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1 Portable tension structure in which the supports (usually a wooden pole or poles) both carry and are held in place by a membrane of canvas, skins, or cloth stretched over them and fixed by means of pegs driven into the ground.

2 Portable compression structure in which a self-supporting frame or armature is constructed over which a protective membrane is draped. Tents are of great antiquity as a type, and very elaborate examples have evolved for religious, ceremonial, or status reasons. Tensile structures, developed from tent-like forms, have been experimented with by several architects in C20.

Drew (1979);Faegre (1979);Prussin et al. (1995);Jane Turner (1996)

Subjects: Art.

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