Cable structures become the focus of contemporary researchers due to people’s pursuit in lightweight forms. However, the attractiveness of cable structures has not been expressed suffciently as they often rely on boundary anchoring system to equilibrate. So question remains that can we develop free standing cable networks that are both fascinating and light weight? Tens of years ago tensegrity systems were developed to realize the dream and recently the concept was extended to cable-strut systems. The broadening of the concept opens the feld to the creation of a wide variety of structurally effcient and architecturally attractive forms. In this paper, the applications of cable-strut systems in both architectural and constructional aspects (including special functions) are reviewed, together with indications for further works.