IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

September 29th, 2010

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is one of five organizations selected in 2010 to receive more than $1.7 million for projects that increase U.S. exports, create jobs and strengthen the U.S. global competitive edge. The awards are given under the Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program […]

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Tension shade workshop in Orlando Oct. 26, prior to IFAI Expo Americas 2010

September 21st, 2010

Tim Collins, a 20-year veteran fabricator from Queensland, Australia, and other shade structure professionals will be demonstrating the design and fabrication of several shade sails—as these shades get installed on the second floor pavilion of the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A., the same building that will house IFAI […]

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Fabric education for architects and designers

September 14th, 2010

With the current emphasis on sustainable building design, architects, designers, builders and other industry professionals are exploring multiple means to achieve sustainable design, such as natural ventilation and daylighting, energy efficient HVAC systems, green roofs and landscaping and the use of awnings and canopies. The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial […]

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Items needed for 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction

September 7th, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is requesting donations for the 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction, which will take place at the IFAI Expo Americas Welcome Reception on Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. Previously donated items include custom quilts, vacation packages, jewelry, luggage and more. Funds raised through the auction […]

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5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament to take place in Orlando

September 2nd, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will hold the 5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in Orlando, Fla., during IFAI Expo Americas. The tournament will take place at Disney’s famed Magnolia Golf Course, a Golf Digest 4-star course featuring tree-lined fairways, strategic bunkering and rolling greens. Box lunches will be served at […]

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World’s tallest tensile structure

September 1st, 2010

A new cable-net tensile structure claiming the title of world’s tallest tensile structure opened recently in Astana, Kazakhstan. Soaring 150m from an elliptical base, the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, designed by Foster + Partners, is a three-layer ETFE-clad shelter that encloses an urban-scaled park, various entertainment and leisure facilities, and restaurants, cinemas and shops. As […]

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Solar tent promotes green energy education

September 1st, 2010

FTL Solar LLC, New York, N.Y., and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) teamed up this spring to promote green energy education to school kids. More than 100 students participated in NWF’s Eco-Schools USA contest by making “green wishes” for their school. Boston Latin School (BLS), the oldest school in the United States, won the competition’s […]

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Fabric structure sets the stage at Essence Music Festival

September 1st, 2010

The Essence Music Festival, a three-day concert and cultural event held every year in New Orleans, is the largest African-American music and empowerment event in the U.S. Recently, RE:BE Design created a massive, single-unit stage setting to host the Festival integrating large projection screens with scenic elements in a spandex fabric cladding over a truss […]

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Air domes: last of a dying breed?

September 1st, 2010

Minneapolis’ Metrodome fabric roof may be the last of a dying breed. By Mason Riddle Are air-supported dome stadia dead? Has the characteristic “marshmallow-in-bondage” design had its day for multipurpose stadia? Many within the building industry, as well as professional sports teams and their fans, answer a decided “yes.” However, a few, such as David […]

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Millennium Dome – What’s up with that?

September 1st, 2010

London rang in the new century under the Millennium Dome’s fabric roof. Ten years later, how is the roof holding up? By Tanya Ross Editor’s note: The iconic Millennium Dome—designed and built in time for the United Kingdom to celebrate the turn of the millennium at New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1999—has thrived as a […]

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