is an associate at PTW architects in Sydney, where he was a key member of the design team developing the Watercube in Beijing among several other international projects. PTW is one of the largest Australian architecture firms with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai. Chris guest-lectures at various universities internationally.

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