Argentina zoo gets all meshed up

July 1, 2011

Webmesh solutions for a stunning new bird exhibit in Argentina By Frank Edgerton Martin Over the centuries, zoos have evolved from private collections of exotic animals to powerful advocates for species conservation and environmental education. Located outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Parque Temaikèn is one of the most progressive zoos in Latin America. Like many …

Urban fabric

January 1, 2011

Landscape architect Annette Wilkus offers unique insights on fabric opportunities in urban design By Frank Edgerton Martin Over the last 20 years, Annette Wilkus, ASLA, has forged a new niche for landscape architects. Working with some of the world’s leading designers, she serves as an on-site design advocate and construction specialist for some of the …

Fabric structure showcases community performance

November 1, 2010

An artistic town in Uruguay gains a quality venue for cultural events and musical performance Given the amount of artistic production the town of Treinta y Tres has produced over the years—some outstanding artists, musicians and writers (such as poet Serafin J. García and novelist Julio C. da Rosa) in Uruguay have come from here—you …

Fabric structure sets the stage at Essence Music Festival

September 1, 2010

The Essence Music Festival, a three-day concert and cultural event held every year in New Orleans, is the largest African-American music and empowerment event in the U.S. Recently, RE:BE Design created a massive, single-unit stage setting to host the Festival integrating large projection screens with scenic elements in a spandex fabric cladding over a truss …

The High Line: NYC’s mile-long green roof

July 1, 2010

An urban promenade for the 21st century, the High Line’s linear roof garden offers sophisticated drainage and planting solutions. By Frank Edgerton Martin The reborn High Line is one of the first places in New York that really has a 21st century feel. The irony is that the High Line’s new LED lighting, sleek benches …

Target Center’s green roof controls stormwater runoff

By Adam Regn Arvidson Green roofs are all about the cross-section. Building one is like making a giant sandwich, with different layers of materials serving different purposes. In most cases, geotextile fabrics play a prominent role in green roofs, beginning with the roof membrane itself. Atop the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis (home of the …

Water bank stores stormwater underground

Geosynthetic materials play a major role in new underground stormwater detention system. By Terence G. Sheridan Stormwater management is an ever-increasing expense on site development projects. Stormwater detention ponds are designed to protect against downstream flooding and environmental degradation. The standard of practice is to ensure that post-development flow from a site does not exceed …

The greening of the Postal Service

May 1, 2010

New York’s Morgan Station is one of the nation’s largest green roofs By Frank Edgerton Martin It’s hard to get public agencies to fund poetics,” observes New York landscape architect, Elizabeth Kennedy, ASLA of the new green roof atop the Morgan Station Mail Processing Facility. Yet, at 1 hectare and seven stories off the ground, …

Cool structure designed for hot climates

March 19, 2010

A traveling fabric-clad exhibition structure has been designed by the European design firm Architecture and Vision, to take advantage of natural cooling strategies and low-embodied energy materials such as fabric. “Mobile Village” represents a system of traveling exhibition pavilions that features eco-sustainable functions and technologies, such as fabric mesh sun protection, flexible and integrated solar …

Anish Kapoor sculpture blends fabric and steel in New Zealand

January 1, 2010

International sculptor Anish Kapoor stretches fabric and steel to manipulate views of the New Zealand seascape “I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relationship with both space and time.” –Anish Kapoor, Tate Magazine, July 2007 The Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor is probably best known in the United States for his …