August 14, 2007

Book Review - The Tensioned Fabric Roof

Have you ever considered roofing materials that weren't firm and resistant to water and flame?

The Tensioned Fabric Roof
Craig G. Huntington
TH 2449 .H86 2004

With training in both architecture and mechanical engineering, Huntington explores the use of fabric as an alternative roofing medium. This flexible material allows for architectural interest as well as flexible implementation. Fabric roofing systems use rigid support structures such as masts, arches, or other supporting beams and employs steel cables to stretch PVC-coated polyester or fiberglass fabrics in place. Huntington shows numerous and varied examples of how these roofing systems have been used around the world. He also offers drawings and statistical data illustrating the mechanics behind them and their effectiveness.