Covering the (water)world

August 1, 2013

Providing shade for an outdoor entertainment park in Abu Dhabi is no simple undertaking. By Mark Zeh Over the last several years, Yas Island, one of the several hundred natural islands around Abu Dhabi City, has been developed into one of the world’s leading sporting and entertainment spots. Attractions on the 2,500-hectare (6,178 acres) island …

Make a grand entrance

The importance of entryways to buildings, and how to design a good one. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Any actor will tell you that making a proper entrance is the essence of theater. “What is theater, after all, if not a series of exits and entrances?” says Arnold Aronson, professor of theater at Columbia University. …

International architectural designer shares Energy Tower virtual tour

Internationally acclaimed architectural designer Michael Edmonds shared with Dallas energy and real estate leaders his signature vision for how vertically integrated spaces can combine form and function, while maximizing efficiency in terms of construction costs, energy consumption and land use. He used the proposed ENERGY TOWER at City Center in Midland as the cornerstone of …

Memphis firm makes Inner City 100

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and FORTUNE magazine recently named the 100 fastest-growing urban businesses in America, and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Memphis, Tenn., ranked 85 on the list. The Inner City 100 recognizes successful companies and CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. To …

Architecture Billings Index stays in growth mode

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained positive again in June after the first decline in 10 months in April. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the June ABI score was 51.6, …

Nature’s wrath and awning repair

By Maura Keller When you have a five-star-rated hotel, situated on a pristine beach in Watch Hill, R.I., you need to feature awnings that stand up to the hotel’s esteemed reputation and it’s ocean-side location. That’s why Ocean House began partnering with New Haven Awning Co., New Haven, Conn., more than four years ago for …