TensiNet Association


1 Summary of the general objectives of the thematic network for tensile architecture

TensiNet is an association or platform for all parties interested in tensioned membrane structures. TensiNet is a multi-disciplinary association, conforming to the initial objectives of the EU-funded thematic network (2001-2004).

TensiNet supports teaching and training activities in the field of tensioned membrane construction.

TensiNet supports (by announcement, programme, mailing) at least one workshop a year organised by one of its members and provides information about other events in the field of tensile architecture.

TensiNet disseminates information about ongoing research.

TensiNet publishes the TensiNews newsletter twice a year.

The TensiNet partners are the editors of the European Design Guide on tensioned membrane construction, and will continue to publish reference documents on this and associated topics.

TensiNet maintains the website www.tensinet.com, containing a projects database as well as articles and links to manufacturers, fabricators, material producers, coaters, weavers, architecture and engineering offices, distributors of machinery, steelwork and ropes, software companies, academic and research institutes.

Members pay an annual fee: normally this will cover membership from the 1st of January till the 31st of December.

The Annual General Meeting will be organised once a year in autumn.

Partners may participate in the Management Board Meetings (twice a year) and decide on organisational and strategic issues. Associate Partners are elected by the Management Board Meetings (Universities, schools, working group leaders and firms with a small turnover).

Partners and Associate Partners have equal voting rights.

The Executive Secretary of Tensinet will be held by the VUB, Marijke Mollaert.

The Management Board will be elected by the members (with a maximum of 35 Board members).

TensiNet has national representatives. They will be elected during the Annual General Meeting.

TensiNet is active in different fields and discusses specific issues in the appropriate Working Groups: Website and database, Research and Developments, General Strategies, Advertising and Promotion, Disaster Relief, Specifications and Eurocode, ETFE, Materials & analysis, Pneumatic structures and Design Guide.

The following table indicates the different possibities to become a member and the corresponding advantages:

Cost per year (Euro)


School, University

Individual Member




Exclusive VAT

Inclusive VAT

300 euro

363 euro

150 euro

181,5 euro

600 euro

726 euro

2400 euro

2904 euro

Mentioned in the on-line list of members






Full access to the website






Edit the database, upload documents







15 euro

Exclusive VAT, port & package

Free: 10

Free: 1

Free: 4

Free: 8

TensiNet Workshop

(organised by a partner)


for up to 2 people



for up to 2 staff members


for up to 6 staff members

Presence in the www.tensinet.com links, itself containing the TensiNet link





Advertisement in TensiNews, workshop proceedings …

depends on size & frequency



2 Memorandum of understanding: governing the formation and functioning of TensiNet

2.1. This memorandum of understanding establishes and provides an operational framework for TensiNet: the thematic network for tensile architecture.

2.2. It is intended that TensiNet should include members involved in tensile architecture or related activities.

2.3. The members of TensiNet are listed on www.tensinet.com (list updated once a year).


2.4. The aim of TensiNet is to enable its members to contribute more effectively, within the scope of their activities, to

- Provide information and advice in the field of tensile membrane buildings;

- Inform about research and other technical studies necessary to support such advice;

- Inform about application of research findings;

- Improve the quality of tensile membrane buildings;

- Get scientific results into practice;

- Stimulate research initiatives.

2.5. In addition, the members of TensiNet will encourage and facilitate exchange of information and joint working in order to increase the quality of tensile architecture.


2.6. A Management Board, consisting of Partners and elected current members (with a maximum of 35 Board members), will make the decisions on the policy and activities of TensiNet. A Partner pays 2400 euro exclusive VAT / 2904 euro inclusive VAT membership fee.

Management Board Members may nominate deputies to attend individual meetings, and may be accompanied by non-voting colleagues. Simple majority voting of those members present and voting may take decisions.

2.7. No Management Board member can be bound by a Management Board decision that is in conflict with their institution's or national government's policies or practices.

2.8. The Management Board will meet at least twice a year. The date and location of each meeting will be notified to Management Board members at least one month before the meeting.

2.9. Working Group leaders may participate in the Management Board Meetings.

2.10. The demand for a new registration as Partner will be checked by all the Partners. The Executive Secretary will inform the Partners by e-mail. The Partners will be asked to accept the registration within the period stated in the notification, which will normally be a minimum of 14 days. A rejection needs a justification that will be sent to the other Partners.


2.11. The Management Board will elect one of its members as Chair for a period of two years. The Chair will chair Management Board meetings and represent TensiNet as necessary, following the policies agreed by the Management Board.


2.12. The Management Board will elect three to four of its members as Vice-Chairs for a period of two years. The Vice-Chairs will chair Management Board meetings in the absence of the Chair and will otherwise carry out the duties of the Chair as required.


2.13 A call for candidates for Chair and Vice-Chairs will be send out. Partners and associate partners can only be a candidate when they are supported by at least 2 other partners. A final list of candidates will be prepared for the Board meeting; The election of the Chair and Vice-Chairs will be organised during the Board meeting.


2.14. As long as the financial situation can support it the VUB (Marijke Mollaert) will function as Executive Secretary and provide administrative support for the Management Board and TensiNet generally. The duties of the Executive Secretary will include:

- Maintain the website www.tensinet.com and hence provide a channel through which the collective expertise of TensiNet members may be offered to other organisations;

- Provide TensiNet members with information relevant to their interests;

- Arrange Board meetings, recording decisions and taking appropriate follow-up actions;

- Publish the TensiNews newsletter twice a year.

2.15. When preparing a proposal on behalf of TensiNet members, the Executive Secretary will consult those members which appear to them most suited to the task and draw up a draft proposal for circulation to all TensiNet members, with a time limit for comment or acceptance. The Executive Secretary shall have authority to draw up the final proposal following explicit agreement to the work involved and the conditions from those members participating; they shall not take lack of response to imply acceptance of their draft proposal. They will not be required to involve every member institute in each proposal.

2.16. The Executive Secretary will present a report to each Management Board meeting on the actions taken and the results achieved since the previous meeting and will provide the Management Board with a forecast for the six months following the Management Board meeting.


2.17. TensiNet has national representatives. They will be elected during the Annual General Meeting. They actively support the Tensinet activities at national level.


2.18. The TensiNet financial year will run from 1 January to 31 December.

2.19. The member institute providing the Executive Secretary will submit to the Management Board before the start of each financial year a request for funding for the services of the Executive Secretary in that year. This will be accompanied by an estimate of TensiNet's expenditure in the current financial year. Following the Management Board's agreement to an expenditure total, TensiNet members will each pay to the Executive Secretary's institute, on receipt of an appropriate invoice, a membership fee.

2.20. Following the end of TensiNet's financial year, the Executive Secretary's institute will present to the Management Board an audited statement of expenditures incurred in connection with TensiNet.

2.21. Members will bear individually any other expenditure associated with TensiNet.


2.22. The language for TensiNet Board meetings and papers will be English.


2.23. A member institute may withdraw from TensiNet following written notice to the Executive Secretary. Six months notice of withdrawal must be given.


2.24. The Management Board may amend this memorandum of understanding by a two-thirds majority of those Management Board members present and voting. The Management Board members shall receive the text of any proposed amendment at least one month before the meeting.


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TensiNet Association
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