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REVIEW - Lightness By Adriaan Beukers and Ed van Hinte.010 Publishers, 2005. 192pp. £18

Subtitled 'the inevitable renaissance of minimum energy structures', this is the fourth (minimally) revised edition of a book first published in 1998, which has since appeared on many student reading lists. 'It is an utterly convinced, and fairly convincing celebration. It has a specific focus on materials, form and structure. It is a visual and lateral-thinking delight - a mine of useful data and lucid explanation, ' wrote Simon Connolly (AJ 17.06.99).

'Architects are often more interested in the image of lightness than in lightness itself, ' say the authors. They believe that 'the quest for efficient structures is firmly rooted in history' - that 'desert tents can contribute to our knowledge just as well as giraffes or Stealth Bombers'. That gives the flavour of this engaging book.

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