In memoriam: Roger Gant Jr.

July 27, 2010

Former Glen Raven president Roger Gant Jr. has died at the age of 86. Gant served Glen Raven Inc. for 55 years in a variety of management positions and as president and board member. He also led the Glen Raven team that created Glen Raven’s Sunbrella® brand of performance fabrics in the early 1960s. “It …

Architecture students design vertical exhibition center

July 1, 2010

By Bruce N. Wright Following their professor’s quirky challenge in a construction class, architecture students Jan-Frederik Flor and Ernesto Viquez Alas designed an exhibition hall to fit into a 10-story fabric-clad tower overlooking a San Jose, Costa Rica, city lake. The result is a strikingly dynamic and energetic structure that utilizes the strength of a …

Sun valleys and cable-membrane roof define Shanghai’s Expo Boulevard

By Zou Bin Taking center stage at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is Expo Boulevard, a 1km-long and 110m-wide north-south transportation axis that extends from Riverside Expo Park to Yaohua Road and serves as the main entrance to the Expo complex’s main pavilions. In addition to its traffic and transportation function, the three-level boulevard …

Shade canopies benefit Arizona campus plaza

Phoenix-based architects Studio Ma, has a track record of successfully improving life for Arizona State University (ASU) students at the Tempe campus. Besides completely redesigning a student union building that dates to the early 1950s (by upgrading the facility and adding classrooms to create the award-winning Memorial Union), Studio Ma reworked the ASU Bookstore to …

Water bank stores stormwater underground

Geosynthetic materials play a major role in new underground stormwater detention system. By Terence G. Sheridan Stormwater management is an ever-increasing expense on site development projects. Stormwater detention ponds are designed to protect against downstream flooding and environmental degradation. The standard of practice is to ensure that post-development flow from a site does not exceed …

Target Center’s green roof controls stormwater runoff

By Adam Regn Arvidson Green roofs are all about the cross-section. Building one is like making a giant sandwich, with different layers of materials serving different purposes. In most cases, geotextile fabrics play a prominent role in green roofs, beginning with the roof membrane itself. Atop the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis (home of the …

The High Line: NYC’s mile-long green roof

An urban promenade for the 21st century, the High Line’s linear roof garden offers sophisticated drainage and planting solutions. By Frank Edgerton Martin The reborn High Line is one of the first places in New York that really has a 21st century feel. The irony is that the High Line’s new LED lighting, sleek benches …

Ken Smith’s fabric WallFlowers bloom in New York

Draped over the elegant façade of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Ken Smith’s temporary city garden grows with some surprising fabrics. By Frank Edgerton Martin Ken Smith is known for challenging old assumptions about landscape architecture. In his adopted hometown of New York, he makes gardens that are vertical, roof gardens without living plants and …

Participatory environment features flexible poles and bungee cords

The eleventh year of the Museum of Modern Art /P.S.1 Young Architects Program (MoMA/PS1 YAP) will see the installation of “Pole Dance,” a participatory environment composed of a system of flexible 7.6m-high poles on a 3.7m by 3.7m grid connected by bungee cords. Designed by Brooklyn architects Solid Objectives–Idenburg Liu, the installation will fill P.S.1’s …

Green and blue together in Shanghai

An ETFE cushion roof covers the Shenzhen East Huaquiao amusement and indoor water park. Since part of the roof is retractable, the ETFE cushions and corresponding air circulation systems were designed to move with the retractable roof. The project garnered a 2009 Award of Excellence, Architectural Structures for Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd.