2016 Smart Fabrics Summit Videos

May 26, 2017

Watch videos from the 2016 Smart Fabrics Summit on the website of the International Trade Administration Office of Textiles and Apparel. Part 1- Opening Remarks; Globe Demonstration; Challenges in Manufacturing Smart Fabrics Panel Part 2- First Line Technology Demonstration; Federal Research and Development in Smart Fabrics Panel; Part 3- DuPont Demonstration; Intellectual Property Rights for …

Bucky Fuller’s Biosphere celebrates 50 years

May 1, 2017

Constructed as the epitome of the future and the central featured pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67, R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome is now 50 years old. Known as the Biosphere, the structure was the hit of the 1967 World’s Fair. Enclosed with trapezoidal acrylic inserts in the metal open-lattice structure and backed by a system …

Danes plant a knitted round tower in a Portugal square

Practicing architects and students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (RDAF) Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation created an experimental structure to highlight a World Cultural Heritage Site in Guimaraes, Portugal. Hybrid Tower is made of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) rods in combination with a custom CNC-knit textile. The concept structure is …

What a web they weave—Uni Stutt’s robots string carbon & glass fibers overhead

Researchers and students are finding inspiration in the webs that moths spin. The collaborators are from the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). The researchers and student have applied their efforts toward stretching the possibilities in digital construction with the aid of robotics and …

U.K. journal pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

British architecture magazine, The Architect’s Journal, has produced a 27-minute video to commemorate the work of Zaha Hadid, the iconoclastic Iraqi-born architect who died in early 2016. The video captures the breadth and width of Hadid’s work, from her first drawings and paintings produced while she was a student at England’s premiere training ground, the …

Catching water in a colorful way

Fabric funnels create an award-winning shade-water pavilion in New Orleans Students at the Tulane School of Architecture (TSA), New Orleans, La., have created the distinctive Hollygrove Shade-Water Pavilion that fulfills both aesthetic and practical requirements. The project, created through the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (SCCD), provides a neighborhood gathering place while …

Fabric houses explored as future sustainable options

Fabric homes could well have a place in future urban settings. To explore this possibility, one such dwelling, the Breathe House, has been created as a prototype for a future living environment called “MINI Living–Breathe.” Created by Brooklyn, N.Y., architects SO-IL, the prototype was created as a sustainable response to ever-shrinking homes and limited resources …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

April 3, 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

Reinforced hydrogels prove stronger than steel

April 1, 2017

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a new material that is 25 times tougher than glass fiber fabric, 100 times tougher than hydrogels, and five times stronger than carbon steel, based on the amount of energy needed to destroy them. “The fiber-reinforced hydrogels, with a 40 percent water level, are environmentally friendly,” says …

A well-shaded hotel

Hotels offer comfort, convenience and panache for entertainment events. In order to make the best use of an outdoor gathering space on its grounds, the Wickham Park Hotel in Wickham, Australia, worked with Shade To Order Pty Ltd. of Gateshead, Australia, to create a sheltering tensile fabric structure. The architectural fabric installation needed to cover …