Unusual bamboo and fabric structure offers design advantages

January 1, 2010

Careful attention to joinery and geometry brings a work of art (and a functional pedestrian bridge) to a busy intersection in Colombia This unusual fabric and bamboo structure has several sustainable design advantages going for it, starting with the design of the intersection it crosses. The intersection is a mini cloverleaf with clear and practical …

Art and architecture in fabric and steel

Every two years, a landscape architect is chosen through a juried competition to create an installation for the Cleveland Public Art Park. The 2009 incarnation, from Eventscape, Toronto, Ont., Canada, celebrates both Cleveland’s industrial heritage and its new “green” environmental agenda. The fabric-clad organic futuristic forms make a powerful visual impact on a number of …

Anish Kapoor sculpture blends fabric and steel in New Zealand

International sculptor Anish Kapoor stretches fabric and steel to manipulate views of the New Zealand seascape “I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relationship with both space and time.” –Anish Kapoor, Tate Magazine, July 2007 The Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor is probably best known in the United States for his …

Towards a living architecture

November 1, 2009

Jeffrey L. Bruce, a leader on green roofs and landscape, speaks out on the promise of “Living Architecture.” By Frank Edgerton Martin Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, recalls that when he first came to Kansas City, Mo., from New Jersey as a young landscape architect, he drove out west into Kansas to see the plains. As the …

PAMA launches new website for landscape architects

September 1, 2009

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has launched a new website to provide resources for landscape professionals seeking to soften hardscape designs. The website focuses on background information about the sustainable advantages of using awnings and shade canopies to provide cooler, energy-saving landscapes and gardens for clients. For more information, visit www.DesignWithAwnings.com.

Exhibit pays homage to Gaudí

May 1, 2009

Tension fabric exhibit specialists Transformit designed and constructed part of a traveling exhibition, “The Realism of Gaud“ and the Hope of Europe.” The commission came from Magrada Proyectos, Barcelona. The good working relationship on the project between the two companies led to the recent announcement that Magrada Proyectos is Transformit’s distributor in Spain and Portugal. …

Fabric art to be featured at 2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 Winter Olympics will host world-class athletes and fabric art worthy of the event. By Jake Kulju Janet Echelman likes a good breeze. Her massive fabric sculptures pepper the world — from Phoenix to Portugal, Bombay to Hong Kong — often designed specifically for engaging the wind elements that surround them. Her latest project, …

Canopies shield students from extreme desert heat

March 1, 2009

Studio Ma recently completed a substantial redesign of the plaza adjacent to the student union on the Arizona State University, Tempe campus. Key to their redesign is a network of modular shade canopies that enhance the usability of the busy campus. With more than 30,000 students a day passing through the Memorial Union Plaza, the …

Handprints decorate conical structure for festival launch

July 1, 2008

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture. Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, …

Soil cap eliminates exposure and improves water quality

Flint Industries Inc. | Metter, Ga., United States The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the geosynthetic projects category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, involved installing a soil cap over a 55-acre sludge pond’s surface to eliminate exposure and improve surface water and groundwater quality in the area. The capping system required …