Emanuel Milstein: Architect as sculptor

March 1, 2008

By Mason Riddle Not every sculptor receives a personal endorsement from the likes of I. M. Pei. But that was the case with Emanuel Milstein, architect-cum-sculptor, who worked as a young architect in Pei’s office in 1958–59. In a letter dated December 3, 1959, Pei addresses Milstein’s work with exposed concrete as the designer for …

Waves of canvas shade new aquatic center in Kansas

Rank after rank of wave-like strips of colorful canvas greet visitors to Splash Cove in Shawnee, Kansas, near Kansas City. These undulating canopies are meant to express the overall theme of the new municipal aquatic center, “under the sea.” “We take the theme to a new level with the Shawnee center,” says Johnathan Ruder, with …

Sustainable signage

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design recently published a Green Paper on best practices, strategies, and scenarios for sustainability in environmental graphic design. The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Green Paper is designed to provide a strategic framework, resources, and inspiration for promoting sustainability in environmental graphic design (EGD). Key green issues The needs …

Reflective panel for photovoltaic system

A tensioned valley cable (center in photo) and edge cables help provide enough curvature in the membrane panels to resist loads. Simplicity, repetition, and adjustability of the fabric panels maximizes the speed of assembly and economy of fabrication for the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. All membrane plates and stainless steel jaw fittings are identical, and …

Energy curtain collects solar energy

The Swedish Interactive Institute has developed an “Energy Curtain” that collects solar energy during the day and reissues it in the form of LED patterned lights at nighttime. Fabric is embedded with both solar cells and light emitting threads woven into the curtain that display a pattern by night. SOURCE Swedish Interactive Institute

Room dividers act as acoustic barriers

Three dimensional weave fabrics add an extra quality to interior applications such as partitions. Karl Mayer (the German textile machine manufacturer), working with textile designer Judith Winterl, have created room dividers made from spacer fabrics that act as acoustic barriers. Made to order from the textile mill on a machine called HighDistance®, the fabrics can …

Building component using tensioned textiles offers various benefits

This innovative building component uses tensioned textiles to control sound absorption, light transmission and color. The system is based on an aluminum frame with a concealed tensioning mechanism. Adjustable tension also allows installation of curved surfaces. SOURCE Soft Cells

Sandwich material resists high temperatures

Using technology developed for improving hot-air balloon efficiency called HeiDAS UH , German industrial pneumatic controls company Festo has created a high-temperature resistant sandwich material consisting of flexible polymer films. The laminate of polyimide film is reinforced by aramid filament yarn and holds back high pressure steam with up to 260° C temperature and resists …

Insulated fabric improves thermal performance

Tensotherm™ is a new insulated fabric designed to improve the thermal performance of tensile structure roofing systems. The key to higher R-values in this innovative material is found in a translucent aerogel core called Nanogel, sandwiched between two layers of fabric membrane. Nanogel, a feather-light insulating material created by Cabot Corp., has a unique micro-pore …

Material improves water storage capacity

Saxon Textile Research Institute has developed a material that improves water storage capacity. The mat consists of two nonwoven layers with flexible and perforated tube-shaped structures embedded within. SOURCE Saxon Textile Research Institute