IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

September 29, 2010

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is one of five organizations selected in 2010 to receive more than $1.7 million for projects that increase U.S. exports, create jobs and strengthen the U.S. global competitive edge. The awards are given under the Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program …

Tension shade workshop in Orlando Oct. 26, prior to IFAI Expo Americas 2010

September 21, 2010

Tim Collins, a 20-year veteran fabricator from Queensland, Australia, and other shade structure professionals will be demonstrating the design and fabrication of several shade sails—as these shades get installed on the second floor pavilion of the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A., the same building that will house IFAI …

Fabric education for architects and designers

September 14, 2010

With the current emphasis on sustainable building design, architects, designers, builders and other industry professionals are exploring multiple means to achieve sustainable design, such as natural ventilation and daylighting, energy efficient HVAC systems, green roofs and landscaping and the use of awnings and canopies. The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial …

Items needed for 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction

September 7, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is requesting donations for the 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction, which will take place at the IFAI Expo Americas Welcome Reception on Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. Previously donated items include custom quilts, vacation packages, jewelry, luggage and more. Funds raised through the auction …

5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament to take place in Orlando

September 2, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will hold the 5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in Orlando, Fla., during IFAI Expo Americas. The tournament will take place at Disney’s famed Magnolia Golf Course, a Golf Digest 4-star course featuring tree-lined fairways, strategic bunkering and rolling greens. Box lunches will be served at …

Going to the limits: structural basics

September 1, 2010

To achieve the freedom of form that a fabric roof promises, strict rules must be obeyed if pitfalls and problems are to be avoided. By Craig Huntington No type of structure—whether it uses steel, wood, concrete, masonry or some more exotic material—conveys such an image of freedom of form as the fabric tension structure. This …

Students design breakfast spaces out of fabric

The response to this challenge was as varied as the students who designed the spaces. Spring 2010 at the College of Design, University of Minnesota this author (and editor of this magazine), taught an undergraduate-level product innovation and new materials course called “(Un)Wrapping it All Up: New Materials for Design: Design for New Materials.” The …

Florida golf and country club scores big with customized retractable awnings

The Kensington Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla., is not the sort of place to scrimp—on anything. The 370-acre (148ha) complex, located in the heart of this southwestern Florida city, boasts a par-71 course designed by renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr., a 2,700m2 clubhouse and seven clay tennis courts on the …

Shade ‘sails’ on California marina keep boaters in the breeze

Stockton, located in the hot and dry Central Valley of California about 60 miles east of San Francisco Bay, began during the Gold Rush of 1848. After an initial flirtation with prospecting, the city, with its strategic location at the center of the San Joaquin Delta network of waterways, soon found it paid more handsomely …

Millennium Dome—What’s up with that?

London rang in the new century under the Millennium Dome’s fabric roof. Ten years later, how is the roof holding up? By Tanya Ross Editor’s note: The iconic Millennium Dome—designed and built in time for the United Kingdom to celebrate the turn of the millennium at New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1999—has thrived as a …