Ronstan is a sponsor for the Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge!
From the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Contest Website:
Fabric Structures Association (FSA) is pleased to announce a fabric in architecture student design challenge for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of fabric in design. Fabric should be used as a primary material with special emphasis placed on innovation in design. Fabric offers students great benefits in this project, as it is ideal for use outside, inside, and on exterior surfaces without sacrificing flexibility, aesthetic lightness, and protection from the environment.
The challenge is to develop a design for fabric structures at a site that can be invented or pre-existing (resort/hotel, park, university, airport, or sports facility). Mentorship and educational resources will be available to students participating in the challenge.
Fabric structures are characterized by having a rather small mass relative to the applied load, which is determined through an optimization process. Participants should consider the following type of fabric structures: air-inflated, air-supported, cable net, frame-supported, geodesic dome, grid shell, tensegrity (cable-and-strut) and tensile (or tension) structures.
For examples of fabric structures click here.
Get your submissions in for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. You could win:
For up to three team members:
Questions: Please contact Jill Newman at 651 225 6953 or [email protected].