Our advances in textile composites are obviously linked with the beginning of modern use of technical textiles in the 50 th of last century. Although Low & Bonar started coating polyester fabrics already in 1944 that was just the beginning of a development that lived an immense acceleration by the inventive work of Frei Otto. He was most certainly the first to be thinking outside the box: and that was the starting point for tensile architecture. In the year of his death and of his acquisition of the Pritzker price this deserves a renewed focus on the consequences of his thinking for today’s way of designing tensile structures and on the state of the art material science. There is an obvious interrelation between the two and Low & Bonar as material supplier is aiming to be a driving force in this team. In this we are deeply thankful for the massive input that Frei Otto added to our work.