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 …

Building potential

November 1, 2010

Architects are discovering new uses for fabric when cladding buildings, to striking effect. By Barb Ernster Decades of experimentation about how best to use fabric in building design and construction has garnered a lot more interest and growing potential for what fabric can do, driven by a desire for greener, cleaner, lighter, higher performing and …

Dressing the apartment from the outside in

A mesh fabric façade helps reduce solar gain while adding privacy as needed. By Mark Zeh In 2008, Firmengruppe Gundlach, a consortium of German home construction, property development and property management companies, opened a competition for architectural proposals for the redevelopment of part of the site of the former Pelikan factories in Hannover, Germany. In …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …