The Detail in Building series provides a foundation of contemporary design data covering key elements of building design. Such essential elements are part of the vocabulary of contemporary architecture, and future titles in the series include Wind Towers and Service Cores. Each building element is clearly analysed, both historically and in terms of contemporary examples by key practices around the world. The combination of building context, design aesthetics and technical solution, as revealed in the case studies, is highly informative as well as unique in a field where specific technical quality in design detailing is often underexposed by the superficial presentation of design schemes. Cable Nets is the fifth title in the series. Opening with a definition of tension structures in general, the book then provides an overview of the history of cable nets, the different types commonly used, and their advantages and applications. It then focuses on detailed design decisions relating to cables, claddings, fixings, joints, sealants and anti-corrosion measures, as well as providing information on contracting,fabrication, erection and costs. This is followed by nine case studies which reflect the best design and use of cable nets around the world.