Fibers of the future

September 1st, 2019

Roughly five times lighter than a more conventional steel structure, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion was created using robotics technology that placed fibrous filaments between two rotating winding scaffolds. The process created the predefined shape of the building component, which included a lattice of translucent glass fibers onto which black carbon fibers were placed where structurally […]

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A sustainable canopy keeps school cool and quiet

September 1st, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA  The Tanmei Elementary School in Taiwan’s Neihu district is a fashionable, eco-friendly campus with the demeanor of a tranquil college quad. Unfortunately, its location is close to one of the busiest streets of Neihu, a fast-growing district of Taipei City, and the source of noise that disrupts the school’s learning environment.  Since […]

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Award-winning recreation center weathers the seasonal extremes

September 1st, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Weather is a topic of daily conversation in Saint Louis Park, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. Seasonal temps in the city can range from a high of 90˚F in the summer to well below 0˚F in the winter. In the transitional seasons of spring and fall, residents can experience 20-degree […]

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An experiential exhibit of fabric color, texture and performance

September 1st, 2019

Visitors to the Casalis booth at Milan Design Week last April took a tour through a labyrinth of color and texture, including acoustic textiles and biodegradable carpet. Photos: Nicole Marnati. When Belgian textile designer Casalis returned to Milan Design Week in April after a three-year absence, the company made a statement with its signature style. […]

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Prepare now for a future disaster

September 1st, 2019

by Jeff Moravec In a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Irma in 2017, business owners had to deal not only with repairing damage to their shops, but to their homes as well. Tornadoes, as well as the hurricane itself, ravaged the home of Oceanside Canvas’ owners on Cudjoe Bay in the Florida Keys. Photo: Steve […]

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Channeling nature through fabric at Allianz Field

September 1st, 2019

Dramatic Allianz Field soccer stadium in Minnesota takes its cues from Lake Superior and aurora borealis. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Soccer is an internationally loved sport for many reasons, but one draw has to be the fluid physicality of the athletes. The new Allianz Field soccer stadium in St. Paul, Minn., reflects this dynamic […]

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Ulrich Tombuelt hired as CEO of Sattler Corp.

September 1st, 2019

Sattler Corp. of Hudson, N.C., has hired Ulrich Tombuelt as its new CEO. Tombuelt has many years of executive management experience in the textile industry in the U.S. and in Europe. Sattler Corp., a division of The Sattler Group, Austria, is known for its high-tech fabrics.

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