Fabric art to be featured at 2010 Winter Olympics

May 1, 2009

The 2010 Winter Olympics will host world-class athletes and fabric art worthy of the event. By Jake Kulju Janet Echelman likes a good breeze. Her massive fabric sculptures pepper the world — from Phoenix to Portugal, Bombay to Hong Kong — often designed specifically for engaging the wind elements that surround them. Her latest project, …

Mesh fabric creates dramatic building façade

A curtain-like canopy on this Tacoma apartment building adds a theatrical touch to the entry. Hanna Heights is a 35-unit, eight story multifamily apartment building located in a trendy section of Tacoma, Washington, just five short blocks from the Thea Foss Waterway that reaches deep into downtown like a narrow, watery finger. This is a …

Fabric canopy helps cantina practice sustainability

The new Sante Fe Opera cantina observes sustainable conventions and leaves the patrons fed and dry. I love sitting underneath the canopy at the Cantina on a rainy day,” says architect Hugh Hardy, principal of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, designer of the new Sante Fe Opera dining facility in the New Mexico desert. “You can …

Designing innovative fabric structures

How a German engineering/architecture firm is leading the way in designing exciting and unusual fabric structures. By Mark Zeh Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Gerd Schmid and Bernd Stimpfle, the managing directors of form TL. form TL is a structural engineering consultancy located in Radolfzell in the south of Germany on the …

Better living through photovoltaics

A New York design firm is defining the new frontier of building technology. By Joanna Baymiller “Better Things for Better Living … Through Chemistry” –Advertising slogan for DuPont, 1935–1982. As it makes pioneering efforts in the green revolution, FTL Solar has made a heavy investment in lightweight fabrics. The company’s founder and president, Todd Dalland, …

The ephemeralization of energy production: Photovoltaics using fabric

The skinny on photovoltaics using fabric and where to find it. By Amelia Amon Buckminster Fuller famously asked a group of architects “How much does your building weigh?” His query to us now might be, “How much energy is embedded in your photovoltaic installation?” Flexible amorphous PV panels, nano-tech films and solar fabrics on lightweight …

Sheet rubber material made from recycled tires

RubbRe™ is a sheet rubber material made from recycled tires. Available in several thicknesses, colors and designs, rubbRe is also available in a bonded format called fuzun™ that bonds natural hemp to the rubbRe. SOURCE Vulcana LLC

Lead-free fabrics offer indoor air-quality performance

SheerWeave® interior sun control fabrics are lead-free, meeting and exceeding several window covering industry testing standards for hazardous materials. Many of the SheerWeave fabrics have already been certified by Greenguard and Greenguard Children and Schools standards for superior indoor air-quality performance. SheerWeave Infinity is 100% recyclable and PVC-free. SOURCE Phifer Inc.

Film features color-changing properties

ChroMyx™ from Chameleon Intl. is a complete line of flexible, waterproof, temperature-sensitive, color-changing films that can be fabricated into virtually any product. The patented product line indicates temperature changes visually, through color change by the touch of a hand or when exposed to unsafe higher temperatures or even cold temperatures. The color-changing properties in ChroMyx …

Eco-friendly wall coverings available in more than 50 colorways

Built on thermoplastic olefin technology, Surface IQ™ wall coverings feature bold colors, striking patterns and rich, subtle textures — using only water-based inks and coatings. Eight designs and three signature patterns offer more than 50 standard colorways. The eco-friendly nonwoven wall coverings match and exceed all Type II vinyl specifications, and offer rigorous performance standards …