Taliesin West: a materials laboratory in the Sonoran Desert

November 1, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright, visionary architect of the late 1800s and mid 1900s, tested his radical design ideas on his personal projects before subjecting his clients to his design decisions. This experimental approach is one of the founding principles of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (FLWSA). Encouraged and guided by instructors, students at …

Velodrome utilizes fabric in strategic ways

As the venue for indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, the Velodrome is an architectural interpretation of the activities that will take place inside. According to Hopkins Architects, who designed the venue, the Velodrome’s formal expression was inspired by cycling itself, and the care that went into the detailing …

Populous’ Olympic Stadium

To make the London 2012 Olympic Stadium the most sustainable for the Olympics to date, Populous has turned to fabric as a strategic part of the overall strategy Not wanting to leave a burdensome legacy on the host city or its people, the Olympic Delivery Authority asked sports facility designers Populous to make the new …

BMW Guggenheim Lab showcases portable fabrics and meshes

By Frank Edgerton Martin On Houston Street in lower Manhattan, the Guggenheim Museum recently opened an experimental “Laboratory” for public discussions about sustainability and urban design in the 21st century. As one of the first buildings designed with a structural framework of carbon fiber (the same material used in tennis racquets), the Guggenheim Lab is …

Shooting, Paralympic Shooting and Paralympic Archery Venue

Colorful fabric cladding of the temporary venue is in place. The Shooting Venue, located at the historic Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, will stage events across three indoor ranges and three outdoor ranges. Click here for more information. Project details Contractor: John Sisk & Sons Fabricator: Base Structures Ltd.

Sustainability in the London 2012 Olympics

Sustainability is playing a major role in shaping the design and construction of the London 2012 Olympics, including the individual sport venues, the Olympic housing and the overall related infrastructure. The driving force for this stance by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), (the tactical organization responsible for creating all the physical settings for the London …

Chi-chi shade in Miami

The Soho Beach House—a world-class private club, hotel and spa on the site of the historic Sovereign Hotel in Miami, Fla.—recently reopened after a makeover by architects Shulman + Associates. The redesign and expansion included a retractable canopy over a first-level upscale restaurant and a second-level retractable cover of similar design for the hotel’s Club …

More solar energy on the web

FTL Solar LLC recently launched a new website geared toward consumers that will serve as a way to better educate potential buyers on the features and benefits of the company’s solar structures and portable power systems. FTL Solar manufactures lightweight, solar structures and fabrics for military and personal use. The website features photos, videos and …

Student designed solar house (wrapped in fabric)

A team of students from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), literally have pushed the envelope for their solar house prototype designed for the Solar Decathlon. The CHIP (Compact, Hyper-Insulated Prototype) had a white pillow-like wrap of PVC fabric around the upper part of the house, built along with …

Vancouver’s newest roof

Vancouver’s recently revitalized BC Place Stadium (home to the 2010 Winter Olympics) opened to great fanfare and immediately proved a success. Sold out crowds were able to enjoy an evening under the stars in late September as the new retractable PTFE fabric roof (replacing the original air-supported fabric roof) kept fans sheltered but with a …