The Next Step

I have been trying to incorporate steel mesh into my tent research but I have found it very difficult so far since tents are very light and portable and steel is not. I have looked into more permanent tent-like structures that could be used for pavilions or just shelter in general but they do not really convey the concept of portable architecture. I have also looked into layering the steel mesh, similar to the different layers of a tent. I am currently looking into combining the steel mesh with fabric. The fabric would not be a permanent part of the structure and could be removed easily especially if it was connected via tent clips or something similar. I also remembered the work by Hussein Chalayan who is a Turkish fashion designer and experiments a lot with high tech fashion. His 2007 collection was all about self retractable and morphing clothes. I thought that this would be a useful concept to look into and possibly use for my next phase. Here is an example:

The image on the right should be first. One idea that I am currently playing around with is a shelter or pavilion that incorporates steel mesh and fabric together.

The triangle formation is based off of the structure of the Geodesic dome tents I researched. The gray triangles would be the steel mesh and the white would be the fabric. The fabric could retract itself according to the time of the day or how much sunlight was needed. I will be posting scans of some sketches soon.


One response to “The Next Step

  1. Adare,
    Your work is taking you in a fascinating direction. I am very intrigued by the combination b/w translucent fabric (PTFE, for instance) and mesh.

    So you can fully leverage the depth of your research on tents by looking at some of the areas of focus there through the prism of this new topic area. I am talking about the critical detail areas you discovered in your research: clips, the strips, etc. and look at the new ones: areas of transition b/w one material and another; whether or not you will have stabilizing structure, what it is going to be etc.

    Implementing this in a shelter is a great idea. A geodesic tessellation is a fine way to start. The patterning is a an interesting problem in itself, as you may want to have “clusters” of solid material for weather protection, and a similar larger area (comprised of several facets) used as a shade (mesh), so the triangular checkerboard pattern that you have started with can mutate and be vastly enriched. This is a great way to launch the study and start thinking of structure and interfaces between the materials.

    A reminder: you have posted under the UNCATEGORIZED category. Please, go back to the post and fix these.

    Looking forward to where this takes you,


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