History and Development of Fabric Structures

by R. E. Shaeffer, Florida A&M Univ, Tallahassee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


Except for the cave, the tent has been the dwelling for most nomadic peoples from the Ice Age to the present. Until recently, the three basic forms used are namely, the conical, the widespread 'kibitka' or yurt, and the 'black tent'. Presented in this paper are some of the recent designs in the development of fabric structures.

Subject Headings: Fabric structures | Cables | Structural design | Roofs | History | Building design | Structural members

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