Tents have been prized for centuries for their lightness, mobility, small footprint and structural elegance. New tents offer innovative and significant solutions to age-old problems. With the demand on architects to touch the earth lightly, together with a cross-disciplinary interest in technotextiles, membrane structures are assuming new prominence and pleasing forms. This wide-ranging international survey looks at the exciting possibilities of contemporary tensile building and the most interesting membrane structures created in recent years. Includes: • Architectural and cultural history of the tent • Thirty recent projects grouped by theme, such as atrium covers and fabric walls, ring roofs and convertibles, small peaks, large waves • Accessible text descriptions, photographs and line drawings. New Tent Architecture will be valued by architecture and design professionals, engineers and students everywhere.
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