Manipulation of Shell and Fabric Structure Form

by Craig G. Huntington, Huntington Design Associates Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Steel Structures


Fabric structures and concrete shells are readily compared because of their curving shapes and the apparent structural derivation of their forms. Every fabric structure includes compression elements, just as most shells include both tension and bending elements. Furthermore, both forms, through the introduction of stiffening elements, have enormous range for subjective manipulations of form to achieve desired sculptural effects. Both fabric structures and concrete shells rely on an interplay of tension and compression, and much of their aesthetic success is a function of the skill with which this interplay is handled by the designer.

Subject Headings: Fabric structures | Concrete structures | Compression members | Shell structures | Concrete | Compression | Tensile structures | Reinforced concrete

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