Transforming urban areas with fabric

May 18, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist Cities are pouring money into urban revitalization in an attempt to restore downtowns to their former vibrant glory, and many of those renewal designs are featuring shade structures, awnings and exterior shades, fused with the best of historic architecture. And in addition to providing shade and shelter from the elements, they also …

Herculite acquires Strataglass

May 11, 2015

Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Products Inc. has acquired Strataglass LLC, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The agreement was announced May 8. The acquisition continues Herculite’s efforts to be a total solution provider in each of the markets it serves. “We are excited about the addition of the iconic Strataglass family of custom engineered solutions to Herculite’s …

Function meets beauty

May 4, 2015

Torch-shaped fabric canopies light way for Staten Island commuters. By Kathy Carlson The elegant array of 12 torch-shaped canopies glowing with diffused lights has made the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal a more functional–and beautiful–way for commuters to experience New York’s landscape. The Staten Island Ferry transports 22 million people per year between Staten …

Architecture Billings Index accelerates in March

May 1, 2015

For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a modest increase in design activity in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was …

AIA selects top green projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 19th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The …

OEKO-TEX launches Made in Green traceable consumer label

For more than 20 years, OEKO-TEX® has been a reliable partner for textile companies committed to human-ecologically safe products and the implementation of more sustainable manufacturing. The newest addition to the product portfolio is Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®—a traceable product label that allows for communication throughout the supply chain all the way to the …

Birdair Purify Mesh 30 Membrane

Purify Mesh 30, launched by Taiyo Kogyo Corp., is a PVC mesh membrane that incorporates TiO2 photocatalyst coating for building façade applications. Birdair, a member of the Taiyo Kogyo Group, will carry Purify Mesh 30, providing it primarily for its North American customer base. Openings in the mesh allow light transmission, which lets architects experiment …

International Achievement Award entries due June 30

Annual competition promotes awareness of specialty fabrics. Entries for IFAI’s annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition are due June 30. The goal of the International Achievement Award competition is to promote awareness of specialty fabrics used in a variety of products and applications. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals. …

Soccer stadium canopies

Unique and dynamic fabric canopies provide year-round shade and weather protection. By Jake Kulju As soccer gains in popularity across the United States, so does spectatorship. Lynn University of Boca Raton, Fla., has such a dedicated soccer fan base that they invested in large fabric canopies to shelter their spectators at their new soccer stadium. …

The role of fabric structures in architecture (Part 1)

Fabric structures are a superior choice in many types of applications. By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA, President, Fabric Architect LLC Fabric structures have played and continue to play a huge role in architecture. Thirty years ago, the Haj Terminal in Saudi Arabia was on the cover of design and construction magazines all over the world. …