Anatomy of a Tension Structure

The Process of Designing and Building a Tension Structure
Sponsored by FabriTec Structures

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the forms and uses of fabric structure design.
  2. Examine available materials, components, and hardware used in tensile architecture
  3. Assess the fabrication and installation processes of fabric structures
  4. Review case studies of different PTFE and PVC tension structures


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

The Anatomy of a Tension Structure course provides instruction on common tensile membrane structure forms and uses, commonly used materials, components, and hardware, how structures are fabricated and installed, along with a few case study projects.



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Originally published in Architectural Record