Another Serpentine in the grass?

June 29, 2011

Following yesterday’s editor’s blog, here is news of the Serpentine Gallery’s plans to renovate the historic The Royal Parks’ Magazine Building (built in 1805) in Kensington Gardens. Designed by Zaha Hadid, who clearly recognizes the benefits of lightweight, tensile structures when extending useable space, the renovation will be finished in time for the 2012 London …

St. Petersburg Pier design competition now open

June 20, 2011

Since its earliest days as a growing fishing village on Florida’s west coast in the late 1800s, a pier has been the centerpiece of the St. Petersburg, Fla. downtown waterfront. The current landmark Pier —the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers—opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span, slated for …

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics changing name

June 8, 2011

Construction giant Saint-Gobain has announced that its business unit dealing with technical reinforcing fibres and glass fibres, formerly known as Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, will change its name to Saint-Gobain Adfors. The new unit, whose name is based on the words “add” and “force,” encompasses Vetrotex (glass fibres for composites), Adfors Industrial Fabrics and Adfors Construction …