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Discussion on the Design and Construction of the Diplomatic Club, Riyadh by Professor E. Happold, Mr. T.A. Ealey, Mr. W.I. Liddell, Mr. J.W.E. Pugh and Mr. R.H. Webster

Mr Liddell: There was really only one suitable fabric for the roses - teflon-coated glass fabric cloth-but, for a variety of reasons, alternatives were considered during the design stages, the main reason being that Frei Otto distrusted the material because of a disastrous experience at Cologne in 1957 with glass fibre cloth coated with PVC. Glass fibres do not degrade in sunlight in the way that organic fibres do, but they are weakened by water and are brittle and hence can suffer mechanical damage.