IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Fabric Structure Built for Extreme Conditions on Greenland Ice Sheet

February 1, 2017

Rubb USA, utilizing Serge Ferrari flexible composite materials, recently completed the installation of a modular structure at the Summit Station, Greenland, adapting the structure’s design to the unique needs of the extreme cold weather location. The Summit Station, located on the summit of the Greenland Ice Sheet, is home to the Greenland Environmental Observatory (GEOSummit), …

Residential canopy

Pergola def.: 1. A garden structure with an open wooden-framed roof often latticed, supported by regularly spaced posts or columns. The structure, often covered by vines or roses, shades a walk or passageway. A new private residence in Phuket, Thailand, that overlooks a bay area of an exclusive waterfront district, features a large timber pergola …

Power-generating textiles might augment buildings

Every January, Architect magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects, publishes the predictions and recommendations of new materials guru, Blaine Brownell, for what he thinks architects and designers should expect to see more of in the coming year. Brownell’s five picks for significant new material trends in 2017 include Programmable cement, Hardwood …

Tensioned awning

Beachfront golf anyone? Overlooking a pristine beach that stretches along the northeast coast of New Zealand, Tara iti Golf Club has been positioned as the premiere private golf club in the country. Located on a former pine tree plantation, this exclusive club oversees a landscape that has been cleared and restored to a native dune …

Guidelines for fabric structures (ASCE 55-10) updated to current standards

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. The new updated standard, ASCE 55-16, will answer how to design a structure to meet codes and more. Unlike ACSE 55-10, the revised standard includes a …

Discovery improves conductivity in composites

Although the use of composites in architecture and construction has not yet reached the adoption levels of the aerospace or transportation sectors, there are growing trends of interest and developments that could see more use of composites in buildings. One such harbinger is the recent announcement in Composites Manufacturing magazine, of the “collaboration between Bombardier …

Mesh-wrapped “Globe Theatre” proposed for travel

As recently reported in the Architect’s Newspaper, Angus Vail, a rock music business manager from New Zealand, wants to build a Shakespearean Globe Theater in Detroit. “But rather than a heavy timber and plaster structure, like the 16th century version, he wants to build it out of shipping containers.” Working with New York-based Perkins Eastman …

On the road to Rome

Italian architects and German engineers create a dynamic fabric structure for the Palace of Congress conference center “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”—Daniel H. Burnham, American architect No one could accuse fascist leader …