Legacy, what legacy?

January 23, 2013

As reported in the New York Times business section on Jan. 23, the London Olympic authorities are having trouble finding uses for many of last summer’s Olympic Games venues as promised, most notably the main Olympic Stadium. Fabric Architecture reported on many of the temporary venues in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue, and like everyone, we …

Supporting the arts at Papier 11

January 1, 2013

An architectural installation enhances the event’s rental tent. The annual Papier art event is organized by AGAC (Association des galeries d’art contemporain), a not-for-profit organization whose primary mandate is to further the recognition and prosperity of the contemporary art market in Canada. Papier 11, which ran in 2011, was held in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles …

A colorful canopy “UR” way

An undulating and colorful canopy brings praise, and customers, to a seaside haunt. Yogurt UR Way, a new business on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in Hollywood, Fla., needed an entry canopy for an existing building it was adapting for its newest franchise shop. Awnings of Hollywood, designers and fabricators hired for the job, got it …

Twin canopies set the stage

A pair of new fabric canopies helps a school fulfill its mission. Denton Community College, near Manchester, England, is a comprehensive school for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 16. It specializes in performing arts and sports. A recent £24 million addition to the school expanded its classrooms and support facilities and …

Fabrics shape a new media shop

Three kinds of fabrics shape a 21st century production space. By Frank Edgerton Martin Like the traveling circuses in the 19th century and today, the field of new media requires workspaces that are flexible, open and able to accommodate large groups when necessary. Editors, animators and producers often work alone or online, but there are …

Case study: Louis Vuitton’s Singapore showroom

FTL dresses up the Singapore showcase for haute couture designer Louis Vuitton’s newest store. Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific’s request was to develop an iconic custom solar shade skin for the flagship “Island Maison” at Sands Marina Bay, Singapore. The project is located in a floating “Crystal Pavilion” designed by Safdie Architects, an asymmetric building with …

Interior textiles: Part 1

Laying out the context and history of tensioned fabric interiors. By Nicholas Goldsmith Unlike exterior fabric structures, such as tensile architecture and textile facades, interior fabric environments are able to use a greater diversity of materials because they aren’t required to withstand the structural criteria of wind and snow loading on their surfaces. As a …

Dynamic skins on the desert

A recent conference on high rise structures revealed a creative shade solution. By Mark Zeh In June 2012, the Al-Bahar Towers, designed by the international architecture firm, Aedas of London, England, opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. These twin towers are located on a gateway site on the Eastern Ring Road, between Abu Dhabi …

Heat responsive tension structures

Graduate students Felecia Davis and Delia Dumitrescu recently presented their research on interactive, knitted tension structures that respond to heat or electrical current. Using a tubular knitting machine, with electronic circuits running throughout the fabrics tested, Davis (a PhD candidate at MIT) and Dumitrescu (PhD candidate at The Swedish School of Textiles, BorÃ¥s), tested and …

Glen Raven premieres fabrics with recycled fibers

At the annual IFAI Expo—this year held in Boston, 7–9 Nov—the awning fabrics maker Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, introduced the industry’s first awning and shade fabrics featuring recycled fiber. Sunbrella® Renaissance Unity fabrics contain 50% post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber, resulting in a vintage canvas look that retains fade resistance and sun protection qualities. Unity fabrics …