Underwater shade at Penn State

June 1, 2019

When you think about outdoor spaces for people to congregate, a water tower is probably not on the list. But on the campus of Penn State University, State College, Pa., a new water tower located next to the Palmer Museum of Art and the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture was the perfect spot …

A re-enlightened passage welcomes shoppers in Nelson, New Zealand

May 1, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA In the heart of Nelson, New Zealand’s central business district, a short pedestrian passage links two busy public markets. Bank Lane, named for the major national bank that flanks one side of the passage, was until recently a dilapidated corridor with a cracked and discolored Perspex roof. The roof let …

Terasaki Research Institute offers healing and inspiration

by Bruce N. Wright, AIA The Terasaki Research Institute is a nonprofit organization founded by the late Dr. Paul I. Terasaki, a pioneer of modern procedures that minimize organ transplant rejections. It is affiliated with nearby University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and located in the tony Westwood Village neighborhood. A two-story building for the …

Sustainable shade technology

It’s only fitting that the new research and development facility for the Kolon Group, a leading South Korean manufacturer of innovative textiles, would stretch the boundaries of design. The company wanted the facility, dubbed the Kolon One & Only Tower, to embody its commitment to creativity, technology and sustainability. The 820,000-square-foot building is designed to …

Patio canopy expands church services

Summers are hot in San Ramon, Calif., located 35 miles east of San Francisco in the San Ramon Valley. The community is home to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, designed in the 1980s by Aaron Green, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The church features a beautiful patio that congregants like to use for …

Textile origami for space habitats

April 1, 2019

So, you move to Mars—now where are you going to live? As a matter of fact, there is innovative work being done on that subject. A design team is working on the MoonMars project—architecture plans for smart human habitats and research stations on other planets. They are experimenting with origami and high-performance textiles to create …

Animated display for Brussels airport uses kinetic fabric

There are many “must sees” in the Flanders region of Belgium: charming cities and towns graced with medieval architecture, the paintings of the Flemish masters, historical sites, fashion, food and design. The tourism bureau, