PAMA launches new website for landscape architects

September 1, 2009

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has launched a new website to provide resources for landscape professionals seeking to soften hardscape designs. The website focuses on background information about the sustainable advantages of using awnings and shade canopies to provide cooler, energy-saving landscapes and gardens for clients. For more information, visit www.DesignWithAwnings.com.

P.S.1 installation features several wind chimneys

Afterparty, the installation by MOS architects at the Brooklyn gallery P.S.1 opened in June to much acclaim. The installation is part of the annual Young Architect’s Program run collaboratively with the Museum of Modern Art to explore new design directions. MOS’s design featured several wind chimneys made from aluminum fabric stretched across a structural armature, …

IASS: Evolution and trends in design

The International Assoc. for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) will hold its annual symposium at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, with the aim of gathering a wide group of engineers, architects, researchers and educators to share recent work, experience and insights to understanding the fast-evolving field of shell and spatial structure design. Topics …

Dutch firm designs scrim stage for culture points

Delft-based design firm, cepezed, has proposed creating a temporary 5,000-seat theater for the forecourt lawn of The Hague in The Netherlands for that city’s bid to be the European Capital of Culture 2018. Other cities in the running include Utrecht, Maastricht and Almere. According to the designers, their arena is designed as a contemporary version …

“Bird’s Nest” wins RIBA Lubetkin award

Beijing’s National Stadium, designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron for the 2008 Olympics and often called the “Bird’s Nest” for its unusual shape, was awarded the prestigious Lubetkin Prize for most outstanding architecture built outside the European Union and designed by an RIBA member. The stadium was designed with the cooperation from …

Rosa Parks Transit Center opens in Detroit

Detroit has something to feel good about as the new Rosa Parks Transit Center recently opened to rave reviews. By Bruce N. Wright In a city that was known as the automobile transportation center of the world for much of the twentieth century, the notion of a bus terminal as the key to the future …

A sustainable bridge to the future

Blaine Brownell’s proposal advocates sustainable interdependent skyscrapers. By Mason Riddle In 2008 United Nations announced that for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. It has also been predicted by the Brookings Institution that in the next generation, the existing volume of building will double, largely in …

Canopies provide shade for apartment complex roof

Retrofitted shade structures screen rooftop views of autos at this Hawaiian luxury condominium tower—the shade itself is extra. Keola La’i condominiums has the quiet good fortune of fullfilling the prime directive of real estate: location, location, location. Occupying an entire block in the Waikiki district of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 43-story apartment complex is tucked away …

Tension tent pavilions produce energy

FTL Solar, the leading manufacturer of lightweight, flexible power generating fabrics and structures integrated with thin film solar cells, recently unveiled the PromoMod, a line of 6.1m by 6.1m free-standing tension tent pavilions developed for the advertising, marketing and product placement industries. PromoMod produces sufficient energy to power an array of devices, including computers, communications …