Detroit development proposal aims to refocus public space

March 1, 2017

New York-based SHoP Architects have proposed a 52-story tower for a long-vacant lot in the heart of Detroit that would redevelop the site of the former J. L. Hudson’s Department Store. Located on Woodward Avene, the city’s main traffic spine, the project would feature a large multi-level retail interior and public gathering space on the …

Membrane roof to protect Roman amphitheater

A fan-like shade canopy is proposed to cover the almost 2,000-year-old Roman-era arena in the Italian city of Verona. Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in collaboration with German tensile experts schlaich bergermann have won the project to protect the stone amphitheater by placing a compression ring at the top of the elliptically-shaped arena. …

Knitted structure wins 2017 MoMA young architects award

Jenny Sabin Studio, Ithaca, N.Y., has been named the winner of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 competition for a temporary urban landscape titled Lumen. New York architect Jenny Sabin brings solar-active textiles into her complex, lyrical design for the annual Young Architects Program—the “Academy Awards” for young practitioners—set for a June exhibition on …

1980s high-tech center receives Grade II* listing

The landmark Schlumberger Gould Research Center in Cambridge, England, has been listed by the British Heritage Minister as Grade II*, the second highest ranking offered by Historic England. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, “The Schlumberger Gould Research Centre is an extremely important piece of high-tech architecture by one of the leading British architects of recent …

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 …

Power-generating textiles might augment buildings

February 1, 2017

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 …

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 …

Student project with air-inflated fabric beams wins IFAI award

December 19, 2016

A University of Massachusetts Lowell student engineering team won a 2016 IFAI International Achievement Award for students and placed 2nd Overall Winners at the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition, a national engineering student challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).* The UMass Lowell student engineering team— in collaboration with the U.S. Army, Natick Soldier …