Casebook: Going green

September 1, 2007

An occasional reference section on landscape design using technical textiles and geosynthetics for aesthetic ends. The long-term success of a geosynthetics installation depends not simply upon the presence of geosynthetics but on how well they work in conjunction with natural elements, particularly vegetation. Plants and trees possess their own unique performance and aesthetic characteristics. We …

Digitally printed fabric creates illusion of concrete façade

The fabric was used when the Abteiberg Museum moved temporarily into a vacant theater. By Jake Kulju On September 18, 2006, in Mönchengladbach, Germany, the Abteiberg Museum shut down for renovations that are scheduled to continue until November, 2007. In order to keep the museum’s services available to the public, the town offered a vacant …

Designers awarded for work on Arizona Cardinals Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., has recently picked up two awards for its designers. The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) awarded Pentagram Design, New York, N.Y., an Honor Award for its signage graphics (which includes fabric awnings and banners), and Walter P. Moore won the 2007 Engineering Excellence Award from the American …

Tents house interior work areas at Google offices

Google’s new offices in Santa Ana, Calif., feature interior work areas topped by white fabric tents that efficiently direct air flow from vents above. Conference room walls are covered with the soft textured white fabric, specially treated to be flame-retardant and filled with custom soundproofing material that works better than standard products. Working with Clive …

Universal Fabric Structures wins prize for Australia project

The Sydney Wildlife World, a showcase of Australian flora and fauna, recently earned Universal Fabric Structures first prize for innovation from the Australian Association of Canvas Manufacturers. Universal Fabric Structures’ design combines lightweight steel CHS-curved clearspan arches with a cable bracing system that incorporates a fine transparent mesh. Inspired by the skeletal frame of a …

Temporary fabric structure decorates gallery lawn

In early July, the lawn next to the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Covent Garden neighborhood featured a temporary fabric structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, partner in her namesake firm. More than 5m tall, the structure consisted of three identical fabric structures, or “parasols,” arrayed around a central point. Each …

SLVDesign wins design award for buildings lined with felt

SLVDesign has been honored with best of category in Environments in I.D. magazine’s 2007 Annual Design Review for its Drape Wall concept (FA, May/June 2006). The design is a system of multifunctional modular building units lined with industrial felt. “It’s so much more intelligent than what’s out there now,” said one of the jurors.

Architect to publish book on tension structure technology

Architect Roberto Santomauro of Montevideo is publishing a introductory book on tension structure technology. Not intended as an in-depth study, Tensoestructuras is directed at students, architects, engineers, designers and builders who are curious about the technology’s possibilities.

Competition entrant receives high marks for Chicago 2107 design

One competing futurist sets the Windy City a-sail. By Paula Feigum If Frank Lloyd Wright had been asked to envision his Chicago 100 years later, what might he have described? Even as an adept futurist, could he have predicted the hastening effects of climate change—even amid the heady triumphs of the Industrial Revolution—then redesigned an …

Tensile fabric reigns in recent interior projects

Some of the most interesting interior fabric structures are found behind (private) doors. By Ed Matson Over the past 10 years, interior tensile fabric structures have advanced greatly from the arrangements of stretched cotton stapled to wooden batons that were typical for the time. Now, with a wide range of both synthetic and natural fabrics, …