Designtex and 3M Architectural Markets announce collaboration

December 20, 2013

Designtex and 3M Architectural Markets announced that Designtex will be the distributor in the United States for 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes. The DI-NOC™ series utilizes 3M technology to create a dynamic material that conforms to flat or curved surfaces, making it a versatile solution for doors, drawers, furniture, and back-lit applications. The collection includes over …

ICC rolls out cloud-based code development process

December 1, 2013

International Code Council Members and others with an interest in public safety in the built environment have begun to use the first version of cdpACCESS—the new, cloud-based tool built exclusively for ICC’s code development process (cdp). Once referred to as remote voting, cdpACCESS is much more than that. With cdpACCESS, you can create code change …

2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program seeks to identify and recognize the benefits of a high performance, sustainable design approach; to educate the architectural community and the public at large on the increased value that sustainable design provides for developers, building owners and occupants; and to acknowledge architects as experts in the creation of …

J&J Carter’s Eco Dam wins Innovation Excellence Award

At the annual awards dinner for the 2013 Inspire Business Awards, J&J Carter was presented the Innovation Excellence Award for, among others, its Eco-Dam flood defense product. J&J Carter Ltd., founded in 1988, specializes in the design and building of tensile structures. The company has diversified into other fields of technical textiles and manufactures products …

Phifer sustainable window shade fabrics

Phifer unveils a third option in its eco-friendly SheerWeave Infinity2 range of 100-percent recyclable, PVC- and lead-free window shade fabrics. This new 1 percent open, full basketweave fabric joins 3 and 5 percent options in the sustainable Infinity2 window treatment line. Emulating the look and engineering of standard SheerWeave fabrics, Infinity2’s yarn coating is developed …

Cloud-based app for architects to centralize project ideas

Vulume is a cloud-based application for architects, designers, builders, students and enthusiasts to share ideas and inspiration. The application was designed with industry professionals in mind. It helps its members save time and money by bringing everyone onto one platform and enabling faster and more efficient communication. According to the United States Census Bureau, over …

Recasens USA announces Recacril 10-year warranty

Recasens USA, a subsidiary of Recasens SA, announces a new 10-year limited warranty for Recacril awning and marine acrylic fabric. Recacril fabrics have been sold and used throughout the USA for more than 10 years and have exhibited outstanding durability and fade resistance in all regions of the county. In addition, Recasens only sources solution-dyed …

DUBAI Architecture School Tower competition announcement

The Architectural Competition Concours d’Architecture [AC-CA] is hosting an international competition to design an Architecture School Tower in Dubai, providing an alternative environment for studying and training to become an architect within this global city. This competition hopes to achieve the following: Encourage and reward design excellence on a large scale, which integrates function, structure, …

Safety Components awning project wins IAA Award

A commercial awning project using Safety Components’ WeatherMax outdoor performance fabric received an International Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Commercial Awnings and Canopies, more than 900 sq. ft. category. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabric applications during IFAI Specialty Fabrics …

The Souk Okaz

Tensile membrane design recalls rich cultural history. By Julie Swiler Located in the Mecca Province, on the slopes of the Sarawat Mountains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, lies the city of Taif. With fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery, the city of 500,000 is a popular getaway from the intense heat in the region. …