• TENSINANTES2023 from 7 till 9 June - 3 days programme

    4 May 2023


    The three-day symposium is organised around 3 main topics including 5 keynote lectures & 47 lectures in plenary and parallel sessions.

    The film “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” backstage-engineeringfor a work of artby büro für leichtbau, Tritthardt+Richter will be shown.

    08.30-09.15 Registration 08.15-09.30 General Assembly TensiNet
    09.15-09.30 Welcome & Introduction

    09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture

    The Pathways to Zero Carbon for Tensioned Membrane Architecture: ongoing actions and next steps

    Bruce Danziger and Carol Monticelliwith Beatriz Ferreyra Vargas and Nathaly Michelle Rodriguez Torres

    09.30-10.30 Keynote lecture

    Milestones of ETFE construction methods and starting points for further developments in membranes structures

    Karsten Moritz and Jean-Christophe Thomas

    09.30-10.30 Keynote lecture

    Bouncing Bridge: ephemeral, autonomous and self-supporting pneumatic temporary structure

    Grégoire Zündel and Ramon Sastre

    10.30-10.50 Coffee break 10.00-10.20 Coffee break 10.30-10.50 Coffee break

    10.50-12.55 Plenary session topic 1

    Advanced tools for futuristic skins – ETFE

    Massimo Maffeis, Antonio Diaferia, Nicola Todesco

    Modeling of impacts on tensile structures

    Adam Bown, Adrian Cabello, Artem Holstoi

    Porto Pi shopping center's floating pergolas

    Juan García-Lastra Zorrilla, Juan Rey-Rey, Alejandro Minguez

    PumpItUp, gite mobile for the European cultural capital Esch-sur-Alzette 2022

    Bernd Stimpfle

    The integration of CAD and FEA for lightweight design and analysis

    Ann-Kathrin Goldbach, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger

    10.20-12.25 Plenary session topic 3

    Lightweight ideas for a built environment beyond concrete

    Katja Bernert

    How lightweight architecture contribute to sustainability & decarbonization strategy?

    Thomas Bonneville

    6dTEX - Sustainable Composite Structures from 3D Print on 3D Textile

    Claudia Lueling, Sascha Biehl, Roxana Tennert, Gözdem Dittel, Marina Chernychova, Thomas Gries

    Architecture for pigs

    Maxime Durka

    An innovative solar shading device for outdoor thermal comfort

    Adriana Angelotti, Alara Kutlu, Salvatore Viscuso, Andrea Alongi, Alessandra Zanelli

    10.50-12.55 Plenary session topic 2

    Design and execution of membrane structures acc. to CEN/TS 19102

    Jörg Uhlemann, Bernd Stimpfle, Natalie Stranghöner

    Determination of ULS values of ETFE membrane structures acc. to Eurocode using tensile strength measurements in quality control of production

    Torsten Balster, Carl Maywald, Lazarev Delche

    On the design of membrane structures with the partial safety factor concept – a parameter study on the influence of structural and probabilistic properties

    Martin Fueder, Max Teichgraber, Daniel Staub, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger

    Characterization of polyethylene structure membrane

    Sherryl Patton

    Practical application of a stress-ratio dependent adaptive material model in the structural analysis of textile structures

    Jörg Uhlemann, Mehran Motevalli, Natalie Stranghöner, Daniel Balzan


    13.00-14.00 Lunch break 12.30-13.30 Lunch break 13.00-14.00 Lunch break

    14.00-16.05 Parallel session A

    topic 3

    Integrating sustainability aspects in the teaching of lightweight structures and their comparison with common structures

    Heidrun Bögner-Balz, Sarah Von Der Weth, Karsten Moritz

    The environmental performance of membrane structures

    Zehra Eryuruk, Marijke Mollaert

    A comparative LCA between a Textile Façade Retrofit and conventional solutions

    Giulia Procaccini, Carol Monticelli

    ATLAS architectural membrane as a core element for larger and energy efficient air domes

    Alexandra Sonnenberg

    T-shade: experimental case study conducted to reuse t-shirts as a tensile-shading system

    Amirhossein Ahmadnia, Gergely Mátyás Jelinek Jelinek, Aina Radovan, Salvatore Viscuso, Alessandra Zanelli


    13.30-15.35 Parallel session A

    topic 2

    Living in the 7th element: Hans-Walter Müller's pneumatics

    Katja Bernert

    Finite element modelling of inflatable beams up to the ultimate stability phase

    Laurent Gornet, Jean-Christophe Thomas

    Analytical, numerical and experimental study of inflatable panels

    Paul Lacorre, Anh Le van, Rabah Bouzidi, Jean-Christophe Thomas

    The calculation of large cable reinforced gas storage systems

    Jürgen Holl

    Textile covers of biogas storage tanks - Interaction between Membrane behavior and Operation of the Gas Membrane

