Textiles provide hurricane protection

January 1, 2008

Textiles are applied to revolutionize the capacity of hurricane protection systems. By Sonja Hegman The hurricane barrier/protection industry started about 50 years ago. Initially, only wood planks were used to board up windows, and the more well-to-do homeowner used wood shutters with iron clasps to keep out the elements. “Now, wood shutters are commonly used …

Seeing green up top

By Bruce Dvorak and Marcus de la fleur Green roof technology has come a long way from sod houses and grassed, meadow-like roofs grazed by goats or sheep. It is rapidly moving forward with all expectations of transforming the way urban ecology is legislated, designed, and maintained across the country. Architects and engineers are running …

Monument acts as engaging piece of public art

LEAD Inc. | Husnes, Kvinnherad, Norway This 10m-tall installation, which won an Award of Excellence in the tensile structures under 930m2 (10,000 sq. ft.) category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, called “Tempo,” a roundpoint landmark in Husnes, Norway, is a monument marking the history of an aluminum manufacturing plant, as well as an engaging …

Membranes convey various feelings to performance venue visitors

Commercial Industrial Delta S.A. | Lima, Peru This is a scene for culture and art, situated in Alameda del Rio Park, neighboring the Government Palace. Proposed by Lima’s Town Council, it is part of the “Amusement and Culture Area,” along the Rimac River in Lima, Peru. The scene’s base is a circular platform, over which …

Membrane structure glorifies scenic spot

Beijing N & L Fabric Technology | Beijing, PRC A small-scale membrane structure in the city plaza, the purpose of this project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the tensile structures under 930m2 (10,000 sq. ft.) category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, is to glorify this scenic spot and to meet the needs …