Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I remember while I was in portland someone there was telling me i should look at tensile structures for inspiration, as my pulled/stretched cloth that i used in tuck your shirt leave it loose recalled the tension in the 'membrane structures'. now im cataloguing images in their digitized photo collection at work, and i just came across a whole folder of images of tensile structures. its really a crazy collision of clothing and architecture, and it already exists!

heres the definition from wikipedia: A tensile structure is a construction of elements carrying only tension and no compression or bending. The term tensile should not be confused with tensegrity, which is a structural form with both tension and compression elements. Most tensile structures are supported by some form of compression or bending elements, such as masts (as in The O2, formerly the Millennium Dome), compression rings or beams. Tensile membrane structures are most often used as roofs as they can economically and attractively span large distances.

1 comment:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shukhov_Tower_photo_by_Maxim_Fedorov._bur.jpg