Education program for architects

May 1, 2014

The Fabric Structures Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is offering a presentation that its members can offer to architects in their area for Continuing Education System (CES) credits. The presentation, titled Fabric Structures: Where to begin, is accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To view the learning objectives and …

Hearing fabric

May 24, 2012

The why and wherefore of designing for sound with textiles By Todd Wilmert All building materials are acoustical; all affect how sound is reflected, absorbed or transmitted. Through materials, sound can be sustained through reflection or made to dissipate through absorption. Transmission touches on the how much sound is permitted to pass through the material …

Continuing education: Acoustics with fabric

May 16, 2012

Learn how technical fabrics can aid acoustic control. Discusses reflection, absorption coefficients; design solutions and case studies. Online testing. More details in the near future. In the meantime, check out other continuing education stories. Fabric Architecture magazine provides the opportunity for CE credits by partnering with the Fabric Structures Association of IFAI, an official provider …

ETFE systems

September 1, 2011

ETFE moves mainstream By Edward M Peck, AIA, LEED AP What is ETFE? ETFE was pioneered by DuPont more than 40 years prior to its architectural debut in Europe in the early 1980s. DuPont developed the fluorocarbon-based polymer to have high corrosion and chemical resistance, structural strength with low propagation of tear and integrity over …

New graphics for architecture

January 1, 2011

New fabrics and printing technologies open up design possibilities. Compiled by Fabric Architecture magazine Architectural graphics today means more than simply selecting a typeface for a building’s address, room numbers or corporate site address sign. With durable, wide-format fabrics designed for large-format digital printers available, architects have a multitude of options to choose from, including …

Utilization of fabric structures in arid environments

November 1, 2010

Learn strategies for designing for climates where scarce water, large temperature swings and delicate ecosystems require careful intervention. By R. Larry Medlin Arid climates like Las Vegas and much of the Southwestern United States, Mexico and many other areas of the world are very severe. They are characterized by a scarcity of water, high evaporation …

Going to the limits: structural basics

September 1, 2010

To achieve the freedom of form that a fabric roof promises, strict rules must be obeyed if pitfalls and problems are to be avoided. By Craig Huntington No type of structure—whether it uses steel, wood, concrete, masonry or some more exotic material—conveys such an image of freedom of form as the fabric tension structure. This …

Low-Impact Design: Stormwater management applications for geotextiles

July 1, 2010

By Adam Regn Arvidson The management of runoff from rain storms is regulated by state and federal governments. This is why nearly all major residential, retail or office developments have large ponds near their edges. These so-called “NURP ponds” are named for the Nationwide Urban Runoff Program (NURP), a study conducted by the U.S. Environmental …

Code considerations in fabric structure design

May 1, 2010

By James A. Strapko Elegance, airiness and sculptural possibilities may motivate an architect to incorporate a fabric structure in a building design. Implications of this choice are not limited to building form. Design of a fabric structure as part of a large-scale commercial project may require an architect to collaborate with a manufacturer to properly …

Tension structure connection details

January 1, 2010

God is in the details when it comes to tension structure design Ludwig Mies van der Rohe got it right when he said “God is in the details.” Another well-worn phrase has it that we must sweat the details and the big things will take care of themselves, so with this article we look at …