A Knoxville, Tenn., transit complex creates a focused center—complete with shade.
A recent conference on high rise structures revealed a creative shade solution.
In the arid climate of Arizona, a university battles the heat with fabric shades and a phalanx of sustainable design solutions.
AIA announces the 2012 Top 10 Green Projects.
The Solar Sail brings art and science together to promote clean energy for electric cars.
Arizona zoo embraces the landscape; fabric shade structure key to reinvigorated success.
Shade system improves micro climate of streetscape on Grand Cayman Island.
This interactive shading system utilizes a bi-metal element in combination with shade fabric.
Students and teacher explore the possibilities of CNC-driven fabrication
A Miami upscale condominium carries classy details through to its car park
Detroit has something to feel good about as the new Rosa Parks Transit Center recently opened to rave reviews.
A new park and ride near Austin, Texas, offers commuters a cool respite from the heat.
The new Sante Fe Opera cantina observes sustainable conventions and leaves the patrons fed and dry.
New York architects runner-up for MoMA’s seasonal P.S. 1 installation.
The addition of exterior fabric shades completes the headquarters for a Midwestern agribusiness.
What does it take to be environmentally friendly in the world of fabric architecture? The answer is complex but not out of reach. Five areas, at a minimum, must be addressed: renewability, recycled content and recyclability, pollution, energy usage and durability.
-Renewability: A fabric’s content can be replaced biologically within an understood time frame. Fibers are made from plant-based resins rather than petrochemicals. Check with the supplier.
- Recycled content and recyclability: Fabrics are good that are produced from recycled polyester, polyethylene, cotton, wool, etc. At issue: Is more energy required to recycle than to produce non-recylable fabric?
- Pollution: Fabric dyes can be toxic. At issue: the heavy metal antimony is often used in fabric dyes. Check to see if there are alternatives with your supplier.
- Energy use: Like most everything, fabric production uses energy.
- Durability: Durability IS green. If a product seldom needs replacement, energy to produce it is minimized and the earth wins out with reduced landfills, among other outcomes. Place of origin is also important. Europe has strict green manufacturing laws. Check with the supplier and ask where the fabric is manufactured.