3 October 2018

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    CALL FOR EXHIBITION / POSTERSNew deadline 3th December 2018

    In line with the general theme of the TensiNet 2019 Symposium, “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovation in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures”, the exhibition will focus on the change tensile architecture is undergoing.

    The INTENSION exhibition aims at presenting cutting-edge projects, techniques and materials that have recently been implemented in the field of tensile architecture and have the potential of changing the construction and the lifespan of membrane structures for a more sustainable built environment.

    Participate in the INTENSION exhibition to share your achievement and provide more visibility for your project, as well as pave the way for a widespread use of innovative technologies within the field of architecture, design and engineering, and especially tensile construction.

    We invite firms, companies and academics to submit a 300-word text, a render/photo of the project and a significant detail drawing organised in an A2 poster until the 31st of October. The chosen projects will be exhibited at Politecnico di Milano within a tensile installation in the exhibition hall Guido Nardi from the 3rd to the 15th of June 2019, providing prolonged exposure and visibility to the projects on display.


    CALL FOR EXHIBITION / PROTOTYPESDeadline 31th January 2019

    In addition to the Call for Posters, we are also launching a Call for Prototypes within the context of the INTENSION exhibition. The prototypes aim at showcasing experimental tensile projects having a relatively medium or small scale. They can either be scaled models of from 1:10 to 1:2, or 1:1 mock-ups, but the latter is preferred, even if it is a partial model of the real structure. These prototypes will be distributed in the green open-air areas of Politecnico di Milano according to their size. The prototypes will be installed and dismantled by their authors within two days prior and after the conference, and will be on display for the whole duration of the conference, from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2019. Thus, authors are kindly reminded to consider the transport and handling time on site of the prototype components beforehand.

    The call for prototypes will require you to submit by email, until the 31st of January, a poster in A2 format of maximum 15 MBs, containing at least the following elements: one 3D view of your prototype, one plan view with clear principal dimensions specified in meters and a short text of 300 words on why your prototype complies with the theme of the INTENSION exhibition. You can optionally also send sketches/final drawings of sections, elevations or assembly drawings, with the latter being highly recommended.


    More info http://www.tensinet2019.polimi.it/exhibition.html


  • TensiNet Annual General Meeting Essen

    3 October 2018

    The TensiNet Annual General meeting 2018 was held at the 4th Essener Membranbau Symposium.

    Use the link for the presentation: http://www.tensinet.com/files/Presentations/2017-09-28%20ESSEN%20_%20ANNUAL%20GENERAL%20MEETING.pdf



  • Vacancy - formTL

    19 September 2018

    Vacancy at formTL:

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR committed employees who are able to work in different project groups and are interested in carrying out remarkable projects in a positive working environment. You are looking for a job offering good conditions of employment and with friendly colleagues. Then, send us your application. We might make a great team.


    formTL sucht:

    Wir suchen Verstärkung für unser Team! Du hast gerade dein Studium als Bauingenieur/in abgeschlossen oder bereits mehrere Jahre Berufserfahrung? Du hast Lust auf außergewöhnliche, interessante und abwechslungsreiche Projekte? Dann freuen wir uns auf deine Bewerbung!



  • TensiNews - Newsletter Nr. 35 - September 2018

    6 September 2018

    Enjoy the latest TensiNews 35:

    TensiNews - Newsletter Nr. 35 - SEPTEMBER 2018 -  Price 15€ (port incl)

    For non TensiNet members: http://www.tensinet.com/files/TensiNet_Publications/Tensinews35-4p.pdf

    For TensiNet members: http://www.tensinet.com/files/New_TensiNet_publications/Tensinews%2035%20-%20autumn%202018%20-LR.pdf


  • NEWS TensiNet Symposium 2019 “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures”

    27 July 2018

    Please find the flyer for the upcoming symposium 2019 - http://www.tensinet.com/files/Tensinet_Symposia/TS19COM_Flyer.PDF



  • SelgasCano Pavilion at Liquid City, Bruges Triennale.14 May – 16 Sept. 2018

    19 July 2018


    How flexible, liquid, and resilient can a historic city like Bruges be in an age when nothing seems to be certain any longer?

