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.
• 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.
Philip Drew is a distinguished architecture critic and is the author of definitive monographs on Harry Seidler, Glenn Murcutt and Arata Isozaki, as well as being a regular contributor to international architecture and design magazines. He lives in Sydney.
208 pages, With 250 illustrations in colour and black and white / 27 x 24.40 cm