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Materials from public art display upcycled for Olympic tents

February 1st, 2024

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, on display in Paris, France, in 2021. Image: © 2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation/Wolfgang Volz Recycled materials from L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, 1961–2021, a former public art installation, will be used to make shade structures and tents for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games, a collaboration between Parley for the Oceans […]

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Roy Chism on making the most of opportunity, ATA membership

February 1st, 2024

Photography by Jacob Tyler Dunn © Mark Skalny Photography In 2021, Roy Chism retired as owner and operator of The Chism Co. Inc., the canvas and metal fabrication shop his father founded 70 years prior in San Antonio, Texas. Though Chism occupied several roles throughout the years, his earliest task remained most critical to continuing […]

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FlexFacades innovation turns parking garage into art

February 1st, 2024

Parking garages are not typically the prettiest buildings on the block. But with a little tensile fabric and some architectural panache, a structure that may typically lean toward eyesore can feel more like an urban sculpture. Take, for example, the parking garage of a Mountain View, Calif., tech company. Structurflex LLC, of Merriam, Kan., working […]

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Transparency tech: solutions for materials tracking

February 1st, 2024

Preparing a cotton sample. “Any volume of fiber can be tagged,” says MeiLin Wan of Applied DNA Sciences. “For example, if 20 million pounds of cotton need to be tagged at a particular gin or spinner, we can provide the automated CertainT® tagging system to achieve this. We have tagged hundreds of millions of pounds […]

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Seastex develops acoustic tiles made of mussel filaments

February 1st, 2024

An Acoustic Byssus Cores (ABC) tile detached from a wall. The tiles are designed to be easily removed to gain access to plumbing or electrical systems for maintenance or repairs. Image: Seastex/Yeshen Venema Founded in June 2021 by Belgian designer Sander Nevejans, Seastex has developed a method to turn mussel beard (byssus) waste into lightweight […]

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Valcourt Group acquires AwnClean USA

February 1st, 2024

The Valcourt Group, a provider of window cleaning, waterproofing, and facade restoration services for commercial properties, announced its recent acquisition of woman-owned AwnClean USA, based in Tampa, Florida. This strategic move maintains the momentum Valcourt has been building to strengthen its position as an industry leader in exterior commercial building services while expanding its presence within […]

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Watching out for greenwashing in your supply chain

January 1st, 2024

Renegade Plastics’ fabric serves as the background to show pellets made from recycled fabric and loose grommets made from those pellets. Image: Renegade Plastics In a world where consumers are concerned about sustainability, being environmentally conscious and seeking ethically sourced products, textile manufacturers need to ensure that companies throughout their supply chain aren’t engaging in […]

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Functional and fanciful fabric sculptures embrace Google building

January 1st, 2024

When Google’s Bay View campus opened in Mountain View, Calif., last year, employees entering the largest building were greeted by sculptural fabric elements, Eddy and Shroud, designed by Jenny Sabin Studio. They stand tall in the open courtyard area, where there are collaboration spaces and cafes. The second floor contains employees’ individual workspaces. Eddy is […]

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Art meets utility for textile cricket shelters in Qatar

January 1st, 2024

Images: MOTOElastico/Raviv Cohen Some steel framing, shade cloth and oil paint—that seems a simple enough recipe to build shelters for cricket team members while they’re in the hot sun in Lusail, Qatar. But when handled by an artist and design studio, a simple shelter inspired by temporary spaces for construction workers is anything but ordinary. […]

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Selling your business

January 1st, 2024

If selling a residence can be an angst-filled undertaking, how much more unsettling is the thought of selling a business, especially one you’ve poured heart, soul, money and reputation into? But as potentially nerve-wracking as the prospect may be, there are measures shop owners can take to lessen the stress and achieve their desired outcome. […]

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