Taliesin West: a materials laboratory in the Sonoran Desert

November 1, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright, visionary architect of the late 1800s and mid 1900s, tested his radical design ideas on his personal projects before subjecting his clients to his design decisions. This experimental approach is one of the founding principles of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (FLWSA). Encouraged and guided by instructors, students at …

Community college features colorful shades

An Iowa community college culinary and hotel learning center ups the ambiance and educational value by adding colorful shades Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has built a solid reputation for high-quality training and education in an academic setting that replicates, to a surprising degree, actual business situations. The college, located on the outskirts …

Playa Vista bandshell lights up the park

Playa Vista Central Park is a 3.6-hectare public park built on the historic site of Howard Hughes’ Los Angeles private airfield, where the famous wood and fabric airplane, the Spruce Goose, was built. But this park holds a structure that impresses as much as the Hughes airplane, and even looks like it might take flight. …

London 2012 Olympics Water Polo Arena

‘Reuse after done’ is the design motto for a prime venue in the Olympic aquatic sports category This temporary venue is one of several arenas specially designed to be dismantled and redistributed after the London 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by David Morley Architects (DMA), the Water Polo Arena features a distinctive silver wrap of PVC …

Temporary basketball arena for the London 2012 Olympics

Faster than you can yell foul, sports venues are shooting up in London’s Olympic Park in anticipation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. This past June, the Olympic Basketball Arena, one of the largest temporary sports venues built, was the fourth structure to be completed more than a year before the international athletes land …

Velodrome utilizes fabric in strategic ways

As the venue for indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, the Velodrome is an architectural interpretation of the activities that will take place inside. According to Hopkins Architects, who designed the venue, the Velodrome’s formal expression was inspired by cycling itself, and the care that went into the detailing …

Populous’ Olympic Stadium

To make the London 2012 Olympic Stadium the most sustainable for the Olympics to date, Populous has turned to fabric as a strategic part of the overall strategy Not wanting to leave a burdensome legacy on the host city or its people, the Olympic Delivery Authority asked sports facility designers Populous to make the new …

BMW Guggenheim Lab showcases portable fabrics and meshes

By Frank Edgerton Martin On Houston Street in lower Manhattan, the Guggenheim Museum recently opened an experimental “Laboratory” for public discussions about sustainability and urban design in the 21st century. As one of the first buildings designed with a structural framework of carbon fiber (the same material used in tennis racquets), the Guggenheim Lab is …

Shooting, Paralympic Shooting and Paralympic Archery Venue

Colorful fabric cladding of the temporary venue is in place. The Shooting Venue, located at the historic Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, will stage events across three indoor ranges and three outdoor ranges. Click here for more information. Project details Contractor: John Sisk & Sons Fabricator: Base Structures Ltd.

Sustainability in the London 2012 Olympics

Sustainability is playing a major role in shaping the design and construction of the London 2012 Olympics, including the individual sport venues, the Olympic housing and the overall related infrastructure. The driving force for this stance by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), (the tactical organization responsible for creating all the physical settings for the London …