Sculptural installation reflects theme of time and change

May 1, 2008

Jens J. Meyer, Visual Artist | Essen, Germany Hovering archives was a temporary art project in Hafen, in the harbor of Hamburg, Germany. The idea was to make the change of a fast-growing new neighborhood visible while connecting it to the history of the site. In daytime, the hourglass shape of the sculptural installation relates …

Shopping center canopies provide escape from the heat

FabriTec Structures | Costa Mesa, Calif., United States Westgate Shopping Center is a 603,870m2, multi-purpose facility with shops, restaurants, offices, theaters and residential units, located in Glendale, Ariz. This facility is within walking distance of the newly constructed Arizona Cardinals stadium. The shading canopies, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category …

Fabric roof membrane shape promotes good acoustics for bandshell

FTL Design Engineering Studio | New York, N.Y., United States This temporary bandshell is used for free performances in the neighborhood town square. A series of custom aluminum trusses support a fabric roof membrane, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, and can be installed …

Shade structures add sculptural feel to resort lagoon pools

Taiyo Membrane Corp. | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia This beachfront resort on Fiji’s Denarau Island wanted to provide its pool and spa area with comfortable shaded areas. The integrated island resort houses a central lagoon-style pool with private beaches for its patrons. These structures, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of …

Ribbon guides visitors through aviation exhibition

Architen Landrell Associates Ltd. | Monmouthshire, United Kingdom Once a fighter station, Duxford Airspace is now home to a large collection of war-time exhibits. The “Flight Path” is an undulating, twisting three-dimensional ribbon, which won an Award of Excellence in the interior banners category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, that passes down the length …

Wind dam designed to deploy fabric sail

A fabric sail-fan combination aims to take advantage of a unique geological setting for sustainable purposes. By Helen Elias When it comes to the latest thinking in new ways to provide renewable power, it all comes down to the fabric specified —in this case, a large wind dam designed to deploy a 75m fabric sail. …

1950s tensile structure may grace London Festival of Architecture

This June, the London Festival of Architecture may be graced by a vestige of the past in the form of a tensile structure from the 1950s. The original “Skylon,” designed by Philip Powell, Hidalgo Moya and structural engineer Felix Samuely and based on the structural concept of tensegrity, was erected in 1951 on the edge …

Recycling is new priority for vinyl roofing industry

Following its European counterpart, the Vinyl Roofing Division of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, has launched a new phase in its commitment to environmental sustainability through recycling. The North American vinyl roofing manufacturers are developing the infrastructure to establish a viable program. The European Single Ply Waterproofing Assoc. (ESWA) program, Roofcollect, coordinates the recovery …

Fiber and nature inspire public artist

By Mason Riddle Trained as an architect, Randy Walker has a keen appetite for creating architecturally inspired public art projects from woven materials. Some originate with pre-existing structures like the 1962, 7.6m high playground Spaceship in Minneapolis’ Brackett Park. About to get the heave-ho because after 45 years, people decided it too dangerous, Walker came …