Cooley furthers commitment to sustainability, corporate social responsibility

May 30, 2012

Cooley strives to lead industry sustainability efforts, better local communities and protect the environment Cooley Group is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable, engineered membranes for advertising, chemical containment, military, environmental protection and roofing initiatives. Recently the company announced additional developments that underscore its commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The developments …

Hearing fabric

May 24, 2012

The why and wherefore of designing for sound with textiles By Todd Wilmert All building materials are acoustical; all affect how sound is reflected, absorbed or transmitted. Through materials, sound can be sustained through reflection or made to dissipate through absorption. Transmission touches on the how much sound is permitted to pass through the material …

Continuing education: Acoustics with fabric

May 16, 2012

Learn how technical fabrics can aid acoustic control. Discusses reflection, absorption coefficients; design solutions and case studies. Online testing. More details in the near future. In the meantime, check out other continuing education stories. Fabric Architecture magazine provides the opportunity for CE credits by partnering with the Fabric Structures Association of IFAI, an official provider …

Pumped up, a study of air structures

Innovations in materials and design are opening up new uses for air-inflated structures. By Jonathan Kalstrom Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May/June 1997 issue of Fabric Architecture (then called Fabrics & Architecture). The design, applications and mechanical systems of air structures have continued to evolve. Among the noteworthy recent developments in the industry …

ASU college campus selected for top green award

May 9, 2012

AIA announces the 2012 Top 10 Green Projects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Projects showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption. One of the top …

National Design Award winners announced

May 4, 2012

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has announced the 2012 National Design Award finalists. The awards recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner this fall at the 13th annual National Design Awards program. A jury of design leaders and educators from across the country reviewed submissions …

Northern [blue] lights: high-tech fabric in the woods

May 1, 2012

Woven PVDF frames a cabin on the U.S.-Canada border in brilliant color. Ahti Westphal, a recent graduate in architecture from the University of Minnesota, has combined a number of personal interests with his design and construction of a luminous “Blue Cube” retreat located on Grindstone Island overlooking Rainy Lake that straddles the Minnesota-Ontario border. The …

Shading structure promotes dining alfresco-with a view

A dynamic, responsive building in the Italian sun improves business with a flexible fabric shade. This restaurant overlooks beautiful Lake Garda in northern Italy, not far from Verona and the Swiss border. In recent years, the proprietor found demand for service such that the outdoor dining terrace needed to be pressed into use year round. …

Lessons earned: fabric’s response to drought

The language of shelter and sustainability frames a grammar school courtyard. As part of a campuswide redevelopment of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, the Wildfell middle school building seeks to create a rich learning environment for middle year children on a dense suburban site in South Yarra on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Designed by Sally …

The skins game: economy of scale in fabric structures

The low and high cost of insulating fabric structures. By Samuel J. Armijos It has been 45 years since the German Pavilion was erected for Expo ’67 world’s fair in Montreal, Q.C., Canada. The structural system of this early fabric structure was a steel cable net that supported a pre-stressed textile membrane. The 7,200m2 structure …