Fabric structures shield members from errant golf balls

July 1, 2008

A prestigious country club in Oregon calls for fabric structures to protect members and their expensive cars from errant golf balls. By Kent Hubbell In April 2005, I received a call from Howard McKee, architect for Bandon Dunes Resort, saying he had a problem that he thought I might be interested in solving. Mike Keiser, …

Techno Textiles: Inner Space to Outer Space

An exhibition that touches on many aspects of life, both terrestrial and extraterrestrial. By Mason Riddle The Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota Through July 27, 2008 So, what does the Muellner Green Roof System have to do with a puffy white bed pillow? Or a bright yellow pendant lamp with a red, cardio …

Exploring sustainability

A new series examining a key issue confronting all designers. By Martike de Grip Walking the streets these days without hearing or reading about sustainability-related issues seems something of the past. Companies use perceived sustainability topics in their marketing strategies and the color green is rapidly gaining in popularity. Nonetheless, directly asking people what the …

Joint conference to examine sustainable architectural and structural design

A joint conference, titled “New Materials and Technologies, New Designs and Innovations,” will be held by the International Association of Shell & Spatial Structures (IASS) and Simposio Latinoamericano de Tenso-Estructuras (SLTE), will examine a sustainable approach to architectural and structural design. Sessions topics include architecture, theory & history, conceptual design, new design processes, new materials, …

New book covers tensile structures

Uruguayan architect Roberto Santomauro has a new book out on tensile structures designed by his firm Sobresaliente Tensoestructuras. Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, the architect has designed many dynamic and expressive fabric structures in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. The book is directed at students, architects, engineers and contractors who are interested in learning more about this …

Museum design to incorporate sustainable strategies

Polshek Partnership Architects and Gillies Stransky Brems Smith Architects recently unveiled their design for the new Utah Museum of Natural History to be built on the edge of the University of Utah campus overlooking the Great Salt Lake. Registered as a LEED Gold project, the museum design will incorporate sustainable strategies that include minimal disruption …

Desert museum complex gets certified Platinum LEED

A desert museum complex—the Water + Life Museums comprising the Center for Water Education and the Western Center for Archeology and Paleontology—has been certified Platinum LEED by the US Green Building Council. Designed by Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build, the museums are topped by a 540-watt, 3,000 panel photovoltaic system. Other green elements include …

BC Place plans retractable roof

Owners of BC Place stadium have confirmed that they are planning major upgrades to the facility, including a new retractable roof (see FA “Samples,” May/June, pg. 6.) However, the new roof won’t be completed in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics that will be held in Vancouver, although opening and closing ceremonies will be held …

2012 Stadium may be greenest yet

The London 2012 Olympic stadium, designed by HOK Sport and Peter Cook, could be wrapped in a material made from the cannabis family of plants. Recent images released by the design team show that the temporary wrapping around the stadium will feature giant slits to allow the public to walk through the façade rather than …

New Whitney outpost to feature fabric on top

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, has proposed a satellite museum to its main facility to be built using multiple sustainable design techniques. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the new museum features several terraces that step back from the main street. According to news reports, Piano plans to use a “web-like …