The idea that architecture can be portable is one that grabs the imagination of both designers and the people who use it, perhaps because it so often forecasts a dynamic and creative solution to the complex problems of our contemporary mobile society, while at the same time dealing with issues of practicality, economy and sustainability.

Architecture in Motion examines the development of portable, transportable, demountable and temporary architecture from prehistory to the present day. From familiar vernacular models such as the tent, mobile home and houseboat, to ambitious developments in military and construction engineering, all aspects of portable building are considered.

Building on his earlier works Portable Architecture and Houses in Motion, Robert Kronenburg compares traditional forms of building, current commercial products and the work of innovative designers, and examines key contemporary portable buildings to reveal surprising, exciting and imaginative examples. He explores the philosophical and technological issues raised by these experimental and futuristic prototypes.

By understanding the nature of transitory architecture, a new ecologically aware design strategy can be developed to prioritise buildings that 'tread lightly on the earth' and still convey the sense of identity and community necessary for an established responsible society. This book provides a unique insight into this pivotal field of design.

chapter |12 pages


chapter 2|15 pages

Bio-Structures and Vehicles

chapter 3|21 pages

Adaptable Building Technology Before 1900

chapter 4|23 pages

The Innovators: Fuller, Eames and Otto

chapter 5|20 pages

Military Design

chapter 6|48 pages

Industries and Engineering

chapter 7|19 pages

Shelter after Disaster

chapter 8|52 pages

Experimental Architecture

chapter 9|40 pages

Portable Architecture Applications

chapter 10|24 pages

The Value of Portable Architecture