Industry News

New Soltis line available

June 1, 2017

Serge Ferrari’s new Soltis line of shade fabrics, available with openness factors of 14 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent and opaque, can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, for screens, awnings, retractables and pergolas. Offering dimensional stability, the fabrics will not stretch or curl, and the edges will not fray. Thin and lightweight, …

Case Studies

Hollywood hills home finds modern shade

June 1, 2017

The hills of Hollywood, Calif., are home to some of the most creative, successful people in the world. One residence is home to one of the most creative and successful shade structures in the world, as well. Jim Miller of J. Miller Canvas Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., adapted his innovative commercial shade structure design for …

Features

Taking a shade and awning business to the next level

June 1, 2017

“Last year was our best year, and we’re at another point of growth right now,” says Cheryl Yennaco, owner and general manager of Melrose, Mass.-based Atlantic Awnings. “That growth started when we decided to clean house and rebuild the business. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it, and at this moment we have the …

Case Studies

Awnings provide triple coverage for terrace

June 1, 2017

Canada may be known for its long, dark winters, but its summer sun can be intense. To combat the heat and glare of direct sunlight on a backyard deck, Rolltec Rolling Systems Ltd. of Concord, Ontario, Canada, worked with a client to create a three-piece retractable awning system. “This project required adequate coverage for an …

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Flame retardant usage increases

June 1, 2017

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

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Tempotest releases new screen fabric

June 1, 2017

Tempotest USA has introduced Tempotest StarScreen®, a new screen fabric that provides shade and privacy and absorbs up to 97 percent of the heat caused by solar radiation while allowing for the passage of light. The eleven designer colors are available, and the fabric can be used indoors or outdoors. Made from recyclable PET solution …

Company News

New sales manager for Rainier Industries

June 1, 2017

Steve Sadenwasser was recently named sales manager, shade division at Rainier Industries. He will be responsible for expanding the availability of Rainier awning and screen products across the U.S. while continuing to provide support to existing dealers with training, trade show assistance and coaching as needed.

Company News

Bui joins Serge Ferrari North America

June 1, 2017

Serge Ferrari North America, Pompano Beach, Fla., welcomes Julie Bui to the sales team as regional sales manager for the South Central United States. She will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui brings extensive sales and service experience …

Press Release

2016 Smart Fabrics Summit Videos

May 26, 2017

Watch videos from the 2016 Smart Fabrics Summit on the website of the International Trade Administration Office of Textiles and Apparel. Part 1- Opening Remarks; Globe Demonstration; Challenges in Manufacturing Smart Fabrics Panel Part 2- First Line Technology Demonstration; Federal Research and Development in Smart Fabrics Panel; Part 3- DuPont Demonstration; Intellectual Property Rights for …

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Bucky Fuller’s Biosphere celebrates 50 years

May 1, 2017

Constructed as the epitome of the future and the central featured pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67, R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome is now 50 years old. Known as the Biosphere, the structure was the hit of the 1967 World’s Fair. Enclosed with trapezoidal acrylic inserts in the metal open-lattice structure and backed by a system …

Case Studies

Hollywood hills home finds modern shade

June 1, 2017

The hills of Hollywood, Calif., are home to some of the most creative, successful people in the world. One residence is home to one of the most creative and successful shade structures in the world, as well. Jim Miller of J. Miller Canvas Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., adapted his innovative commercial shade structure design for …

Case Studies

Awnings provide triple coverage for terrace

June 1, 2017

Canada may be known for its long, dark winters, but its summer sun can be intense. To combat the heat and glare of direct sunlight on a backyard deck, Rolltec Rolling Systems Ltd. of Concord, Ontario, Canada, worked with a client to create a three-piece retractable awning system. “This project required adequate coverage for an …

Case Studies

New Zealand day care gets a new shade canopy

May 1, 2017

The tradition of childcare facilities in New Zealand goes back a fair number of years, in fact to the 1880s. In Auckland, there are a number of childcare operations that, although not from the 19th century, do claim a history dated to the early 1950s. Case in point is the Torbay Kindergarten, a branch facility …