    Rosemarie Wagner, Kai Heinlein

    14.00-15.40 Parallel session A

    topic 3

    Suntex: weaving solar energy into building skin

    Rogier Houtman, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, Pauline van Dongen, Mariana Popescu

    Integration of the Fog water harvesting system in lightweight structure design for emergency camps

    Maria Giovanna Di Bitonto, Nathaly Michelle Rodriguez Torres, Alara Kutlu, Nicolò Elio Giorgietti, Alessandra Zanelli

    Challenges of measuring sound absorption of ETFE membranes in a laboratory

    Yannick Sluyts, Monika Rychtarikova, Christ Glorieux

    Greentexx: Advanced tensile architectural membranes for active and passive cooling of the outdoor & indoor environments via vertical gardens

    Benny Picke

    14.00-16.05 Parallel session B

    topic 2

    Computational design workflow for a complex cable network

    Jef Rombouts, Oriane Guidet, Ludovic Regnault, Klaas De Rycke

    Development and validation of an experimental methodology for the characterization and FEM analysis of fibre-reinforced architectural meshes

    Salvatore Viscuso, Carol Monticelli, Alessandra Zanelli, Alberto Fiorenzi

    Parametric workflow approach in membrane design, from details to construction

    Rémi Journo

    Simulation of functionally graded CNC-knitted membranes

    Yuliya Sinke, Martin Tamke, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

    Testing Parameters for uniaxial short-term tensile tests of ETFE foils and their connections

    Dominik Runge, jörg Uhlemann, Natalie Stranghöner


    13.30-15.35 Parallel session B

    topic 1

    Affine minimal surfaces: an intuitive family of shapes for tensile architecture

    Cyril Douthe, Rémi Belloc, Ken'ichi Kawaguchi

    Value enhancement of the roof of the CC Le Polygone Montpellier

    Fabián Ascaso, Beatriz Arnaiz, Ramon Julián, Feike Reitsma

    Optimisation of tensegrity systems with tensioned fabrics

    Fevzi Dansik, Meltem Sahin, Caglar Samat

    Retractable membrane roofs as urban shading device

    Liu Dongyuan, Gregor Grünkorna, Julian Lienhard, Ata Chokhachian, Thomas Auer

    Use of Parametric Design in Design to Production Process of a Membrane Facade

    Milan Dragoljevic, Roberto Canobbio

    14.00-15.40 Parallel session B

    topic 1

    Corolla, the soft-robotic coworking pod

    Paolo Beccarelli, Ofir Albag, Martin Huba, Roberto Maffei

    The Wave Pavilion from 2014 to 2023: origins, realization and reuse

    Mathieu Lemunier

    TensyDome: A pavilion combining tensegrity ring and tensile architecture

    Nicolas Pauli

    Beyond bending: tension. Membrane structures 1

    Josep Ignasi de Llorens Duran

    16.05-16.25 Coffee break 15.35-16.00 Coffee break 15.40-16.00 Outlooks & Thanks

    16.25-17.15 Parallel session A

    topic 1

    Swatch Omega Headquaters - Multifunctional ETFE-modules in the building envelope

    Karsten MORITZ, Koffi Alate

    Temporary structure Grand Palais Éphémère

    Patrick Vaillant, Beatriz Arnaiz, Feike Reitsma


    16.00-17.00 Keynote lecture

    Textile Architecture with or versus today challenges in built environment

    Rosemarie Wagner

    16.00-17.30 Working Group Sustainability & Comfort Meeting with invited guest Bruce Danziger

    16.25-17.15 Parallel session B

    topic 3

    Comparison of PE coated PE weave to PVC coated PES weave
    Rogier Houtman

    Advancing the Design of Sustainable ETFE Membrane Structures: Insights from the Lighten Consortium Project

    Mohammad Hosein Nejabatmeimandi, Alessandro Comitti, Luis Seixas, Adrian Cabello, Adam Bown


    17.15-18.15 Keynote lecture

    Architecture in motion

    Louis Ratajczak


    17.00-19.00 Walk the green line. Guided walk to the venue of the Gallerie des Machines

    19.00-23.00 Conference dinner at Gallerie des Machines

    18.15-20.00  cocktail drink



  • Programme of TENSINANTES2023 is available!

    30 March 2023

    We invite you all to come to Nantes Université and participate in the symposium Membrane architecture: the seventh established building material. Designing reliable and sustainable structures for the urban environment! All keynote lectures are confirmed. The lectures will be listed in detail soon (title of paper and author(s)).


