Tenshon Awards Fall 2017 Scholarship to Pratt Institute Student

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Tenshon, LLC announces the winner of the 2017 Fall scholarship contest. The winning entry is a creative rolled steel structure that complements the hyperbolic twist of the shade sails.

Since 2012 Tenshon, LLC has been involved in the design and architectural community by exposing college students in relevant programs to tensile fabric structures. To spread interest in shade sails, a scholarship is available every year in both the spring and fall semesters.

“At Tenshon we believe that quality products can promote quality of life. Especially when the products are designed to create outdoor places of retreat and gathering,” said Matthew, Founder of Tenshon.

Adding fabric shades to an outdoor space not only adds an interesting and beautiful aesthetic, it can enhance the space by significantly cooling it, by up to 15 degrees. With shade sails, an outdoor space has an extended use. In hotter climates that means extending the spring use further into summer and starting fall sooner. In milder climates it means the spaces can be used all summer long.

“Stunning designs that serve a very practical function is what we constantly strive for. We want to encourage others to do the same,” said Brandon Burnham, a member of the scholarship committee. “In such a digital world, it’s easy to lose touch with the tangible. We want people to understand that making matters. Our process starts digital, but we actually fabricate the products we dream up. And we do it right here in America.”

The Tenshon scholarship contest is an impetus to get students of engineering, architecture, and design thinking about a product that they may never have been exposed to otherwise. Not only do applicants familiarize themselves with shade sails, they get practical experience incorporating them into a relevant design.

“One merit of this semester’s winning design is that it limits the number of poles. Dynamic sail configurations typically result in many poles coming out of the ground, which this design has avoided. The structure can act as a single unit or be clustered into larger configurations to give a new dynamic,” said Cullin, Tenshon’s lead project manager.

Winner: Jada Cannon, Pratt Institute, NY
Jada’s innovative shade sail design incorporates rolled steel components, which have curving lines similar to those of the anticlastic curves on the shades themselves. The design would be stunning in a public park or commercial common area.

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