Housing for IFAI Expo 2015 is now open

April 10, 2015

Exhibitors and attendees may book hotel rooms online or via phone or email. Exhibitors and attendees of IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim may now book their hotel rooms online or via phone or email. Room blocks are secured at the Anaheim Marriott and the Hilton Anaheim. ConferenceDirect is the only official housing company for IFAI …

Remembering Frei Otto

April 1, 2015

A giant of the tensile structure industry and influential master architect leaves a legacy. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Upon learning that he had been awarded the Pritzker Prize, Frei Otto recently said: “I am now so happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and the Pritzker family very much. I …

Fisher GF 5351 fabric

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, added its GF 5351 Waterfall fabric to the Enviro-Tex fabric line. GF 5351, also known as ET 5351 Waterfall, now contains 60% REPREVE polyester and 40% polyester. No change has been made to the fabric’s physical properties or price. All Enviro-Tex styles are made with REPREVE …

Forsthoff compact automatic overlap welding Machine

The Forsthoff P2 Auto Welder, from Abbeon Cal Inc., is a 120V-2200W automatic overlap welder that uses convenient 20-amp “household” power or a 3000W generator. A 230V-4000W version of the machine welds plastic materials up to 60 ml at higher speeds. The P2 is a low-maintenance, durable yet economic machine that has a powerful gear …

Provides acoustical benefits

Phifer Inc.’s SheerWeave Style 4901, a two-sided twill weave fabric, is part of the company’s range of interior sun control fabrics that address acoustical needs within the commercial and office environment. Style 4901 joins SheerWeave Basic 3%, Style 2500 and Performance+ Style 2500. Phifer’s acoustical fabrics show performance ratings of .50-.60 as measured by the …

SANITIZED UV-resistant mildew protection

A new development from Swiss SANITIZED AG, specialist in antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection, prevents loss of performance in textile treatments under aggressive insolation. Sanitized® TH 12-13, which can be used on textiles and for polymer coatings, offers long-lasting UV-resistant protection against mildew. A large number of treatments are available to protect textiles in …

Legacy Building Solutions opens new headquarters

Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, has constructed and opened a new corporate office at its headquarters in South Haven, Minn. The new building was necessitated by Legacy’s rapid growth in the fabric structure market, propelled by the company’s innovative rigid-frame engineering concept. The framework of the new facility …

Architecture Billings Index improves in February

After its first negative score in 10 months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive 10 out of the past 12 months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and …

Fabric protection for new cars

An auto dealer shade saddle shades cars and people, and offers a sustainable extra. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Wolfsburg, Germany, located about 65 km east of Hannover, could be considered the Disneyworld of the automobile industry. The VW Autostadt is designed like a theme park with eight “pavilions” that house VW’s various car brands …

Building with textiles

A report from the TextielMuseum exhibition: the current and future potential of textiles in architecture. By Marie O’Mahony The use of textiles in buildings is by no means new, with early examples of dwellings made using branches and animal furs that can be dated back more than 35,000 years. The TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Holland, is …