Beaming up fabric structures

March 1, 2015

A vanguard fabric-airbeam-supported structure tops Carnegie Hall. By Carla Waldemar It takes a team to raise a structure—at least in the case of a challenging, vanguard installation atop Carnegie Hall in the center of Manhattan. The renowned, nine-story music auditorium wished to hold its opening night gala under a tent on its rooftop. Installation was …

Fabric and light

Getting creative with textiles and architecture. By Lynn Keillor Today’s retail stores are an array of color-popping advertising displays. Most backlit displays are not made of film or some sort of vellum, but of a tightly woven, printed fabric. Eric Tischer, president of Randolph, N.J.-based Verseidag seemee US Inc., takes a close look, running his …

U-shaped UV protection

New football stadium shade structure reflects 70 percent of sun’s energy. By Kathy Carlson Baylor University in Waco, Texas, prides itself on its football program and demanded “a first-class facility for a first-class university and sports program,” says Douglas Radcliffe, business development manager for membrane canopy expert Birdair North America, Buffalo, N.Y. Waco’s subtropical climate, …

The Solar Cloth Company named finalist in the UK’s search for “green” innovation

RBS has selected The Solar Cloth Company (TSCC) as a finalist in the Innovation Gateway, an international search for new ways of reducing energy, water and waste. Launched in March of 2014, the RBS Innovation Gateway attracted more than 140 submissions in just 40 days, from brand new concepts through to market-ready products and services, …

Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Cleaner

After an extended period of testing and market development, Polyfab introduced Polyfab ProTM Shade Sail Cleaner, a concentrated, environmentally safe, high-strength cleaner designed to remove difficult soils from HDPE and vinyl fabrics. The liquid is clear with no odor, and comes in 32-oz, gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon sizes. Depending on the degree and type of …

Conference on Structural Membranes 2015 looking for abstracts

The seventh international conference on “Structural Membranes 2015 TextileComposites and Inflatable Structures” will be organized on Oct. 19–21 in Barcelona. As in previous editions, the state-of-the-art research and technology for design, analysis, construction and maintenance of membrane structures will be addressed. The deadline for submitting abstracts to the session: “Detailing—Case Studies—Installation Process” is March 16.

Finalists announced for 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The five finalists are: Name of work in English: Ravensburg Art Museum, Ravensburg, DE Original name: Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Ravensburg, DE Office: Lederer Ragnarsdóttir …

Architects selected for 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, to receive the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. This year’s award recipients will be honored and receive their awards at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes excellence in architectural …

Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

Florida Gulf Cost University (FGCU) broke ground on the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. The majority of the 6.5-acre campus will be devoted to outdoor research development fields, where private and public researchers will develop and test …

Legacy Building Solutions opens office in Chile

Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, opened a satellite office in Santiago, Chile. The new location gives the company a stronger foothold in the emerging Latin American market for mining, industrial warehousing, fertilizer storage, aviation, military, athletics and other building applications.</p. The company has completed recent fabric building projects …