FABRIC[ated] examines fabric as a catalyst for innovation, reflection, change and transformation in architecture.

This book explores the ways in which research and development of fabric can, and historically has, influenced and revolutionized architecture, teaching and design. Responsive, flexible, impermanent, fluid and adaptive—fabric interacts with, and influences architecture, offering innovative solutions and increased material responsibility. Foundation and theory chapters establish clear precedent and futures for fabric’s position in architectural discourse. The case study section examines 14 international projects through three different threads: Veiling, Compression and Tension. Case studies include a diverse range of projects from the HiLo unit at Nest and CAST’s fabric formed concrete projects to a discussion of the impact of fabric on SO-IL and Kennedy Violich Architect’s professional work, demonstrating new and fresh methods for addressing sustainability and social justice through the use of fabric in architecture. Through the work of the many authors of this book, we see fabric as drape, skin, veil, mold, concept and inspiration. Fabric, in its broadest definition, is an important and innovative material in the development of socially conscious architecture.

Offering readers pedagogical and practical models for international projects highlighting fabric’s use in architecture, this book will appeal to the novice and the expert, architecture students and practitioners alike.

chapter 1|15 pages


part |46 pages

Foundation and Theory

part |197 pages

Case Studies

chapter 6|80 pages


Gender, Fabric and Woven Structures

part |63 pages

Academic Inquiry

chapter 6A|10 pages


The Fabrication of Keswa 1

chapter 6B|16 pages


Female Garment to Architecture

chapter 6D|12 pages


Weaving Restoration Ecology and Cultural Narratives

chapter 6E|12 pages

Weaving a Home

From Bedouin Tents to Structural Fabrics

part |15 pages

Professional Inquiry

chapter 6F|14 pages

Communal Architecture

A More Finely Calibrated Set of Relationships, A Conversation with Florian Idenburg

chapter 7|52 pages


Fabric Formed Concrete and Dense Applications

part |13 pages

Professional Inquiry

chapter 8|61 pages


Tensile Structures and Inflatables

part |26 pages

Academic Inquiry

part |34 pages

Professional Inquiry

chapter 8C|15 pages


chapter 8D|17 pages


A Report from Three Fabricated Futures

chapter 9|3 pages

9 Outcomes + Conclusion