• Mission

    26 October 2007


    The aim of TensiNet is to enable its members to contribute more effectively, within the scope of their activities, to   

       • Provide information and advice in the field of tensile membrane buildings; 

       • Inform about research and other technical studies necessary to support such advice; 

       • Inform about the application of research findings; 

       • Improve the quality of tensile membrane buildings; 

       • Increase the range of architectural applications;

       • Get scientific results into practice and 

       • Stimulate research initiatives.  

    Members of TensiNet subscribe a code of Good Practice, encourage and facilitate exchange of information and joint working, in order to increase the quality of tensile architecture. 



    TensiNet is an association or platform for all parties interested in tensioned membrane structures. 

    TensiNet supports teaching and training activities in the field of tensioned membrane construction. TensiNet can support a workshop organised by one of its members (by announcement, programme, mailing) and provides information about events.

    TensiNet disseminates information about ongoing research.

    TensiNet publishes the TensiNews newsletter twice a year. TensiNet organises every three year the TensiNet Symposium

    TensiNet continues to publish reference documents, Working Group publications and the proceedings of the TensiNet symposium.  

    TensiNet has launched several Working Groups. Each Working Group focuses on a specific topic and is responsible for its operation. 

    TensiNet maintains the website www.tensinet.com, containing a projects database, reference documents, research reports etc.



    The idea of TensiNet became reality in 1999 as a proposal for a European research project, which ran till 2004.

    TensiNet continued the established network of experts of our industry under the wings of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

    Since April 2020 TensiNet became an international non-profit association.

    The Founding Directors are Bernd Stimpfle, Roberto Canobbio and Marijke Mollaert. A new of Board of Directors was voted during the General Assembly 2022 with Paolo Beccarelli, Heidrun Bögner-Balz, Roberto Canobbio, Maxime Durka, Fevzi Dansik and with Bernd Stimpfle as President and Marijke Mollaert as Secretary.

    The General Assembly is organised once a year in spring. The Permanent Members have voting rights.

    TensiNet has National Representatives. They actively support the TensiNet activities at national level. The National Representatives are approved by the Board of Directors for a period of three years.

     Belgium  Evi Corne  Vrije Universiteit Brussel, TensiNet
     Bulgaria  Vatyu Tanev  University of Architecture Civil Engineering and Geodesy
     Finland  Matti Orpana  Tensotech
     France  Jean-Christophe Thomas  Université de Nantes
     Germany  Katja Bernert  Mehler Texnologies
     Italy  Alessandra Zanelli  POLIMI
     The Netherlands  Rogier Houtman  Tentech
     Norway  Matti Orpana  Tensotech
     Poland  Romuald Tarczewski  Univ Wroclaw – Faculty of Architecture
     Spain  Josep llorens  UPC
     Sweden  Matti Orpana  Tensotech
     Turkey  Fevzi Dansik  Asma Germe / Mimar Sinan Fine-Art University
     UK  Peter Gosling  Newcastle University


    TensiNet discusses specific issues and prepares state of the art documents in the appropriate Working Groups:

       • WG analysis & materials

       • WG ETFE


       • WG Sustainability & Comfort

       • WG Pneumatic structures

       • WG Specifications & EUROCODE

       • WG Specifications GOOD PRACTICE

    During the General Assembly each WG leader reports about objectives and progress. The Working Groups welcome additional members. If interested to contribute please contact info@tensinet.com.


  • Background

    21 October 2007

    TensiNet (2001-04) 

    The initial project has been funded by the European Commission for three years. The consortium of TensiNet consisted of 22 participating organisations with representatives from 9 EU member states. The membership formed a complementary group representing multi-disciplinary industries (coater and weaver, manufacturer, producer, engineering and architecture offices), universities and other associations. 

    Within the thematic programme GROWTH (Promoting Competitive and Sustainable Growth) the partners made the knowledge of their specific domain available and exchanged know-how between different disciplines. 

    The publication of the first European Design Guide for Tensile Surface Structures was the result of these three years of assembling, structuring and analysing existing data. This guide is not intended to be a European standard. However, as a ‘state of the art’ report it is a first step in that direction! Enjoy Chapter 2 on "Engineering Fabric Architecture"



  • TensiNet association

    29 August 2007

    TensiNet is a multi-disciplinary association for all parties interested in tensioned membrane construction. The website www.tensinet.com contains a Project Database as well as articles and links to manufacturers, fabricators, material producers, coaters, weavers, architecture and engineering offices, distributors of machinery, steelwork and ropes, software companies, academic and research institutes. The TensiNet partners are the editors of the European Design Guide on tensile surface structures, and will continue to publish reference documents on this and associated topics. Also, TensiNet publishes the TensiNews newsletter twice a year and supports teaching and training activities in the field of tensioned membrane construction. TensiNet members meet once a year for an Annual General Meeting. Every 3 year TensiNet organizes a TensiNet symposium. In 2016 the TensiNet - COST Action TU1303 SYMPOSIUM 2016 on NOVEL STRUCTURAL SKINS was held at Newcastle University from 26th till 28th October.