IFAI Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge on Now!

Ronstan is a sponsor for the Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge!

Get all the details, submission requirements and submission link on their website here.

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:

  • $500 cash prize to student or $1,500 to team of three or more students
  • Presentation of project at IFAI Expo events

For up to three team members:

  • Complimentary registration to IFAI Expo
  • Complimentary travel expenses up to $500 per student to attend IFAI Expo
  • $400 applied to travel and hotel costs for academic advisor or college instructor to attend IFAI Expo
  • Project featured in IFAI and division publications and on websites

Questions: Please contact Jill Newman at 651 225 6953 or jmnewman@ifai.com.

Contest Website: http://www.ifai.com/student-design-challenge/fabric-structures-student-design-challenge/


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