Fabric lights up the market

January 1, 2008

New technologies bring light—and the message—to fabric. By Lou Dzierzak Businesses operate on a 24-hour clock today. Capturing the attention of customers once the sun goes down requires ingenuity, creativity and staying abreast of new technologies. Since commerce after dark is too big of a market to ignore, new cutting edge technologies are offering new …

Sustainable prefab debuts at West Coast Green

By Shelby Gonzalez The modular, prefabricated, zero-energy mkLotus Showhouse debuted to rave reviews at the recent West Coast Green Residential Building Conference & Expo 2007. West Coast Green, the largest green residential building conference in the country, took place in San Francisco from September 20–22. It featured over 270 vendors and 250 presentations, including several …

Fabric Structures discussed at symposium

By Bruce N. Wright This past year’s Fabric Structures symposium—held the day before IFAI Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 2, 2007—focused on a single theme that had everyone abuzz: the future and importance of sustainable practices in business. The day-long session opened with a rousing call to action by noted architect and expert on sustainable …

Exhibition and symposium brings professionals together

As part of the international gathering celebrating Turin World Design Capital 2008, Architex brings professionals together from the textile industries with architects and designers. Tied also with the XXIII World Congress of Architecture, this exhibition and symposium will examine the latest developments for textiles, including phase change materials, reflecting and luminescent fabrics, color, and architectural …

Conference explores developments in flexible fabric formworks

The first international conference exploring recent developments in flexible fabric formworks for concrete structures, called “Fabric Formwork for Architectural Structures,” will focus on new architectural forms, hear invited speakers from numerous countries and hold workshop demonstrations from May 16-18 in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information, visit www.umanitoba.ca/architecture/ffc.

Exhibit explores use of sensitive textile skins on buildings

A recent design probe from Philips called Off the grid: Sustainable Habitat 2020 is exploring the possibility of using sensitive textile skins on buildings to create energy independent structures. The probe explores the integration of electronics and bio chemical functionalities into the inert material of the built environment. This future habitat shifts from the current …

New rating system for sustainable landscape design

ASLA, the University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden have announced the development of a new rating system for sustainable landscape design called the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The new rating system was created to encourage sustainable landscape design. The Sites Initiative will measure the sustainability of …

Hightex gets high sign

The polymer membrane tensile structure producer Hightex Group PLC has won a 7 million euro contract to provide a membrane roof that will be part of the upgrading of the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg for the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup. For more information, visit www.hightexworld.com.

Fabric structure to be largest of its type in the world

American Spaceframe Fabricators International has been contracted to build a fabric structure in Puerto Rico that, when complete, will be the largest of its type in the world. The company is moving its operations to Ocala, Florida. For more information, visit www.asfi.net.

ASLA releases green roof report

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released the first performance report since the society’s green roof was installed in July 2006. ASLA’s green roof retained 27,500 gallons of storm water between July 2006 and May 2007, reduced building energy costs by hundreds of dollars a month and significantly lowered outdoor air temperature according …