Selected from more than 140 entries, the winning designs approach shade from humanitarian, leisure and commercial construction angles.
Development of a turnkey solution to facilitate the automation of awning design and cutting for awning shops large and small.
A coast-to-coast effort to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.
“Powered by Avolve” cloud-based technology platform for digital plan review services.
TensileDraw is a new 3-D membrane modeling tool provided by Mehler Texnologies.
Formfinder is a lean and to-the-point program tailored for use by architects, designers and students.
Book on kinetic architecture explores intersection between people, architecture and technology.
Media-ICT offers great details on the Media-TIC building and its smart ETFE façade.
Writing the history of a new trend in landscape design with one of the pioneers.
High-tech inflatable structure covers San Francisco city street.
The graffiti-laden wall of a train station in Marseilles, France, may be the next frontier in both fabric architecture and homelessness.
Students design five-module, double-curved tensegrity structure using new thinking and technologies at Pratt Institute.
Whether your designs include awnings, canopies or fabric structures, you’ve no doubt noticed that the building code environment has become more complex in recent years. Pulling a permit can be a bureaucratic nightmare, but the hard fact is, either you’re dealing with building code issues now, or you will be in the near future. There are no easy answers when it comes to building codes and fabric architecture, but here are some strategies that might make it easier:
- The IBC is the most relevant code in the United States to fabric structures and commercial awnings and canopies. But familiarizing yourself with the state and local code specifics is equally important.
- When installing, make sure that no corners are cut and that all subs are following code. In the long run it will be worth it.
- Know the product: It’s essential to know the structural capabilities of the fabrics and elements involved in your design. Have all materials tested by an engineer familiar with fabric work.
- Keep code officials close: Have a person in your office whose focus is to know the area codes, the officials and their requirements vis-à-vis fabric use.
- NFPA 701 is one of the most commonly cited U.S. flammability standards in the specialty fabrics industry.
- CSFM is revising its textile flammability requirements. Contact them directly to determine what is current.