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whats the name for this!

Post by tryingtolearn » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:39 am

so last year i managed to build myself a 4v 15 foot geodesic dome thanks to the internet!! its a new year so now its time for something new. been looking all over the internet for the name of this shade structure and how to build it, so far no luck. i needz yo help!!!!
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Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:25 am

My camp had something very similar a long time ago, except black, it was custom built.
I don't know, but that one is probably custom also.
We just called it a shade structure.
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Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:20 am

Tensegrity?
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Post by Eric » Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:51 pm

I'd start googling "tension structures" and "tensegrity structures" (use the words "Burning Man" in your search parameters to narrow them). There's a huge range of possible structures using tension, but going with something that's actually been tried and proven in real playa conditions will give you a much better foundation for your structure.
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Post by trilobyte » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:41 am

Figjam got it, they're called tensegrity structures. You can probably find how-to's on a couple basic designs, and then from there as you gain experience you just modify or do your own thing as you see fit. Good luck!

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Post by Token » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:16 pm

It all started here:

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:13 am

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Post by FreePeacelove » Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:23 am

Why not use normal, simple but practical tents? Something like this, for example. I mean a geodesic Dome is something really spectacular, but it is worth it? Would´nt be normal army tents enough? I saw some pictures you shared here, and there are some tent-similar constructions, but i still think a normal tent, (maybe from military purpose) would be better. Or is it just the optical effects/illusions?

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:46 am

Because it's Burning Man, and style is a consideration too!
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Post by Ratty » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:58 am

Simon, You're last post here is great. Too lengthy to read now but thanks for the treat I'll have later. I'm enjoying it immensely.
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Post by trilobyte » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:32 am

A normal tent, on its own, would be pretty awful in my personal opinion.

The purpose of building a shade structure (whichever type you choose) is to block the heat and UV of the sun. In the desert, it's pretty intense most of the day, and without a shade structure any normal (including military) tent would become pretty inhospitable from shortly after sunrise until at least sunset. With a decent shade structure, your tent doesn't transform into a human-sized ez-bake oven by day, so you can take naps, sleep in, or sleep all day if you prefer to be up at night.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:08 pm

Amen to all that, but looking awesome while you do it is extra bonus points on top.
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Post by Shoeshine » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:48 pm

also Google "tension and suspension structure"

a little more general. but interesting math and theory.
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This shade structure

Post by tryingtolearn » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:47 am

Hello friends,

I'm trying to figure out the proper way to make a shade structure exactly like this. I don't how to call this shade structure therefore I haven't been able to find any instructions on how to do it. Any help on what materials, specifications and tools I need to set this up would be greatly appreciated. It will be for a good cause!

Also would the coin method apply to this type of shade structure? Not the tensegrity but the one I have no name for
http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew- ... /?ALLSTEPS
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Re: This shade structure

Post by Popeye » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:43 am

That doesn't look like BRC, the hills are to close. Obviously somewhere with a lot less wind, as there does not seem to be enough support for the "roof" and it would blow away. You might think about a structure like Black Rock Hardware makes (Google them). You could tie dye some painters cotton drop cloths after washing out any waterproofing.
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Re: whats the name for this!

Post by trilobyte » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:57 am

I've merged the two 'help me identify this structure' threads. The new post also appears to be a tensegrity structure.

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