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Tension membrane structures, sometimes referred to as fabric structures, originated as far back as nomadic peoples from the Ice Age and have continued to the present. Early fabric shelters were made of tree branches and animal hides or less frequently, birch bark pieces or latticed leaves. Fabric structures have evolved throughout history by many diverse groups of people around the world living in all types of environments. Through the advancement of materials and technology, tensile membrane structures have transitioned over the years and can be seen on every continent, including Antarctica.
Tensioned membrane structures can be built in many different shapes and sizes. There are also many types including permanent, temporary, large, small, air-supported, or tensioned to name a few. Examples include open-air structures such as amphitheaters and entrance canopies or enclosed roofing systems, such as an airport facility (i.e. Denver International Airport), convention centers (i.e. the San Diego Convention Center), and even a domed stadium roof (i.e. the Georgia Dome).