Cooley furthers commitment to sustainability, corporate social responsibility

May 30, 2012

Cooley strives to lead industry sustainability efforts, better local communities and protect the environment Cooley Group is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable, engineered membranes for advertising, chemical containment, military, environmental protection and roofing initiatives. Recently the company announced additional developments that underscore its commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The developments …

Hearing fabric

May 24, 2012

The why and wherefore of designing for sound with textiles By Todd Wilmert All building materials are acoustical; all affect how sound is reflected, absorbed or transmitted. Through materials, sound can be sustained through reflection or made to dissipate through absorption. Transmission touches on the how much sound is permitted to pass through the material …

Continuing education: Acoustics with fabric

May 16, 2012

Learn how technical fabrics can aid acoustic control. Discusses reflection, absorption coefficients; design solutions and case studies. Online testing. More details in the near future. In the meantime, check out other continuing education stories. Fabric Architecture magazine provides the opportunity for CE credits by partnering with the Fabric Structures Association of IFAI, an official provider …

Pumped up, a study of air structures

Innovations in materials and design are opening up new uses for air-inflated structures. By Jonathan Kalstrom Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May/June 1997 issue of Fabric Architecture (then called Fabrics & Architecture). The design, applications and mechanical systems of air structures have continued to evolve. Among the noteworthy recent developments in the industry …

ASU college campus selected for top green award

May 9, 2012

AIA announces the 2012 Top 10 Green Projects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Projects showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption. One of the top …

National Design Award winners announced

May 4, 2012

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has announced the 2012 National Design Award finalists. The awards recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner this fall at the 13th annual National Design Awards program. A jury of design leaders and educators from across the country reviewed submissions …

PUMA’s mobile fabric pod packs light

May 1, 2012

By Jan M. Brenny PUMA®, the sport and lifestyle company, wanted a practical and high profile venue when it enlisted Inflate Products Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of inflatable fabric pods, cubes and domes, to design a temporary structure for use at the Volvo Ocean Race. PUMA sponsors an entry in the round-the-world sailboat competition and …

The story of “W,” a hotel façade

The main lobby of the new W Hoboken Hotel and Residences, Hoboken, N.J., sends a modern and sophisticated message to guests with a floor-to-ceiling metal mesh façade framing the welcome desk. Flexible stainless steel metal fabric panels wrap the entire lobby wall and reflect cool purple-colored light back to visitors seeking accommodations, nightlife or a …

Fabric “racing fins” attract fans

The world’s largest indoor theme park gives visitors the chance to experience fast and furious fun, Ferrari style. Ferrari World, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, takes the legendary Italian sports car to new speeds, with a family-friendly attraction offering rides, films, shops, restaurants and lodging, accented in red and steeped in all things Ferrari. The …

On the move: fabric membranes change shape

Designing dynamic membrane structures is harder than it looks. By Mark Zeh One of the enduring visions in the use of membranes and fabrics in architecture is that structural volumes can dynamically respond to people and the environment. This vision is of buildings that can expand, contract or otherwise change shape for different uses and …