From Idea to Icon - Designing and Building with Tensile Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

Tensile structures date back to the early nomadic period when people required shelter that was lightweight and portable, yet structurally sound enough to withstand harsh weather. Today, the applications and capabilities of tensile structures have evolved into permanent structures such as retail centers and institutional facilities, including museums and grandiose stadiums. This course will look at the unique visual character of tensile membrane and give designers, architects and engineers the ability to experiment with form and create exciting new solutions to conventional design problems.