    08.30-09.15 Registration

    09.15-09.30 Welcome & Introduction

      08.30-10.00 General Assembly TensiNet association
    09.30-10.30  Keynote lecture Bouncing Bridge: ephemeral, autonomous and self-supporting pneumatic temporary structure     Grégoire Zündel and Ramon Sastre 09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture The Pathways to Zero Carbon for Tensioned Membrane Architecture: ongoing actions and next steps Bruce Danziger and Carol Monticelli 10.00-11.00 Keynote lecture Milestones of ETFE construction methods and starting points for further developments Karsten Moritz and Jean-Christophe Thomas
    10.30-10.50     Coffee break 10.00-10.20   Coffee break 11.00-11.20    Coffee break
    10.50-12.55 Lectures 10.20-12.25 Lectures 11.20-13.00 Lectures
    13.00-14.00     Lunch break 12.30-13.30    Lunch break 13.00-14.00    Lunch break
    14.00-16.05 Lectures 13.30-15.35 Lectures 14.00-15.40 Lectures
    16.05-16.25     Coffee break 15.40-16.00   Coffee break 15.40-16.00 Outlooks & Thanks

    16.25-17.05 Lectures

    16.00-17.00 Keynote lecture Textile Architecture with or versus today challenges in built environment Rosemarie Wagner 16.00-17.30 Working Group Sustainability & Comfort Meeting with invited guest Bruce Danziger
    17.05-18.05  Keynote lecture Architecture in motion               Louis Ratajczak

    17.00-19.00     Walk the green line. Guided walkto the venue of the Gallerie des Machines

    19.00-23.00 Conference dinner at Gallerie des Machines

    18.05-20.00  Cocktail drink


  • Prospect for European Guidance for the Structural design of Tensile Membrane Structures is online!

    22 March 2023

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    The new report is online! Within CEN/TC 250/WG 5, CEN/TC 248/WG 4, the TensiNet Association and COST Action TU1303, an international team of researchers, engineers, architects, material producers and manufacturers has been working on this report. The final aim is to develop a Eurocode for the Structural Design of Tensile Membrane Structures, which will help to design and implement these lightweight structures. The report consists of three major parts: 1) general explanations giving scientific and technical background for the design of membrane structures, 2) state-of-the-art overview on existing national and European rules and recommendations on the design of membrane structures, and 3) proposals for European harmonized design rules, which could be part of the future Eurocode for Tensile Membrane Structures.


  • registration for the TENSINANTES 2023 is open!

    9 February 2023

    We are pleased to announce that registration for the TENSINANTES 2023 symposium is open!  Don’t miss the early bird discount until 01.03.2023.

    Confirmed Keynote speakers include Bruce Danziger- Danziger Engineering Collaborative, Inc. | Carol Monticelli - Polytechnic of Milan | Karsten Moritz – IMS Bauhaus® Archineer® Institutes e.V. | Louis Ratajczak - DVVD| Ramon Sastre - Universitat Politècnica Catalunya | Jean-Christophe Thomas – Université Nantes | Grégoire Zündel - Atelier Zündel Cristea

    TENSINANTES 2023 will take place at Nantes Université from 7th till 9th June 2023.


  • 2023 - The year of TENSINANTES 2023!

    26 January 2023


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    Our best wishes for a healthy and inspiring 2023 and of course 2023 is the year of TENSINANTES 2023! The TensiNet Symposium 2023 "Membrane architecture: the seventh established building material. Designing reliable and sustainable structures for the urban environment" will be held at Nantes Université (France) from 7th till 9th June 2023. Mark this event already in your agenda!

    Complementary duos of keynote speakers: The diversity and complementarity within the TensiNet community: suppliers, manufacturers, installers, engineers, architects, researchers & academics, inspired and fed the idea of putting together duos who will give presentations around the 3 main themes:

    1/ STRUCTURAL MEMBRANE: contemporary, innovative, adaptive daring and impactful solutions

    2/ TENSIONED MEMBRANE STRUCTURES: the seventh building material

    3/ STRUCTURAL MEMBRANE: an answer to issues of the 21st century

    The duos confirmed today are:

    • Grégoire Zündel (Atelier Zündel Cristea) & Ramon Sastre (Universitat Politècnica Catalunya)
    • Bruce Danziger (Danziger Engineering Collaborative INC.) & Carol Monticelli (Politecnico di Milano)
    • Karsten Moritz (IMS Bauhaus® Archineer® Institutes e.V.) & Jean-Christophe Thomas (Nantes Université)

    Conference dinner: The conference dinner on Thursday evening will take place at the amazing venue of the "Gallerie des Machines" at "Les Machines de l'île". You will find Jules Verne's "Invented Worlds", Leonardo da Vinci's mechanical universe and Nantes' industrial history, on this exceptional site of the city's former shipyards.

