Building and construction innovations in 2014

April 1, 2014

The construction industry is on the upswing, and 2013 construction starts saw an increase of 6% to $516.8 billion over 2012, according to McGraw Hill Construction (a division of McGraw Hill Financial). The industry utilizes up-to-date building methodologies, technology resources and materials, which generate prospective economic growth. Michael Craig, a serial real estate investor, marketing …

Awning trends and consumer desires from R+T Stuttgart

FabricArchitectureMag.com | April 2014 New sector solutions for roller shutters, doors/gates, and sun protection systems are presented every three years at R+T in Stuttgart, Germany. The trade-fair presents industry information, providing a preview of awning trends expected within the next year. Based on business developments, the awning industry shows trending toward weather-proof systems. Manufacturers are …

Education: Fabric Architectural Structures and Bauhaus Today

Prof. Dr. Ing. Robert Off, Director of IMS e.V. Anhalt University, from Germany, will take attendees on an educational journey to explore and discover the fascinating world of tensioned fabric architectural and structural expressions, cable nets, and pneumatic forms from the prospective of their applications in Europe and other countries outside of the United States. …

Lighting the way to learning

Fabric ceiling system filters and diffuses light at university library By Katherine Carlson Students visiting the multi-story Munday Library and Learning Commons, a classroom and technology hub for St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, thrive on the renovated building’s indirect sunlight, muted acoustics and clean, elegant design. Architects Sasaki Associates created the right frame for …

FBI cover-up

Tensioned fabric panels enhance FBI parking garage using frame and clip technology. By Kelly Frush Typical businesses in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley include technology giants such as Qualcomm, Fujitsu, and Texas Instruments. But now there is a new sheriff in town—the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently moved into a $100 million, six-story building, …

How to design a fabric structure: The basics

By Sam Armijos, AIA The first step in designing a fabric structure is to create a form with sufficient pre-stress or tension to prevent it from fluttering like a flag or sail. The three basic forms associated with tensioned fabric structures are the hypar (hyperbolic paraboloid), the cone, and the barrel vault. The hypar—or simple …

Today’s trends in fabric structures

Fabric structures have evolved over the years and continue to grow in importance today. By Sam Armijos, AIA Fabric structures have been used in one form or another in different market segments and in a variety of environmental conditions. These structures have evolved over the years with advances in materials and technology, and continue to …