The future application and advantages of textile facade in shanghai context

Prove textile facade can be applied well in 3 types building (temporary exhibition/ pavilion /public or tall building—as shading system) and popularized in shanghai climate.


Chapter1 Introduction

Background (definition/development)

Chapter2 Literature review


Shanghai is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Due to this fact, the demand for infrastructures such as housing has drastically increased. In addition, it is a global center in terms of trade, shipping and administration. However, due to rising demand for good housing in the city because of increasing population, the resources have become limited (Pomponi, Farr, Piroozfar and Gates 2015). Similarly, people desire the construction of new structures to be completed quickly. Therefore, as the need for sustainable housing is risings, more explorations of new construction materials to meet this demand have emerged. Textile façades represent a major innovation in the contemporary building industry. The materials provide a wide range of advantages such as faster installation, eco-friendliness, flexibility, ability to provide protection from harsh solar and wind, durability and lightweight. Therefore, they can be used well in three types of building such as temporary exhibitions, pavilion/public or tall buildings in Shanghai (Lewin and Goodman 2013).

Properties of Textile Cascade

According to Funke, Gelbrich, Ehrlich and Kroll (2014), textile façade is very important in architectural design because it provides special versatility in construction of buildings. Moreover, they have been designed to provide a unique, novel and exceptional material to meet the needs in the architectural markets (Funke, Gelbrich, Ehrlich and Kroll 2014). The research also indicated that it could be used in more densely populated cities such as Shanghai because it offers a wide range of advantages due to both technical and economic capacities (Monticelli, Zanelli and Campioli 2013).  The textile façade has also unique properties such as excellent thermal regulation, low cost of repair, negligible maintenance

Chapter3 Methodology: triangulation strategy

Customer: target/official data

Visitor: questionnaire for shanghai citizen who have been this 3 places

Designer/applications: design principle


Chapter4 Case 1Temporary exhibition building (ex.Expo2010 Germany pavilion)


Evidences of textile facade performance (From customer, visitor, designer/applications 3 aspects)

Chapter5 Case 2pavilion(ex.Expo2010 expo axis)


Evidences of textile facade performance (From customer, visitor, designer/applications 3 aspects)

Chapter6 Case 3public or tall building—as shading system (Tony’s organic house)


Evidences of textile facade performance (From customer, visitor, designer/applications 3 aspects)

Chapter7 Findings and analysis 25-30%

Benefits and drawbacks

Critical thinking

How did the data effect results

Explain what you did

Chapter8 Conclusion



-Professional or not / age

-what’s your impression about textile facade building? Which building you can come up with when refers to textile facade architecture.

-what do you think which advantages do textile facade have?

-what’s the develop barrier of textile facade

-what do you feel when you visit this 3 place? (aesthetics/environmental)

-would you happy to see textile facade being applied to more constructions?


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