Students focus on the environment at Design Camp

January 1, 2008

Teens find use for recycled highway billboards, and learn a valuable lesson in design-build. By John Comazzi, Anselmo Canfora and Wendy Friedmeyer In July, 2007 a group of eager high school students from around the country descended upon the Twin Cities for an intensive week of project-based learning at the University of Minnesota’s sixth-annual Design …

Coated textile fabrics meet demands of sign and advertising industry

Decoprint® from DHJ International offers a wide range of versatile coated textile fabrics for both the indoor and short-term outdoor markets. The fabrics offer a range of features for digital inkjet printers (solvent, eco solvent and UV curable) and transfer printers (dye sublimation) aimed at meeting the rigorous demands of the sign and advertising industry. …

Nonwoven acoustic absorbers offer economical noise reduction

A series of high-performance, low-density, nonwoven acoustic absorbers called Thinsulate™ Compressible (TC) Series High Performance Acoustic Insulation is available from 3M. The acoustic absorbers are recommended for novel designs in traditional applications because they are cavity-filling, compressible and comfortable. Components made with the TC Series compress readily, improving acoustic performance. Also, the designer is able …

Mesh systems offer economical, functional design

Mesh systems by Cambridge Architectural offer form, function and economy in one design. System applications include façade, space sculpting, corporate branding, security & safety, solar, ventilation and landscape interiors. A façade system visually differentiates a building exterior while a space sculpting system defines space within open interior or exterior areas. Corporate branding systems present and …

Eco-friendly fabrics made for inkjet printing

3P InkJet Textiles AG offers a full line of eco-friendly value fabrics for inkjet printing. The textiles contain no heavy metals, PVC resins, phthalates or fungicides. Made of 100% polyester, the fabrics have an excellent print-performance ratio, universality for various sublimation, solvent and UV-curable inks and eco-friendliness, and can be used for soft signage, flags …

Recyclable fabrics produced with renewable energy

Victor Innovatex offers Eco Intelligent® Polyester fabrics that are Cradle to Cradle™ Gold certified from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). The fabrics are safely and perpetually recyclable and are produced with 100% renewable energy. The fabric is manufactured as antimony-free polyester and uses fully optimized dyes and chemicals. The products are free of chlorine and …

Canopy protects students in school bus boarding area

A San Antonio elementary school improves the educational experience by adding a new canopy. For health and safety reasons, the independent San Antonio, Texas, school district needed to provide sun and rain protection for the children waiting to board school buses at Sky Harbor Elementary. Looking for all the world like a row of giant …

Acoustic canopy produces clear sound, clear design

By Zackery Belanger The Royal Festival Hall (RFH) opened on London’s South Bank in 1951 as a part of the Festival of Britain. On the heels of the devastation brought to the city by World War II, the Festival was a showcase for modern design, a spirit of rebuilding, and progress into the second half …

Hospital fabrics assist in protecting and promoting health

From waiting rooms to surgical suites and beyond, hospital purchasers look for fabrics to keep hospitals clean. By Katherine Carlson At North Memorial Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center in Robbinsdale, Minn., value analysis teams meet routinely to evaluate new health-care products suggested by clinicians or distributors. Project administrator Ann Roberge, who purchases textiles, …

Expressive canopy crowns a New Zealand home

By Shelby Gonzalez The canopy that crowns Noble House on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island invites poetic comparisons — a wind-carved dune, a sea-polished shell, a gull in swooping flight — but its form was born strictly from function. Designed and now inhabited by architect Greg Noble of GeorgiGregg Ltd., the 186m2 Noble House overlooks …