Project proposes air-filled fabric balloons as economical source of shade

May 1st, 2009

New York architects runner-up for MoMA’s seasonal P.S. 1 installation. Taking their inspiration from the clouds, the young architects at Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture, Brooklyn, N.Y., propose creating the lightest and most economical source of shade for the annual Museum of Modern Art’s P.S.1 Young Architects Program: an air-filled fabric balloon. Actually, several giant balloon-like […]

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Exhibit pays homage to Gaudí

May 1st, 2009

Tension fabric exhibit specialists Transformit designed and constructed part of a traveling exhibition, “The Realism of Gaud“ and the Hope of Europe.” The commission came from Magrada Proyectos, Barcelona. The good working relationship on the project between the two companies led to the recent announcement that Magrada Proyectos is Transformit’s distributor in Spain and Portugal. […]

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Dubai cricket stadium features self-cleaning membrane

May 1st, 2009

Dubai Sports City, the world’s first purpose-built sports city, now contains a 25,000-seat cricket stadium constructed of steel frames and a fiberglass-woven PTFE membrane with a self-cleaning topcoat of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., installed the 600-tonne steel truss system and 20,000m2 of membrane, completing the S3 Cricket Stadium at the end of […]

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Hotel features metal mesh façade

May 1st, 2009

Mexican architect Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos recently announced five new commercial and residential buildings in New York City, including Habita Chelsea Hotel on West 27th Street. The hotel features a metal mesh façade and exterior glass elevator that rises up through a slender glass column. The hotel’s ground level contains both a brasserie and […]

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Architects have their day in the Stuttgart

May 1st, 2009

The international trade fair for roller shutters, gates and sun shading draws wide interest. By Gerd Schmid Editor’s note: Every three years in Stuttgart, Germany, the convention center holds the largest European trade fair for the building trades of rolling shutters, gates and sun shading systems. The show, called the R+T (Rolladen + Toren) was […]

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Vertical green

May 1st, 2009

By Clare Miflin The global population is increasing rapidly, and by 2010 more than 50%, some 3.3 billion people, will live in urban areas. While cities offer opportunities for living with a low ecological footprint, they suffer from pollution, noise and remoteness from nature. Integrating vegetation into the urban fabric improves these quality of life […]

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Inflatable structure showcases international rugby

May 1st, 2009

Fabric Shelter System | Whangarei, NTLD, New Zealand The project, which won an Award of Excellence in the air structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, entailed the design and build of an inflatable structure in the shape of a rugby ball. Inside was a large mezzanine floor, stage, bar, toilets, storage, control room […]

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Inflatable structure serves as portable venue for football tournament

May 1st, 2009

Tectoniks Ltd. | Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the air structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, involved the design and construction of an inflatable structure to serve as a portable venue for the promotion of the Euro 2008 football tournament in Austria and Switzerland. The […]

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National Stadium for 2008 Olympics features ETFE roof and PTFE ceiling

May 1st, 2009

Beijing N&L Fabric Technology Co. Ltd. | Beijing, China Covertex GmbH | United Kingdom The Beijing National Stadium, which won an Award of Excellence in the architectural structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, was the center of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The roof is ETFE and the acoustic ceiling is PTFE. The […]

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Structure masts support large PTFE sails

May 1st, 2009

Span Systems Inc. | Manchester, N.H., United States The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, consists of two large porte cocheres, one at each major entrance to the new facility, the Twin River Entertainment Complex, Lincoln, R.I. Both structures have three large masts […]

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