National Stadium—Brasília

July 1, 2011

Designed and completed in 1974 by Ícaro Castro Mello, the Mané Garrincha Stadium has been reworked and renamed the National Stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer games. A new lower tier and the completion of an existing upper tier fragment has been designed by Castro Mello’s son Eduardo, and a surrounding esplanade with …

Latin America builds stadiums

If you design sports stadia, Latin America— primarily Brazil—is the place to be Last year, with the announcement of the winner of the venue sweepstakes for the 2014 World Cup Soccer and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil suddenly bumped up the excitement several notches for sports development in South America. Tensioned fabric will play a …

Argentina zoo gets all meshed up

Webmesh solutions for a stunning new bird exhibit in Argentina By Frank Edgerton Martin Over the centuries, zoos have evolved from private collections of exotic animals to powerful advocates for species conservation and environmental education. Located outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Parque Temaikèn is one of the most progressive zoos in Latin America. Like many …

Tension structures in the southern hemisphere

Fabric Architecture’s contributing editor reports on the fourth international symposium on tension structures in Latin America By Víctor Hugo Roldán Held April 6–8 in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Facultad de Arquitectura (Farq), the IV Simposio Latinoamericano de Tensoestructuras brought together more than 275 students, faculty, professionals and suppliers to the tension structure industry Nicholas Goldsmith …

Fabric Tiki lanterns go Hollywood

A Polynesian garden and pool, surrounded by 15 massive fabric lanterns, inspires a relaxed tropical ambiance—despite its location on the sixth-floor roof deck of the tony 1600 Vine at Hollywood & Vine apartments in Los Angeles. The Legacy Lanterns, designed by RCH Studios (also architects of the apartment complex) and fabricated by Canvas Specialty, are …

Knoll Textiles on view

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, presents Knoll Textiles, 1945–2010, an exhibition including the earliest innovators’ applications of materials and fiber construction for use in interiors. The exhibition includes Ralph Rapson’s 657W parachute strapping rocking chair (pictured), leaf and jute floor materials, saran drapery and transportation cloth, designed in collaboration with GM’s …

Interactive environment is up in the air

Rachely Rotem Studio and Phu Hoang Office together have won the SHIFTboston Barge 2011 competition to design an interactive environment on a barge in Boston’s Fort Point Channel. Entitled “Lighter than Air”, the winning design is comprised of 3-D camouflage netting held up by helium-filled weather balloons to transform the barge into a “pop-up” public …

Mobilizarte: Mobile art pavilion

Riding on a cloud, promoting Brazil and art By Mason Riddle In reality, art and sports are not such odd bedfellows. And Mobilizarte proves it. The 500m2 mobile art pavilion will tour Brazil for four years beginning in the summer of 2012, making stops at the 2014 FIFA World Cup match sites, and concluding it …