BMW’s GINA features fabric skin

January 1st, 2009

A car built by asking the question “How can a car be made?” By Jeremy Clark How would a car be made if you could separate the process from what you previously knew about how to make cars? That is the approach BMW Design Group took in the development of the GINA Light Visionary Model, […]

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Strip malls turned on end

January 1st, 2009

Winners of a competition to redesign strip malls were announced by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona. Launched by the museum in late 2007 to inspire the redesign of aging malls, the “Flip a Strip” competition invited 10 national firms to participate and received 15 open call design firm submissions, including this proposal […]

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Professional Awning Manufacturers Association publishes new reference guide

January 1st, 2009

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has published a new reference guide called the Fabric Awning & Canopy Building Code Reference. Packed with useful information, the guide includes sections on awning and canopy references in the International Building Code and International Residential Code, a summary of codes at state level, engineering references, flammability requirements and briefs […]

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Artists and architects create unique works for GLOW

January 1st, 2009

For 10 days in November 2008, downtown Eindhoven, The Netherlands, became an open-air museum to several dozen art and design installations of light in the third edition of GLOW, an international light event. By invitation, artists and architects created unique works for specific sites in downtown Eindhoven that were experienced by more than 65,000 visitors. […]

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RIP for RCA Dome

January 1st, 2009

The air supported fabric roof of the RCA Dome (originally called the Hoosier Dome) was deflated and removed in late September 2008 to allow the arena to be demolished. Having served the citizens of Indianapolis, Indiana since 1984 when it opened, the RCA Dome was razed to make room for expansion of the Indiana Convention […]

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Exhibition: Fashioning felt

January 1st, 2009

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present a comprehensive overview of the varied uses of felt in contemporary design. The exhibition, which will take place March 6 - Sept. 7, 2009, features more than 70 felt works from a range of fields including fashion, architecture, product design and home furnishings. For more information, visit […]

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Conference: Textile Roofs 2009

January 1st, 2009

The 14th international workshop on the design and practical realization of architectural membrane structures, to be held in Berlin at the Technical University of Berlin from June 11 - 13, 2009. For more information, visit www.textile-roofs.de.

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Eco-conscious home offers smart green features

January 1st, 2009

Prefab green ‘smart home’ lets the sunshine in. By Shelby Gonzalez Most people would be hard-pressed to guess the inspiration behind the mkSolaire™, the sleek, eco-conscious home that was the center of attention at “Smart Home: Green + Wired,” a new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry that ran through January 4, 2009. […]

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Public art project explores city’s history

January 1st, 2009

Fabric and graphics in a downtown carries the message of universality. By Mason Riddle Speaking of Home is one of those public art projects that should hang around, maybe forever, so deft is it at engaging passersby and infusing a bit of spirit into its rather static surroundings. Alas, the temporary, site-specific installation by Minneapolis […]

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Fabric provides defining element for airport bar

January 1st, 2009

A compact bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport lights up the traveler’s time and space. By Todd Willmert When John Denver wrote the 1960s hit song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” the lyrics were actually penned during an airport layover, and today, more than ever, air travel is weighed down by long delays and […]

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