Fabrics are often overlooked as landscape design elements.
By Deborah W. Dalton, ASLA
Deborah W Dalton
Landscape architects seem to be overlooking the great potential that fabric in the landscape holds. Recent years have seen substantial advances in fabric longevity and durability in outdoor settings as well as expanded options for texture, color, and type of use. Beyond geotextiles and geomembranes, fabric elements include traditional umbrellas, awnings, canopies, tents, banners, and flags as well as newer shapes made possible by the use of tensioned structuresfor example, shade sails, "hypars" (hyperbolic paraboloids), and dramatic sculptural shapes that can be seen as functional art.
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