Novel Structural Skins: Improving sustainability and efficiency through new structural textile materials and designs – COST Action
Tensioned membrane constructions have unique properties that other, more conventional, building elements often do not possess simultaneously, such as low self-weight, high flexibility, translucency and the capability of forming architecturally expressive shapes that enhance the urban environment. In addition, membrane structures are known to be ‘optimal’ since they are only loaded in tension and adapt their shape to the flow of forces. Hence, they use a minimal amount of material to cover a space.
This emerging presence of textile architecture in the built environment can be assigned to advances in design and analysis methods, the development of innovative materials, coatings, and fabrication methods, and new applications, as a response to modern needs and global challenges.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2017
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