Aging of membrane materials

November 17, 2009

How to keep membrane materials looking new over time. By Mark Zeh Unlike Henry Ford, who claimed you could get his automobiles in any color as long as it was black, fabric structures do come in more than one color. However, sometimes these alternate colors are unintentional. Here are several tips on keeping things looking …

Upper South Studio adds three new divisions

November 12, 2009

Upper South Studio, Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced the expansion of its company, adding three new divisions to meet the growing interior design and sourcing needs of commercial and residential designers, purchasing agents and architects. Upper South Studio companies have been known for 30 years for the custom design of fabric for the international hospitality, gaming, …

UFS expands and re-brands

November 6, 2009

Universal Fabric Structures (UFS) has announced the launch of its new custom architectural division, Fabritecture. UFS’s goal is for Fabritecture to set a new benchmark in fabric structure design and construction, providing solutions for developers, builders, governments and private contractors who require custom projects. Fabritecture will operate in tandem with UFS, which will remain active …

Light canopy

November 1, 2009

Students and teacher explore the possibilities of CNC-driven fabrication By Mason Riddle “The question is, how do we make surfaces perform optimally?” asks Mark Parson, visual artist and director of Production and Technology for the Architecture Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. “We looked at fabric as shape in relationship to its performance.” The …

Wave form awnings and fabric panels add class to condos

A Miami upscale condominium carries classy details through to its car park North Bay Village, Fla., is a handmade place from top to bottom. A three-island community created in Miami’s boom time of the 1940s, today North Bay Village is traversed by a major causeway across Biscayne Bay linking the manmade islands with Miami Beach …

Populous to design Olympic stadium in Russia

The sports facility designers, Populous (formerly HOK Sports) has been selected to design the 40,000-seat main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia. The design’s sweeping form—somewhat reminiscent of the Beijing Olympic’s “Water Cube”—responds to “both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, whilst its crystalline skin engages with its surroundings …

Exhibition highlights structural innovations from Mamoru Kawaguchi

A recent exhibition “Mamoru Kawaguchi—Structural Engineer: Innovation and Tradition in Structural Design” opened at the Sala Exposicions of the Universitat Politècnica de València. The exhibition runs through Nov. 17, 2009. Kawaguchi is a leader in the field of structural conception and design. The exhibition is organized around a set of 30 models from the office …

Retrospective exhibition honors Herman Miller designs

The Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Mich., in collaboration with The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich., organized a retrospective exhibition of designs from the Herman Miller furniture and office systems manufacturer. The exhibition is called Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller and will travel throughout the U.S. into 2013. The exhibition of designed objects and equipment …

New retractable roof for Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps move into a refurbished world-class soccer venue next year, as the BC Pavilion Corp., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, hopes its retractable fabric roof will give fans an intimate yet light-filled experience. The gathered synthetic roof fabric will effectively limit the capacity of the stadium to 22,000 seats, but allow end-zone draping to be …

Fabric pavilion pays tribute to architect’s Plan for Chicago

Zaha Hadid’s tiny Burnham pavilion captures Chicago’s grand plans By Frank Edgerton Martin For centuries, fabric pavilions have enlivened festivals and great events. Zaha Hadid brings a 21st century update to festive structures with a salute to one of America’s greatest architects and urban visionaries—Daniel Burnham. The lead architect for the 1892 Columbian Exposition (immense …