IFAI announces 2010 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the winners of the 2010 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The award ceremony took place at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., where the annual trade event ran from Oct. 27-29. For more than six …

Eventscape wins 2010 IAA Award of Excellence

November 7, 2010

Eventscape won an Award of Excellence in the commercial interiors category of the 2010 International Achievement Awards for this project involving the renovation of an existing retail store in Regina, SK, Canada. The store specializes in the sales and marketing of wireless devices, cable television and home security, and the renovation needed to redefine the …

Case Study 1: Unileverhaus

November 1, 2010

By Mason Riddle HafenCityHamburg, Germany Not every 3,000m2 corporate edifice is both design savvy and über-green, but Unileverhaus has managed to achieve both. Indeed, the more than 80-year-old consumer products company (Dove®, Q-tip®, Wisk®, Lipton) had a visionary program for its new Germany/Austria/Switzerland headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity (Harbor City), whose masterplan is founded on sustainability …

Creating more with less

Enhanced functionality in architectural textiles By Blaine Brownell As building related energy consumption and resource utilization invite increasing scrutiny, architects and engineers have placed additional attention on the materials that comprise the architectural envelope. Historically, the façade was a relatively simply affair, designed to protect building occupants from the elements. In modern times, however, the …

A sound ceiling

Threshold Acoustics practices what it preaches in their new Chicago offices. By Joanna Baymiller Carl Giegold, principal in the Chicago-based Threshold Acoustics LLC, used the knowledge of his discipline to soothe his landlord’s lament of “Why do you need that?” The landlord had asked Giegold why his firm wanted an open office plan when the …

Meet at the station MGM

As the largest privately-funded project in U.S. history, the MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas is a sizable urban development within the larger city, complete with a futuristic second-level light rail transit system. Weaving between CityCenter’s six buildings and connecting two name casinos—the Monte Carlo and Bellagio—as well as the Crystals Retail Center, the light rail …

Mesh canopy elevates Arizona museum

The sun stays hot and bright at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., and the museum store’s floor-to-ceiling glazed windows needed a canopy with an aerodynamic look. Arizona architects M3 used a wire mesh to provide an uplifting look, the illusion of transparency, light reflection and durability. The Pima Museum will also …

Utilization of fabric structures in arid environments

Learn strategies for designing for climates where scarce water, large temperature swings and delicate ecosystems require careful intervention. By R. Larry Medlin Arid climates like Las Vegas and much of the Southwestern United States, Mexico and many other areas of the world are very severe. They are characterized by a scarcity of water, high evaporation …

IV Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures

Montevideo, Uruguay 6–8 April 2011 Held at the Faculty of Architecture, University of the Republic in Montevideo, the IV Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures has a strong international line-up of featured speakers, including architect José Ignacio Llorens, Universidad politécnica de Cataluña, Spain; Nicholas Goldsmith, FAIA, FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York; architect Félix Escrig, ETSA, …

Report: Textile Roofs continues to stimulate

By Mark Zeh This year’s Textile Roofs Workshop took place between 3–5 June in Berlin. This was the 15th anniversary for the event hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Lothar Gründig at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. This year it was co-hosted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rosemarie Wagner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Prof. …