Art and architecture, comfortably

December 1, 2016

The Brickell City Centre, a new $1.05 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Miami, Fla., has it all. There are luxury residences, a hotel, office space and a five-story pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and cafés. Connecting this vast space into one architectural statement is a 100,000-square-foot canopy called the Climate Ribbon™. Made of faceted …

Hybrid fabric building

November 1, 2014

Farmers by day, musicians by night. When the Central New York Regional Market Authority commissioned a year-round farmers’ market building in Syracuse, N.Y., members expected the hybrid fabric and steel structure to multi-task. Little did they know how rapidly the popular shopping spot for fruits and veggies would become an exciting concert venue, known as …

The versatility of fabric for shade

December 1, 2013

From urban renewal to water conservation to alfresco elegance, the benefits of shade structures cover a lot of ground. By Sigrid Tornquist There’s something about a well-designed textile shade structure that acts like an invitation. Whether the structure is angular or curved, freestanding or an extension of a building, crisp white or in vivid color, …

Hightex wins IAA Award of Excellence for fabric art

November 1, 2013

Hightex Group plc, a systems engineering company for textile architecture and cable systems of large area membrane roofs and façades, won an International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications for the art installation “Leviathan,” a work created by the British artist Anish Kapoor. The award was presented by the Industrial Fabrics …

International architectural designer shares Energy Tower virtual tour

August 1, 2013

Internationally acclaimed architectural designer Michael Edmonds shared with Dallas energy and real estate leaders his signature vision for how vertically integrated spaces can combine form and function, while maximizing efficiency in terms of construction costs, energy consumption and land use. He used the proposed ENERGY TOWER at City Center in Midland as the cornerstone of …

Interior textiles: Part 2

May 1, 2013

Detailing the development of an industry. By Nicholas Goldsmith Besides the developments described in Part 1, another critical path in the development of tensile fabric interiors also started during the 1980s. Bill Moss, well known since the 50s for his design of lightweight camping tents, introduced a stretch fabric display for trade shows and events. …

A chic shading system

A high-end mall fights off the sun with fabric. The Mall at Chestnut Hill, located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Mass., caters to affluent Bostonians living in the suburbs. The high-end, two-story enclosed mall is small by most retail mall standards but attracts shoppers with tony boutique retailers such as Kate Spade, Cole …

Fabric ceiling transforms a school gym

Arcus Temporum XI, a three-day spiritual exercise August, 2012, blended music, theater and art, focusing on the theme “a search for place.” The festival site, the Arch Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary, is a historic monument with a breathtaking view of Lake Balaton—and a boarding school gym that served as a concert hall for guest composers. …

Heat responsive tension structures

January 1, 2013

Graduate students Felecia Davis and Delia Dumitrescu recently presented their research on interactive, knitted tension structures that respond to heat or electrical current. Using a tubular knitting machine, with electronic circuits running throughout the fabrics tested, Davis (a PhD candidate at MIT) and Dumitrescu (PhD candidate at The Swedish School of Textiles, BorÃ¥s), tested and …

Interior textiles: Part 1

Laying out the context and history of tensioned fabric interiors. By Nicholas Goldsmith Unlike exterior fabric structures, such as tensile architecture and textile facades, interior fabric environments are able to use a greater diversity of materials because they aren’t required to withstand the structural criteria of wind and snow loading on their surfaces. As a …