Time-lapse video shows project installation

September 20, 2011

We’ve shown you the still picture; now watch it in high speed Back in May we reported on the announcement that Situ Studio selected a natural-looking acrylic fabric donated by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics for a renovation of the Brooklyn Museum’s great hall. Situ Studio has posted a time-lapse video of the installation of the …

ETFE systems

September 1, 2011

ETFE moves mainstream By Edward M Peck, AIA, LEED AP What is ETFE? ETFE was pioneered by DuPont more than 40 years prior to its architectural debut in Europe in the early 1980s. DuPont developed the fluorocarbon-based polymer to have high corrosion and chemical resistance, structural strength with low propagation of tear and integrity over …

Stella + Calatrava: The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain in Germany

By Mason Riddle What happens when a near legendary American artist and an acclaimed Spanish engineer-architect decide to play nicely in an iconic modernist art museum in Germany? “Stella & Calatrava: The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain,” a bold, stylistically unconventional mixed media work installed in Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe. Part painting, …

Shade structure in the Caribbean

Taking full advantage of natural trade winds, a responsive shade system improves the micro climate of this streetscape on Grand Cayman Island With a planning and design team that reads like a who’s who of the planning movement called New Urbanism, the design of Camana Bay Town Centre on the western end of Grand Cayman …

Fabric provides shade at Arizona zoo

An Arizona zoo embraces the landscape; a fabric shade structure is key to its reinvigorated success At Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo, the entryway was redeveloped in 2003 to enhance facilities, demonstrate “green” building considerations and create a more significant identity for the zoo. The remodeled facilities building—arcing in plan from east to west—houses a gift …

Geotextiles help save a Toronto park

A plan to rework the Don River Park near downtown Toronto uses geotextiles to remediate soil and drainage problems By Adam Regn Arvidson A new neighborhood is growing on 24 hectares of former industrial land near downtown Toronto. Called the West Don Lands, it will be home to 6,000 housing units, office and retail buildings, …

Green roofs and regenerative design

Paul Kephart’s vision for regenerative design: Living architecture that does many things at once By Frank Edgerton Martin In every generation, some of the most innovative thinkers in landscape ecology come from outside the formal design disciplines. Paul Kephart, founder of Rana Creek Studio in Monterey, Calif., is one such inventor. Originally a landscape painter, …

Knoll Textiles Exhibit

A recent exhibition in New York City enlightens as it delights By Mary Carey In May, the Bard Graduate Center of Decorative Arts presented Knoll Textiles, 1945–2010, an exhibition including the earliest innovators’ applications of materials and fiber construction for interiors. These innovations began the formation, shaping and disseminating of the Knoll brand. The exhibition …

Geometric awning for carport

A complex carport adds functionality and beauty to a Florida residence What could easily have been a recipe for failure ended up an example of success through perseverance. Consider: a client with strong convictions to the point of fanaticism for a preconceived design idea, a Greek chorus of consultant experts and a fabricator with high …

Fabric-roofed sports court

Emmanuel Catholic College in Beeliar, Western Australia, liked an existing conic, tensile fabric-roofed sports court, so when funding allowed development of an additional recreational and sports facility, the college preferred a similar design with a central post. Greenline Shade & Shelter Pty. Ltd., a Wagga Wagga, New South Wales firm was hired to coordinate the …