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 …

Pumped up, a study of air structures

May 16, 2012

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 …

Continuing education: Acoustics with fabric

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 …

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 …

Shading structure promotes dining alfresco-with a view

May 1, 2012

A dynamic, responsive building in the Italian sun improves business with a flexible fabric shade. This restaurant overlooks beautiful Lake Garda in northern Italy, not far from Verona and the Swiss border. In recent years, the proprietor found demand for service such that the outdoor dining terrace needed to be pressed into use year round. …

Etude in blue: textile façade is giant dynamic screen

Jean Nouvel’s Copenhagen Concert Hall is a dynamically responsive building, both day and night. By Mason Riddle When the DR Koncerthuset (Copenhagen Concert Hall) opened in January 2009, it reconfirmed Jean Nouvel’s powers as a visionary architect. The 26,000m2 concert complex is 45m in height and encloses a series of volumes that include the main …

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 …

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 …