Going global with digital fabrication

May 1, 2013

Advanced technology opens door to new design possibilities. By Frank Edgerton Martin With digital fabrication, the fabric industry has a powerful tool to combine international expertise with on-the-ground knowledge of local building conditions and client needs. Thanks to computer-aided design software and the Internet, clients, designers, fabricators and manufacturers can work together across time zones …

Walking atop the O2 Dome

January 1, 2013

Visitors to London during the 2012 Summer Olympics had a unique perspective atop the Dome. Now that the dust has settled on the London Olympics, the story can be told about how ordinary people were able to walk up the fabric roof of the O2 Dome (formerly Millennium Dome), and survive the winds and weather …

Driving the future of fabric structures

November 1, 2012

Today’s advanced technologies will drive the future of fabric structures. By Blaine Brownell Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future. Predictions …

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 …

The skins game: economy of scale in fabric structures

May 1, 2012

The low and high cost of insulating fabric structures. By Samuel J. Armijos It has been 45 years since the German Pavilion was erected for Expo ’67 world’s fair in Montreal, Q.C., Canada. The structural system of this early fabric structure was a steel cable net that supported a pre-stressed textile membrane. The 7,200m2 structure …

Raise high the (textile) roof beams

April 16, 2012

The 17th annual international workshop on architectural membrane structures will introduce new materials and techniques in Berlin Textile Roofs 2012 May 14–16 Berlin, Germany University of Technology Berlin Textile Roofs 2012 workshop provides fundamental information, state-of-the-art textile roof engineering and practical, hands-on sessions. Lectures—presented in English—are given by leaders in the membrane structure industry. During …

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 …

The cost of building fabric structures (part 2)

January 1, 2011

Experienced professionals comment on cost estimating awnings and canopies By Mason Riddle Editor’s note: Part 1 of this two-part series on cost estimating appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue. It used to be that an awning was an awning was an awning,” states Richard Forward, owner of Out West Awning Co., Colorado Springs, Colo. “But …

New graphics for architecture

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 …