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Detroit development proposal aims to refocus public space

March 1, 2017

New York-based SHoP Architects have proposed a 52-story tower for a long-vacant lot in the heart of Detroit that would redevelop the site of the former J. L. Hudson’s Department Store. Located on Woodward Avene, the city’s main traffic spine, the project would feature a large multi-level retail interior and public gathering space on the …

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Membrane roof to protect Roman amphitheater

March 1, 2017

A fan-like shade canopy is proposed to cover the almost 2,000-year-old Roman-era arena in the Italian city of Verona. Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in collaboration with German tensile experts schlaich bergermann have won the project to protect the stone amphitheater by placing a compression ring at the top of the elliptically-shaped arena. …

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 …

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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 …

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Knitted structure wins 2017 MoMA young architects award

March 1, 2017

Jenny Sabin Studio, Ithaca, N.Y., has been named the winner of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 competition for a temporary urban landscape titled Lumen. New York architect Jenny Sabin brings solar-active textiles into her complex, lyrical design for the annual Young Architects Program—the “Academy Awards” for young practitioners—set for a June exhibition on …

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1980s high-tech center receives Grade II* listing

March 1, 2017

The landmark Schlumberger Gould Research Center in Cambridge, England, has been listed by the British Heritage Minister as Grade II*, the second highest ranking offered by Historic England. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, “The Schlumberger Gould Research Centre is an extremely important piece of high-tech architecture by one of the leading British architects of recent …

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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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IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

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), …

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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

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 …

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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 …

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Art and architecture, comfortably

December 1, 2016

The Brickell City Centre, a new $1.05 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Miami, Fla., has it all. There are luxury residences, a hotel, office space and a five-story pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and cafés. Connecting this vast space into one architectural statement is a 100,000-square-foot canopy called the Climate Ribbon™. Made of faceted …

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Tensile Canopy improves shade, protects amenities

December 1, 2016

Halifax Holiday Park is a campground set in a natural bushland and surrounded by two calm beaches in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, a popular vacation region for many Australians as well as foreigners due to its natural beauty. Halifax Holiday runs a number of vacation sites, and the Nelson Bay venue is situated …

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Courtyard Canopies

October 27, 2016

The small courtyard at the center of Gateway Community College’s Incubator Building in Phoenix, Ariz., could have easily been overlooked during the institution’s remodeling efforts. Thanks to an ambitious fabric architecture installation, however, the outdoor space was transformed into one of the campus’s highlights. In the spirit of innovation, the client wanted to make the …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Hardware is in the details

October 27, 2016

When it comes to specifying hardware for shade structures, fabricators and clients can rely on the wisdom of “sweating the details.” “Ideally, the fabricator and architect should be working together from the schematic phase,” says Erik Jarvie, PE, sales engineer with Tension Structures, a division of Eide Industries Inc., Cerritos, Calif. “The knowledge of a …

Case Studies

Tensile shade canopy

October 1, 2016

New shade sail is an opportunity to extend existing shade coverage while adding additional amenities. Halifax Holiday Park is a campground set in a natural bushland and surrounded by two calm beaches in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, a popular vacation region for many Australians as well as foreigners due to its natural beauty. …

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A case for small fabric structures, Part 2

October 1, 2016

The balancing act with new materials for portables. For Harry Osborne, creative lead at SET-Live, the graphic applications and collection of temporary structures throughout the “Google on the Beach 2015” (GoB) event was an exercise in balance. “A balance between getting the most from Anthony Burril’s incredible artwork,” * says Osborne, “but also satisfying the …

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A case for small fabric structures, Part 1

August 30, 2016

New materials are making structures lighter and more portable. The owner of the iced-coffee cart in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., understands the old real estate saw: location, location, location. It makes perfect sense when the coffee cart is made with new, lighter materials available today, making picking up and moving to a better location …

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Detroit development proposal aims to refocus public space

March 1, 2017

New York-based SHoP Architects have proposed a 52-story tower for a long-vacant lot in the heart of Detroit that would redevelop the site of the former J. L. Hudson’s Department Store. Located on Woodward Avene, the city’s main traffic spine, the project would feature a large multi-level retail interior and public gathering space on the …

Industry News

Membrane roof to protect Roman amphitheater

March 1, 2017

A fan-like shade canopy is proposed to cover the almost 2,000-year-old Roman-era arena in the Italian city of Verona. Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in collaboration with German tensile experts schlaich bergermann have won the project to protect the stone amphitheater by placing a compression ring at the top of the elliptically-shaped arena. …

Industry News

Knitted structure wins 2017 MoMA young architects award

March 1, 2017

Jenny Sabin Studio, Ithaca, N.Y., has been named the winner of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 competition for a temporary urban landscape titled Lumen. New York architect Jenny Sabin brings solar-active textiles into her complex, lyrical design for the annual Young Architects Program—the “Academy Awards” for young practitioners—set for a June exhibition on …

Industry News

1980s high-tech center receives Grade II* listing

March 1, 2017

The landmark Schlumberger Gould Research Center in Cambridge, England, has been listed by the British Heritage Minister as Grade II*, the second highest ranking offered by Historic England. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, “The Schlumberger Gould Research Centre is an extremely important piece of high-tech architecture by one of the leading British architects of recent …