Case Studies

A well-shaded hotel

April 1, 2017

Hotels offer comfort, convenience and panache for entertainment events. In order to make the best use of an outdoor gathering space on its grounds, the Wickham Park Hotel in Wickham, Australia, worked with Shade To Order Pty Ltd. of Gateshead, Australia, to create a sheltering tensile fabric structure. The architectural fabric installation needed to cover …

Case Studies

Accessible shade for all

March 1, 2017

In the desert of Arizona, shade is always in high demand. Following the popularity of its signature SUNAMI® shade structure, Tensile Shade Products LLC of Tucson, Ariz., wanted to expand its prefabricated shade structure product line to include another product that would provide more shade with a similar style, and would be a dynamic enhancement …

Case Studies

Retractable shade canopy

March 1, 2017

Voted the ninth best place to live in Britain, Guildford, England, holds onto its storied past while embracing the future with new construction, such as the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel downtown. Guildford, located just 27 miles southwest from London, is the historic county seat of Surrey where the University of Surrey and the 20th century …

Case Studies

Fabric Structure Built for Extreme Conditions on Greenland Ice Sheet

February 1, 2017

Rubb USA, utilizing Serge Ferrari flexible composite materials, recently completed the installation of a modular structure at the Summit Station, Greenland, adapting the structure’s design to the unique needs of the extreme cold weather location. The Summit Station, located on the summit of the Greenland Ice Sheet, is home to the Greenland Environmental Observatory (GEOSummit), …

Case Studies

Residential canopy

February 1, 2017

Pergola def.: 1. A garden structure with an open wooden-framed roof often latticed, supported by regularly spaced posts or columns. The structure, often covered by vines or roses, shades a walk or passageway. A new private residence in Phuket, Thailand, that overlooks a bay area of an exclusive waterfront district, features a large timber pergola …

Case Studies

Tensioned awning

February 1, 2017

Beachfront golf anyone? Overlooking a pristine beach that stretches along the northeast coast of New Zealand, Tara iti Golf Club has been positioned as the premiere private golf club in the country. Located on a former pine tree plantation, this exclusive club oversees a landscape that has been cleared and restored to a native dune …

Case Studies

Postmodern school adorns a floating canopy

December 19, 2016

The Santa Fe district of Mexico City is one of that metropolis’ major business districts, a hot real estate sector where many new corporate towers are constructed at a hectic pace. However, a calmer pocket on the western edge of the neighborhood seems positively tranquil as a protected campus quarter (“Zona Escolar”) where several school …

Features

Taking a shade and awning business to the next level

June 1, 2017

“Last year was our best year, and we’re at another point of growth right now,” says Cheryl Yennaco, owner and general manager of Melrose, Mass.-based Atlantic Awnings. “That growth started when we decided to clean house and rebuild the business. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it, and at this moment we have the …

Features

Fabric houses explored as future sustainable options

May 1, 2017

Fabric homes could well have a place in future urban settings. To explore this possibility, one such dwelling, the Breathe House, has been created as a prototype for a future living environment called “MINI Living–Breathe.” Created by Brooklyn, N.Y., architects SO-IL, the prototype was created as a sustainable response to ever-shrinking homes and limited resources …

Features

Airbeam festive tent

May 1, 2017

As the old joke goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Or you can get there by creating an air-supported tent designed for Carnegie Hall’s roof, as Pvilion and its collaborative partners recently did to much acclaim. This inflatable event space incorporates a technology originally developed for military applications, that of high-pressure fabric …

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An ancient structure can now host modern events

April 1, 2017

The structure once known as the Cistercian Abbey in Dargun, Germany, has a storied past. Located in the far north of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the structure was built in the 13th Century as a Gothic monastery complex. Constructed of stone and brick, the building suffered major damage during World War II, leaving it …

Features

Opening the door to architects

March 1, 2017

Experts discuss the best ways to encourage designers to use fabric in their projects. Confession: I am a licensed architect (please don’t hold that against me!) and I like fabric. I am also a teacher of young architects and designers and take every opportunity to introduce students to the wonders of fabric in architecture and …

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On the road to Rome

February 1, 2017

Italian architects and German engineers create a dynamic fabric structure for the Palace of Congress conference center “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”—Daniel H. Burnham, American architect No one could accuse fascist leader …

