FABRIC ARCHITECTURE Design and use of fabric structures in Kenya

1.0BACKGROUNDINFORMATION
Fabricstructuresareafascinatingfieldofbotharchitectureandengineering.Theyareamongthefewbuildingtypesthatblurthedistinctdifferencesbetweenthetwoprofessions.
Thisbuildingtypehasevolvedfromsimplemakeshifttentsdonebytravelersandnomadiccommunities(DrewPhillip,1979)topermanentmegastructuresthathousethousandsofpeople.
AdvancesinbuildingtechnologyhaveenabledtensilestructuressuchastheMillenniumDomeinLondontohousethousandsofpeopleortheKhanShatyrEntertainmentCentreinKazakhstanthatiscurrentlytheworld’slargest(encloses100,000squaremetres).
Locally,tentstructuressuchasNairobiChapel,NgongRoad(3000people)andtheInternationalChristianCentreinImaraDaima(1000+people)aresomeoftheexamplesthatexhibitthegrowthoftensilefabricarchitectureinKenya.
Itisfromthisobservationandinterestinthefieldthatledmetoembarkonthestudyoffabrics1.5LIMITATIONSOFTHESTUDY
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Geographicalscopeofthestudy.
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Timelimitgrantedtoconductthestudy
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Financiallimitations
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Possibleaccessrestrictionintotheresearchsites
1.6RESEARCHOBJECTIVES
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Todeterminetheattributesoffabricstructures,thatis:advantages,shortcomings,physicalpropertiesandfactorsinfluencingtheirpreference.
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Toanalysehowfabricstructuresaredesigned,builtandusedinKenya.
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TocomeupwithrecommendationsforfabricstructuredesignandconstructioninKenya
1.7RESEARCHQUESTIONS
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Whataretheattributesoffabricstructures,thatis:advantages,shortcomings,physicalpropertiesandfactorsthatinfluencetheirpreference?
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Howarefabricstructuresdesigned,builtandusedinKenya?
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Basedonthefindings,howcanfabricarchitectureinKenyabeimproved?tructuresforlargegatheringsespeciallyhereinKenya.

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