This page lists accepted governmental agencies, industry organizations and educational institutions that are relevant to the fabric architecture industry.
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With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. The AIA carries out its goal through advocacy, information, and community.
ABC represents merit shop construction and construction-related firms with the goal of promoting, expanding and improving the U.S. construction industry.
AGC is a trade association that supports integrity, responsibility and quality in the American construction industry.
ASTM develops technical standards for products, materials, services and systems to guide design, trade and manufacturing worldwide.
This school, based in Spain, offers coursework in Fabric Architecture through the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.
FSA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. The purpose of FSA is to promote the use and growth of lightweight structures and to represent the interests and concerns of the lightweight structures industry in the Americas.
GMA serves as the central resource for information regarding geosynthetics and provides a forum for consistent and accurate information to increase the acceptance, and to promote the correct use, of geosynthetics.
A division of IFAI that focuses on issues that affect the Canadian textile industry.
A division of IFAI that is open to Japanese IFAI member suppliers, manufacturers and fabricators interested in promoting the country's specialty fabrics industry.
The premiere international trade association representing the entire specialty fabrics and technical textiles industries.
The key distinction between tensioned fabric structures and other structures, both fabric and “hard,” is the relatively minimal support system a tensile structure requires. As with any technology, when the basic design and engineering have been developed and advanced, greater refinement of the details can occur. Although the basics — such as clamping systems — have become more standardized (since the majority of tensile structures are custom designs), their anchoring and connection details also are unique. Some of the frame and connection materials hail from other industries, such as space frames and marine rigging.
To determine the appropriate aesthetic design, consider the following:
- Some tensile structure primary materials are flexible and the details are designed to move under loads.
- Tensile structures weigh a fraction of what other buildings weigh; many of their materials are translucent.
- Lateral forces play a much greater role in tensile structures than in conventional structures.
- Reduce the problem to its simplest state with a minimum number of elements.
- Be sure the physical resolution of each element’s force vector (angle of direction and magnitude) is accurate.