Fabric creates a forest canopy

July 1, 2017

Imagine walking through a dense forest canopy made entirely of fabric. That was the vision of French designer Élise Fouin, who was tasked with showcasing the Sunbrella® Indoor-Outdoor 2015-2017 Fabric Collection in a new and unique way. Fouin created a mosaic of colors in shades ranging from earth red to various hues of green and …

Italian library and café features colorful shade

The Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, a plaza central to the city’s history, is a popular tourist attraction and gathering spot. A short walk away, located amidst a series of courtyards, is the Brac Bookstore + Café, a fresh, modern respite from the hubbub of the square. Recently, the 807-square-foot space was renovated to …

Dramatic stadium opens in Saskatchewan

An exciting new stadium is rising on the Canadian prairie. Part of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, the new Mosaic Stadium will be home to the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the multipurpose facility seats 33,000 and can expand to 40,000 in order to hold large events like …

Educate the Professor seminar set on using fabrics as building materials

June 30, 2017

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting an introductory two-day Educate the Professor seminar on the fundamentals of using fabric and films as building materials. Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. …

New Soltis line available

June 1, 2017

Serge Ferrari’s new Soltis line of shade fabrics, available with openness factors of 14 percent, 8 percent, 4 percent and opaque, can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, for screens, awnings, retractables and pergolas. Offering dimensional stability, the fabrics will not stretch or curl, and the edges will not fray. Thin and lightweight, …

Flame retardant usage increases

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

Tempotest releases new screen fabric

Tempotest USA has introduced Tempotest StarScreen®, a new screen fabric that provides shade and privacy and absorbs up to 97 percent of the heat caused by solar radiation while allowing for the passage of light. The eleven designer colors are available, and the fabric can be used indoors or outdoors. Made from recyclable PET solution …

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 …