Mehler TensileDraw

January 19, 2010

Reviewed by Aaron Westre TensileDraw is a new 3-D membrane modeling tool provided by Mehler Texnologies. Mehler is a German company specializing in the production of a variety of coated fabrics for architecture, transportation, sporting and other industries. The software was developed for Mehler by M E+C S.r.l., an Italian company that produces a variety …

Anish Kapoor sculpture blends fabric and steel in New Zealand

January 1, 2010

International sculptor Anish Kapoor stretches fabric and steel to manipulate views of the New Zealand seascape “I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relationship with both space and time.” –Anish Kapoor, Tate Magazine, July 2007 The Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor is probably best known in the United States for his …

Eye-catching entrance shade canopy acts as sales tool

A south Florida awning company takes its own advice and installs a new entrance shade canopy; customers take notice The main purpose of the tensioned-fabric canopy above the entrance to Hoover Canvas Products Co., of West Palm Beach, Fla., is to catch the eye of passing motorists. It works; people began taking notice soon after …

U2 fabric stage makes world tour

Dublin’s U2, recognized worldwide for its driving yet melodic musical vision, launched the band’s “360° World Tour” in June 2009 on a fabric-clad stage that rocks around the clock. The stage system resembles a giant steel-trussed spider clad with PVC-coated polyester blackout fabric. No matter where concert goers sit, even if the venue is a …

Suzhou sky canopy features multimedia projection surfaces

In Suzhou, China, Harmony Times Square, next to Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake, is a new landmark for the city, including office buildings, retail streets, riverfront cafes and a state-of-the-art shopping mall. Its urban design and open canal-side streetscape create a cultural center for the city, and also serve broader needs by integrating expansion and …

Snohetta: architecture-landscapes-interiors

Feb. 4–April 2, 2010, New York City The innovative, award-winning and environmentally conscious architectural firm Snøhetta, is featured in a multi-faceted exhibition at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. The exhibition presents a selection of the firm’s work, including the air-inflated Kongsberg Jass Festival Tubaloon fabric structure shown above.

Art and architecture in fabric and steel

Every two years, a landscape architect is chosen through a juried competition to create an installation for the Cleveland Public Art Park. The 2009 incarnation, from Eventscape, Toronto, Ont., Canada, celebrates both Cleveland’s industrial heritage and its new “green” environmental agenda. The fabric-clad organic futuristic forms make a powerful visual impact on a number of …

New mobile home design inspired by the Sydney Opera House

Dutch industrial designer Axel Enthoven has designed a new mobile home inspired by the Sydney Opera House. In fact, the fabric and stainless steel trailer has been christened “Opera” in recognition of its design roots. Developed in cooperation with Rob Vos, who conceived the idea, the Opera trailer tent opens and levels itself in five …

Design challenge seeks to improve New York streetscape

New York City’s urbanSHED competition invited designers to propose alternatives to the ubiquitous grimy, dark sidewalk scaffolds that blight the city If Kevin Erickson, of KNEstudio, New York City, had his way, all of New York City would benefit from the addition of “clouds” of air-inflated ETFE beams as replacements for the usual grim sidewalk …

Inside the distinctive Georgia Dome

Atlanta’s Georgia Dome establishes a number of new fabric-roof records By Gene Rebeck Call the 70,500-seat Georgia Dome a domed stadium, according to its designers, and you miss the point. To understand how, you first need the answer to a key question: Why a dome in Atlanta? Although many domed stadia have been built in …