Optimizing wind and water: cooling tricks in Beirut

September 1, 2012

The Charles Hostler Student Center at the American University of Beirut. By Frank Edgerton Martin In arid climate cities, the way people use architecture and urban space changes with the time of day. Fabrics for shading, screening and evaporative cooling can be part of sustainable strategies to make these microclimates more comfortable. Throughout the Middle …

Designing with folded fabric pyramids

July 19, 2012

Students at Parsons The New School for Design in New York spent a semester investigating the properties of textiles as “soft structures.” They wanted to work with Xorel, a paper-backed woven textile created by Carnegie Fabrics, Rockville Center, N.Y., to develop an exhibit for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May 2012. “The project …

Waterfalls inside: fabric creates water walls

July 1, 2012

Metal mesh is a cool solution for Tulane University’s award-winning student center. By Frank Edgerton Martin In today’s most energy efficient and successful public buildings, metal meshes and fabrics are more than a decorative detail. They are active contributors to integrated building systems for air circulation, dehumidification, solar gain, screening and lighting. Tulane University’s new …

Creative interest: The architect-fabricator collaboration at its best

The longstanding working relationship between an architect and a fabricator pays back in professional and personal rewards. We love working with architects because they often have great ideas and challenge us more than anyone else,” says Jim Miller, president of J. Miller Canvas Inc., Santa Ana, Calif. “Sometimes I think we should probably say no …

Brickwork and fabric forms

A transcontinental collaboration. By Mason Riddle It takes two to tango. Or make babies. And tea is always better with two. But to collaborate on a design project—given the idiosyncrasies of two creative personalities, egos and visions—is, potentially, a recipe for disaster. Not so with collaborators Ali Heshmati, architect/designer and principal of LEADinc, based in …

A fabric marriage: Serge Ferrari and Anish Kapoor

Artist and fabric maker have a unique history together. By Mason Riddle It’s not easy to collaborate when one party has a strong, creative and unique vision. Yet it can be challenging, and even inspiring. Just ask Serge Ferrari about its collaboration with internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor on three projects from 2002–2011. The first …

Fabric “racing fins” attract fans

May 1, 2012

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 …

Graceful floating fabric sculpture

January 1, 2012

A floating fabric sculpture graces the entrance atrium in the new MediaCityUK Living Lab at the University of Salford (Manchester, England). Appearing to hover above students throughout the entryway, the ribbon-like sculpture interlaces itself through the space and up to the second level atrium ceiling stretching nearly 22m from end to end. Designed, engineered and …

Pou Manawa

Auckland International Airport, New Zealand “Pou Manawa,” a bespoke fabric sculptural structure in the form of a tree, is the focal point of Auckland International Airport’s new retail departure area. Crafted from PTFE fabric and tensioned into place, the sculpture creates a continuous light, translucent surface that is rear projected with various natural and traditional …

Time-lapse video shows project installation

September 20, 2011

We’ve shown you the still picture; now watch it in high speed Back in May we reported on the announcement that Situ Studio selected a natural-looking acrylic fabric donated by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics for a renovation of the Brooklyn Museum’s great hall. Situ Studio has posted a time-lapse video of the installation of the …