Chris Rink
757-864-6786, 757-344-7711
Talk Features Inventor Who Designs ''Transformers''
HAMPTON, Va. -- Is it movie magic or technology that more than meets the eye?

Chuck Hoberman will speak about his pioneering work in the field of transformable design when he presents, "Transformable: Building Structures That Change Themselves" on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center here at NASA's Langley Research Center.

The founder of Hoberman Associates uses transformable principles for consumer products, deployable shelters and aerospace structures. Hoberman will give an overview of his techniques to create objects that controllably change their size, shape and surface.

Hoberman will be available to answer questions from the media during a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. that day. Media should contact Chris Rink at 757-864-6786, or by e-mail at, by noon on the day of the talk for credentials and entry to the center.

The same evening at 7:30, Hoberman will present a similar talk for the general public at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton. The presentation is free and no reservations are required.

Hoberman's methods are based on his patented structural systems that can expand and change their surface or shape. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and exhibits at a number of major museums.

In 2008, Hoberman formed the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), with the global engineering firm, Buro Happold. This joint venture has built a series of architectural installations that include dynamic facades and operable roofs in the U.S., Japan and the Mideast. He holds over twenty patents for his transformable inventions and has won numerous awards for his designs.

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