New Tent Architecture

New Tent Architecture

by Philip Drew
     
 
The first major book on the history of the tent and its use, along with an international survey of the most exciting and wide-ranging contemporary fabric structures.

The tent is one of the oldest man-made structures. Prized for its lightness, mobility, small footprint, and structural elegance, it has been used for centuries by nomadic cultures. With

Overview

The first major book on the history of the tent and its use, along with an international survey of the most exciting and wide-ranging contemporary fabric structures.

The tent is one of the oldest man-made structures. Prized for its lightness, mobility, small footprint, and structural elegance, it has been used for centuries by nomadic cultures. With increasing ecological concerns and the new formal possibilities offered by innovative materials and technologies, tent and tensile structures offer exciting and significant solutions to age-old problems.

New Tent Architecture begins with a comprehensive introduction to the origins, contemporary manifestations, and ecological elegance of the tent. The core of the book comprises thirty contemporary projects grouped by theme—ring roofs, atrium covers, small peaks, large waves—each presented in detail through descriptions, photographs, and line drawings. A substantial reference section includes a glossary and bibliography, making this an essential book for architects, engineers, and design professionals. 250+ color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Architecture journalist and author Drew (Tensile Architecture) has a long-standing interest in tents, and he sees a bright future for tensile architecture in today's fast-paced, mobile world. Lightweight and flexible, tents seem a natural fit for an urban-nomad culture, but, as this book demonstrates, tensile architecture offers more than just temporary structures. The first section covers the history of the tent, new materials with longer service lives (from 20 to 35 years), the contributions of innovators such as architect Frei Otto, and the influence of software on contemporary tensile design. The second section profiles 30 recent examples of tensile architecture-sports arenas, train stations, exhibition buildings, airports, office buildings, hotels, and other tensile structures are each described, illustrated, and critiqued in four to six pages. The emphasis is on the structures, forms, and materials that make the designs possible, but Drew also includes a historical perspective and critical review. Recommended for architecture collections and large public libraries.
—Amy Trendler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500342435
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Philip Drew has been researching tents for several decades. He is the author of monographs on Harry Seidler, Glenn Murcutt, and Arata Isozaki, and is a regular contributor to international architecture and design magazines. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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