Shigeru Ban named Pritzker Laureate 2014

March 31, 2014

The Pritzker Jury has awarded Japanese architect Shigeru Ban the 2014 Pritzker Prize. Ban is the 38th recipient of the award and its seventh Japanese recipient. “Shigeru Ban’s commitment to humanitarian causes through his disaster relief work is an example for all,” said Tom Pritzker when announcing this year’s laureate. “Innovation is not limited by …

Three-span retractable patio cover

March 1, 2014

By Mark Zeh The owners of a stone manor-style home in upstate New York were seeking to transform their patio, situated in a large garden, into a place that could be enjoyed and used for entertainment year-round. Key requirements were a large, retractable cover that would protect against sun glare, heat, UV and rain. The …

This Cloud bears a heavy load

Modular construction plus fabric cladding equal a dynamic showcase for events. By Bruce Wright, AIA A true collaboration between architect, engineer and fabricator, The Cloud is a vision of fabric, structure and showmanship. Unlike Internet-based data storage familiar to anyone who uses computers, this events venue anchored on the quayside of Queens Wharf in Auckland, …

T-ChIP program offers innovative textile chemical hazard and risk assessment

T-ChIP™ the new Textile Chemical Information Profile program, is a chemical hazard and risk assessment program designed by textile chemistry experts specifically for textile and textile chemical manufacturers. Manufacturers confidentially submit information about their commercial textile chemical products through the secure website. T-ChIP accesses the latest human and environmental toxicological data and conducts a verifiable, …

GBI to offer free AIA-approved training course

The Green Building Initiative™ (GBI) will provide free access to its online certification course for Green Globes Professionals™ (GGPs) from Feb. 13 to April 15. GGPs help guide building projects in achieving Green Globes® ratings, awarded for environmentally-focused design and construction. “We’re seeing an upsurge in demand for Green Globes certification this year, both for …

Futureguard Building Products has a new face in the south

Futureguard Building Products, manufacturer of NuImage and Bel-Aire awnings, hired Clark Jepson as its new south eastern dealer sales representative. Based in Tampa Fla., Jepson’s territory covers from Florida to Texas and up to North Carolina. Jepson is a U.S. Navy veteran with a varied background ranging from broadcasting and commercial voice over work, including …

Sattler Corp. reorganizes staff

The North American arm of global performance fabric manufacturer Sattler AG reorganized its Sattler Corp. marketing team effective Feb. 1, 2014. Jeff Jimison, the VP sales marine, has left the organization to pursue other interests. Steve Weiss, current VP sales awning, will be responsible for the marine product category and sales team. His new title …

Virtual reality services and hardware for architects and engineers

PocketCake is working with some of the nation’s top architectural and engineering companies, converting its 3D models into stunning virtual reality simulations using the Oculus Rift. PocketCake’s simulations offer first-person interaction from the comfort of a laptop. Instead of an abstract blueprint process, a virtual reality simulation ensures concepts look exactly as they are envisioned. …

BSD improves A/E specifications updating

Building Systems Design Inc. (BSD) announced a new approach to updating the data in its master guide specifications product, BSD SpecLink®-E. Instead of replacing the architectural and engineering database each quarter with updated content, BSD now delivers updates automatically via the Internet at a frequency determined by each subscriber—as frequently as daily, but not less …

Guiding Principles Compliance for new construction of federal buildings

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) launched the Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction (GPC NC) of federal buildings. The program for assessing building sustainability was developed with extensive input from federal government agencies. As a sister product to the GBI’s program for existing federal buildings, which to date has been used to certify more than …