Hanley Wood University

 

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  • An Introduction to ETFE Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

    1 LU

    Tensile structures have been used for thousands of years. Their simplicity and efficiency have brought about a recent increased awareness of, and demand for, tensile architecture. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, is a relatively new product within the tensile membrane industry in the United States, and it is growing in popularity. It is a fluorine based plastic that was developed to be strong across a wide range of temperatures and be highly resistive to corrosion. This course provides a brief background on the following: ETFE architecture; the benefits of ETFE structures over traditional building techniques; identifying the complete design through construction process for creating an ETFE structure; as well as learning how to select the correct ETFE system and the key properties and performance measures of each. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2014
    Subject(s):
    Architecture
    Sponsor:
    Birdair
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • From Idea to Icon - Designing and Building with Tensile Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

    1 LU

    Tensile structures date back to the early nomadic period when people required shelter that was lightweight and portable, yet structurally sound enough to withstand harsh weather. Today, the applications and capabilities of tensile structures have evolved into permanent structures such as retail centers and institutional facilities, including museums and grandiose stadiums. This course will look at the unique visual character of tensile membrane and give designers, architects and engineers the ability to experiment with form and create exciting new solutions to conventional design problems. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2014
    Subject(s):
    Architecture, Design
    Sponsor:
    Birdair
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • A History of Tension

    Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany, intimated a future filled with organic and mind-bending forms. Have tensile fabric structures lived up to their promise? This article addresses the materials used in tensile design, the advantages and challenges of this form of architecture, and advancements made within this fast-growing design segment. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Design
    Sponsor:
    Birdair