High-performing retractable fabric canopy offers strength, pliability, style and comfort.
Retractable fabric systems are poised to effectively transform and commercialize outdoor space.
The challenge is finding the right materials in architectural applications.
The theater’s recently completed rebuilding program replaced a 1960s era roof with a 55,000 sq ft fabric tensile roof.
Meeting the requirements set by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup stadium in Salvador, Brazil.
The carefully engineered use of timber in this fabric tensile structure system leads to a unique and warm result.
A free-standing fabric canopy frames a spectacular view of Diamond Head.
Street-level condominium courtyard transformed into oasis.
Bike shop fabric structure simulates amphitheater, protects from rain and sun, and gives retailer a competitive edge.
A courtyard at the University of California, Santa Barbara, now has a motorized, sliding panel roof system.
The commercial awning project took home an International Achievement Award.
Tensile membrane design recalls rich cultural history.
From urban renewal to water conservation to alfresco elegance, the benefits of shade structures cover a lot of ground.
Building skins that can be “controlled” by the environment and user preferences.
A dynamic fabric canopy at the Enniskillen Acute Hospital matches the building.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.