    Sponsoring TENSINANTES 2023: Interested to sponsor the symposium TENSINANTES 2023? There are 4 categories with corresponding benefits: Platinum sponsorship (€4000,00); Gold sponsorship (€3000,00); Silver sponsorship (€2000,00) and Copper sponsorship (€1000,00). See link for more detailed information. We are happy to welcome already our Platinum sponsors ACS Production, Sattler and Serge Ferrari Group; Gold sponsors Mehler Texnologies and Sioen Industries; and Copper sponsor formTL.

    Nantes, a city to be visited: Situated in the Loire region of France, Nantes could be regarded as a “tale of two cities” from many angles. Once a bustling node for European shipping, former vast, industrial warehouses have become a hotspot of cultural and artistic expression. Meanwhile, divided by the Loireriver flowing towards the Atlantic, a maze of Haussmann-style terraces, ornate cathedrals, and monumental museums sit in contrast to an island of outlandish mechanical contraptions, and young, modern, free-spirited innovation.The sheer variety of artistic and architectural wonders make Nantes a destination to be explored. Merged with culinary excellence, amazing hotels, and a determination by public and private officials to maintain and expand on the city’s vibrant, playful design scene, and Nantes becomes a must-see, undiscovered architectural gem.For more info on visiting Nantes see link. 



    9 December 2022

    Power points presented by TensiNet members in the session Architectural Membranes for High-performance Building Skins,  Life Safety and Fire Prevention in Façades and  Building a Sustainable World at ABS 2022. See link




    28 October 2022

    Also for this edition the TensiNet Association was well represented at Advanced Building Skins with the lightweight booth, the TensiNet & Friends Meeting, the session on Architectural Membranes for High-performance Building Skins and different presentations on membranes in the session Life Safety and Fire Prevention in Façades and in the session Building a Sustainable World.

    LINK TensiNet & Friends presentation 



  • AMA award 2022 - new deadline 08.11.2022

    28 October 2022

    There is still time to join the AMA Awards! You have until November 8th to submit your candidature for an AMA Award. Don’t miss the chance to be part of the awards were sustainability is the King.

    For AMA Members:

    Category 1 - Product

    Category 2 - Projects

    For non-AMA Members

    Category 3 - Design

    Category 4 - Idea

    Amongst one of the most important changes for this year’s edition and to show AMA’s commitment to research in this area, AMA is granting an economical prize for the winner of the 4thcategory: Idea of the year.


    For more information on the awards go to the AMA Awards webpage and find all related information.


  • TensiNews - Newsletter Nr. 43 - OCTOBER 2022

    5 October 2022

    Enjoy the latest TensiNews 43

    TensiNews - Newsletter Nr. 43 - OCTOBER 2022 - Price 15€ (port incl.)

    For non TensiNet members - link

    For TensiNet members (login) - link


  • European Training Network ActaReBuild - call to candidate

    14 September 2022

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    The European Training Network ActaReBuild – Acoustic and Thermal Retrofit of Buildings, offers 10 funded doctoral positions with starting date during the academic year 2022/23.

    ActaReBuild provides research and training in retrofit of office building stock in Europe by means a new generation of sustainable materials and building components. Doctoral candidates will learn how to improve and guarantee acoustic and thermal performance of buildings that undergo renovation processes while minimizing embodied carbon production.

    The training offered to 10 Doctoral Candidates interconnected through the network will enforce their research and transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in this burgeoning area. This goal will be achieved by a unique, interdisciplinary combination of specialized “hands-on” research training supported by high-quality joint PhD degree supervision; by performing of secondments at industrial partners; participation at courses and workshops on scientific and complementary “soft” skills facilitated by the academic and non-academic partners of the consortium.

    Thanks to network-wide interactions, DCs will get acquainted with a variety of novel building materials and solutions (bio-, nano-, meta-, recycled, 3D printed materials and multilayer structural skins), measurement techniques and assessment methods (such as life cycle analysis and sustainability assessment, psychoacoustic methods, specialized thermal behaviour experiments and a variety of simulation techniques in acoustics, energy, hygrothermal behaviour).

    We are looking for researchers willing to combine research and professional training, and willing to travel. Candidates must have a master’s degree in a relevant field of study. ActaReBuild network language is English.

    Are you interested?
    please send an email to: info@actarebuild.eu and we will let you know once the vacancies are opened. The recruitment platform will soon be operational!


    More information on Project Partners and PHD topics: see https://actarebuild.eu/