Miller Weldmaster hits the road with ‘Roadshow’

January 27, 2011

The Miller Roadshow, a traveling exhibit by Miller Weldmaster, is set to begin its 2011 itinerary in Florida, according to a press release from the company. The peripatetic Roadshow is actually a tradeshow that goes to MW’s customers and would-be customers. Eric Helmick is the Roadshow tech who offers advice and demonstrates the company’s machines. …

IFAI launches new website

January 20, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the specialty fabrics industry as a whole. The site features an event calendar, news blog, news feeds from the association’s seven magazine websites, revamped bookstore and information on IFAI interest groups and services. Non-members can easily join the …

Ronstan launches AIA CES course for architects

January 10, 2011

Ronstan Tensile Architecture, Portsmouth, R.I., has launched its continuing education course, “Exploring the Naturally Sustainable Form of Tensile Architecture,” on The Continuing Architect, an online educational platform. Accredited by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES), successful completion of the course earns one hour toward learning unit requirements, including the health, safety …

New graphics for architecture

January 1, 2011

New fabrics and printing technologies open up design possibilities. Compiled by Fabric Architecture magazine Architectural graphics today means more than simply selecting a typeface for a building’s address, room numbers or corporate site address sign. With durable, wide-format fabrics designed for large-format digital printers available, architects have a multitude of options to choose from, including …

Painting off the wall

Bill Moss is more than an artist when it comes to fabric structures. By Jean M. Cook Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March/April 1991 issue of Fabric Architecture. Bill Moss died in 1994 at age 71. Talking to Bill Moss, one senses he is more comfortable with a curving line than a …

Drawing to inform/inspire

Legendary tension tent designer Bill Moss used sketchbooks like most architects use restaurant napkins: to get the next fleeting idea down before it disappeared By Bruce N. Wright In 1955, Bill Moss, painter and illustrator, invented the PopTent, a tensioned-fabric tent, launching a revolution in camping equipment and changing how people around the world enjoy …

Shade canopy covers front of historic building

Messrs. Adolph Ziegler, Ignaz Fanz and Anton Metler would be pleased that the building they built to house their sausage factory (the Ziegler Building, 1880s) is still housing food-related businesses in the Market Square district of downtown Knoxville, Tenn. more than 100 years later. Today, the building has benefited from a recent renovation led by …

Tensile canopy protects public at new Ikea store

You could say that Southampton is ruled by the sea. The Southampton Water estuary that fronts the harbor—and that flows past the Isle of Wight and thus to the English Channel—exerts tremendous influence on the physiognomy of this city of some 500,000 people, a bustling metropolis ranked 13th in the U.K. for shopping. Southampton’s docks …

Urban fabric

Landscape architect Annette Wilkus offers unique insights on fabric opportunities in urban design By Frank Edgerton Martin Over the last 20 years, Annette Wilkus, ASLA, has forged a new niche for landscape architects. Working with some of the world’s leading designers, she serves as an on-site design advocate and construction specialist for some of the …

Interior fabric

Space articulation with fabric adds design flair with practical appeal By Carla Waldemar Heard a lot of hammering lately? Not likely. The construction industry is among the hardest hit in this bleak economy. Few housing subdivisions, office parks, megamalls or public institutions are breaking ground these days. Yet retail businesses, hospitals, colleges, exhibition arenas and …