Features

Shade in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Mexico

December 21, 2016

A sculptural fabric roof complements an expansion of a high-end mall Cuernavaca is the capital of Mexico’s Morelos state, located in the lush Tepozteco Mountains just south and bordering Mexico City. With a warm, stable climate that ranges year-round from 20–30 degrees C (68–86 degrees F), it has legitimate claim to “City of the Eternal …

Features

Inflatables grab public attention

December 19, 2016

Companies and event organizers use inflatables to grab public attention and promote their brands. Although he now sells spaces in luxury subterranean survival shelters, Robert Vicino once focused his entrepreneurial spirit on loftier altitudes. He put a 90-foot King Kong on the Empire State Building and designed Otto the Autopilot for the farcical movie Airplane. …

Features

Integrating fabric inside and out

December 1, 2016

Collecting rainwater, bird-proofing facades, even deflecting airborne volcanic fragments—buildings today are integrated with fabric in nontraditional ways. Architectural fabric can be integrated into buildings in more than the common uses such as roofs, shading devices and exterior cladding. Architects are now finding ways for fabric to improve building performance with special applications and unique materials. …

Case Studies

Residential shade sail

October 27, 2016

What is the perfect complement to a high-end residential backyard remodel? A custom-designed shade sail, of course. Red Rock Contractors of Mesa, Ariz., was working on just such a remodel when its client decided to include a fabric shade structure in their plans for a new backyard. SHADE Industries of Phoenix, Ariz., was brought in …

Industry News

New Soltis line available

June 1, 2017

Serge Ferrari’s new Soltis line of shade fabrics, available with openness factors of 14 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent and opaque, can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, for screens, awnings, retractables and pergolas. Offering dimensional stability, the fabrics will not stretch or curl, and the edges will not fray. Thin and lightweight, …

Industry News

Flame retardant usage increases

June 1, 2017

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

Industry News

Tempotest releases new screen fabric

June 1, 2017

Tempotest USA has introduced Tempotest StarScreen®, a new screen fabric that provides shade and privacy and absorbs up to 97 percent of the heat caused by solar radiation while allowing for the passage of light. The eleven designer colors are available, and the fabric can be used indoors or outdoors. Made from recyclable PET solution …

Industry News

Bucky Fuller’s Biosphere celebrates 50 years

May 1, 2017

Constructed as the epitome of the future and the central featured pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67, R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome is now 50 years old. Known as the Biosphere, the structure was the hit of the 1967 World’s Fair. Enclosed with trapezoidal acrylic inserts in the metal open-lattice structure and backed by a system …

Industry News

Danes plant a knitted round tower in a Portugal square

May 1, 2017

Practicing architects and students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (RDAF) Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation created an experimental structure to highlight a World Cultural Heritage Site in Guimaraes, Portugal. Hybrid Tower is made of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) rods in combination with a custom CNC-knit textile. The concept structure is …

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What a web they weave—Uni Stutt’s robots string carbon & glass fibers overhead

May 1, 2017

Researchers and students are finding inspiration in the webs that moths spin. The collaborators are from the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). The researchers and student have applied their efforts toward stretching the possibilities in digital construction with the aid of robotics and …

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U.K. journal pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

May 1, 2017

British architecture magazine, The Architect’s Journal, has produced a 27-minute video to commemorate the work of Zaha Hadid, the iconoclastic Iraqi-born architect who died in early 2016. The video captures the breadth and width of Hadid’s work, from her first drawings and paintings produced while she was a student at England’s premiere training ground, the …

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Catching water in a colorful way

May 1, 2017

Fabric funnels create an award-winning shade-water pavilion in New Orleans Students at the Tulane School of Architecture (TSA), New Orleans, La., have created the distinctive Hollygrove Shade-Water Pavilion that fulfills both aesthetic and practical requirements. The project, created through the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (SCCD), provides a neighborhood gathering place while …

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IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

April 3, 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

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Reinforced hydrogels prove stronger than steel

April 1, 2017

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a new material that is 25 times tougher than glass fiber fabric, 100 times tougher than hydrogels, and five times stronger than carbon steel, based on the amount of energy needed to destroy them. “The fiber-reinforced hydrogels, with a 40 percent water level, are environmentally friendly,” says …