    A lightweight installation by SelgasCano architects. They designed a vibrant floating pavilion in the Coupure Canal.


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    Pictures © toerisme Brugge – Jan Dhondt


  • 'Isoropia' at the16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia (26 May - 25 Nov. 2018)

    19 July 2018


    Interesting installations at the Danish Pavilion - Theme: Possible Spaces - Sustainable development through collaborative innovations

    The installation 'Isoropia' - Greek: meaning balance, equilibrium and stability - is more than 35m long and made of more than 40 custom CNC knitted membranes of up to 7m length. These are set in structural equilibrium with bend glassfibre rods of varying strength. The structure creates a spatial and structural continuum through the Danish Pavilion, forming differentiated outdoor canopy structures on the two outer sides and a vaulted space in the interior. Similar to the spatial expression the structural system morphs from a cablenet system, which prestresses and stabilises the structure to one, which uses tensegrity like compression elements to prestress the knitted membrane.

    More information: https://kadk.dk/en/case/isoropia








  • Competition and exhibition of innovative lightweight structures

    27 June 2018

    Competition and exhibition of innovative lightweight structures: An invitation for artists, designers, engineers, and researchers

    Organized by the new IASS Working Group 21 “Advanced manufacturing and materials” in close cooperation with the IASS Symposium 2019 and the Structural Membranes 2019 Conference, Barcelona.

    Internationally recognized and celebrated artists, designers, engineers, and researchers in cooperation with top universities from all over the world are invited to participate in a contest and exhibition of innovative lightweight structures. The structures must display a strong vision of structural design and innovation. They should demonstrably be the result of structural engineering focused research projects. It is our ambition to have an exhibition that shows new insights on structural typologies, through the design of a pavilion. The pavilions will be exhibited in the summer of 2019 and during the joint IASS - Structural Membranes Form and Force 2019 symposium in Barcelona. During the conference the jury of the contest, chaired by the president of the IASS, will award a prize to the most innovative realized structure.

    More information: http://www.manufacturingmaterials.org/competition.html



  • Textiles for urban living

    7 June 2018

    Cities are the living space of the future. By 2050 nearly 70 per cent of the global population will be living in metropolitan centres and megacities, which means new ways of life and with this, new demands on textiles. The special show “Urban-Living – City of the Future” at both Techtextil and Texprocess is therefore certain to attract a wide audience. The mission to bring technology and textile together in order to safeguard quality of life in the cities is the greatest challenge facing advanced materials in architecture, clothing and mobility. The trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess (14 to 17 May 2019) focus on this theme. Under the motto “Space for Innovation” Techtextil, the Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, will present the complete spectrum of technical textiles, functional apparel textiles and textile technologies and their applications. “Space for Progress” is the motto of the concurrent Texprocess, the Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, which will show the latest machines, plant, processes and services for making up textile and flexible materials.

    The strategic aim of the trade fairs is to bring together textile manufacturers, users and processors who are in advance of their time and transcend sector boundaries. Techtextil will focus on functional and smart textiles, and a comprehensive complementary programme of lectures, discussions, awards and other events will offer supplementary insights for industry insiders. By contrast, Texprocess will focus on digitalisation as a driver of innovation in the textile industry. Following the positive response to last year’s event, a digital textile micro-factory will once again show a fully networked textile production chain in live operation. In addition to a production chain for garments, the complete process for textiles for other areas of application will also be shown for the first time.

    See also https://techtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html



  • FLYER TensiNet Symposium 2019 “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures”

    21 May 2018

    Please find the flyer for the upcoming symposium 2019 - http://www.tensinet.com/files/Tensinet_Symposia/TS2019_Flyer.pdf 

    Don't miss the deadline for SUBMISSION ABSTRACT - 31st May 2018