Diamond in the shade

February 1st, 2014

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA The late Annette Funicello may once have frolicked on Waikiki Beach while filming one of her iconic beach party films with Frankie Avalon, but many of her generation can now enjoy a protected view of Diamond Head volcano from the Maunalani Nursing Home and Rehab Center not far from that […]

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Extreme architecture

February 1st, 2014

Despite worldwide climate issues, fabric structures meet environmental challenges. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA With news of a 100-year “polar vortex” in the midwestern United States, increasing tsunami destruction in the Caribbean and coastal Japan and typhoons in Southeast Asia, one could begin to believe that “extreme climate conditions” is an oxymoron. It seems that […]

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Complex design, ageless beauty

February 1st, 2014

A modern greenhouse ETFE dome grows with the use of 3-D modeling software. By Kelly Frush The botanical gardens in Aarhus, Denmark, have a lot of history. They were first developed in 1875 as a way to showcase thousands of species to its visitors. In 1969, a greenhouse dome was constructed to allow for the […]

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Architects issue 2014 ‘Punch List’ for Congress

February 1st, 2014

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its “punch list” for Congress that, if completed, will ignite the construction economy by spurring much needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency and create jobs for small business. “America needs to create more jobs, to strengthen communities, and find help for millions of young people to […]

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Polyfab USA appoints Tunali Tec stocking distributor

February 1st, 2014

Polyfab USA LLC has appointed Tunali Tec S. de R.L. de C.V. a stocking distributor of the Polyfab lines of extra heavy duty fire rated knitted HDPE shadecloth, shade sail hardware, and shade sail edge webbing. Tunali Tec is a Mexican company specializing in the distribution of hardware, textiles and accessories for the manufacture of […]

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Base Structures secures landmark Copenhagen shopping complex contract

February 1st, 2014

Fabric architecture company, Base Structures, won the bid to design, manufacture and install Denmark’s most extensive tensile fabric project in the country, a multi-facetted fabric facade and walkway metro link for Copenhagen’s flagship shopping centre, Frederiksberg, working alongside FlexCover and main contractor, Hoffmann. The edgy, geometric design by architect, KHR, comprises fabric slabs at varying […]

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Public/private sector collaboration improves building safety

February 1st, 2014

Federal agencies conclude and agree that code adoption and compliance, training for code officials and updating codes based on lessons learned from natural disasters are major factors in creating more resilient structures and safer communities. “When homes and buildings are built to the most current codes, structures on the edge of the direct path of […]

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Phifer launches new fabrics, website, logo

February 1st, 2014

Interior sun control fabric manufacturer Phifer Inc. unveiled several fresh fabric offerings, showcased its company website redesign and displayed a sleek new SheerWeave brand mark at VISION ’14: International Window Coverings Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 4-6. Phifer’s redesigned website (www.phifer.com), features an attractive layout, loads of product information and more user-friendly navigation. Application […]

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W.S. Tyler delivers the perfect meshing of color and design

February 1st, 2014

W.S. Tyler USA Architectural Design Group provides three customizable woven stainless steel wire mesh products that allow design professionals virtually limitless options to create one-of-a-kind facades for both commercial new construction and renovation. With an extensive array of colors and weaves, the depth of the company’s product line gives architects and building owners an unparalleled […]

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Polyfab USA unveils lead-free seal

February 1st, 2014

Polyfab USA LLC released to their customers a new seal, promoting the fact that its complete product range of shadecloth is 100 percent lead free and phthalate free. Three years ago, to meet the demands of the market, Polyfab began testing and developing new compounds and replacing the heavy metal in its pigments with lead-free […]

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