5th International Seminar on Textile Architecture—IMS

January 1, 2016

What: 5th International Seminar on Textile Architecture; 1st International Seminar in Latin America—Panama City, Panama; hosted by Universidad Technologica de Panama—UTP and Anhalt University/IMS Institute, Dessau, Germany When: Feb. 17–19, 2016 Where: Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, School of Civil Engineering, Panama City For: Architects, Engineers, Landscaping Architects, Urbanists, Business Owners, Students and other Professionals related …

Huge structure is challenging, not impossible

When CAF USA (one of the U.S. rail transportation market leaders in the design, manufacture and maintenance of all types of railcars), Elmira, N.Y., wanted to enclose a 90-foot-wide and 24-foot-tall bridge train that was attached to an existing building, the first two shelter vendors they called said it couldn’t be done. Each of them …

College amphitheater canopy

Established in 1967, The College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Ill., recently underwent a $35 million renovation of its McAninch Arts Center (MAC), including the creation of an open-air amphitheater, called Lakeside Pavilion. Lakeside Pavilion is sited within view of the MAC’s Playhouse and Studio Theaters on lushly landscaped grounds and a stone’s throw from …

Renson® and Eide to partner

Renson, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announced a collaboration and growing project capacity in North America with Eide Industries Inc. of Cerritos, Calif. Eide Industries manufactures a variety of fabric structures including shade, tensile, commercial fabric and kinetic fabric roof systems. The company will integrate Renson products into …

A mixed-use shady oasis

London’s Wembley Park includes a covered play area to attract families—with a coated fabric that resists dirt. Wembley Park has a long history. An urban renewal success story, it’s been transformed again and again to fit the needs of the times. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened a line across what was then an estate. …

Beyond the competition of fabric structures

Patty and Charly Smail of Shelter Structures Inc. build their business by learning from each new customer—and finding gaps in what the competition offers. “We’ve always been service-oriented people. That’s our style,” says Patty Smail, president of Shelter Structures Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa. “We wanted to find markets where they valued quality over price and …

U.S. Green Building Council commits to scaling LEED green buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will commit to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet (478 million square meters) over the next five years through the LEED and EDGE green building rating systems. “We know that buildings must continue to be a key focus area for countries to reach carbon emissions …

Architecture Billings Index hits another bump

As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. 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 November ABI score was …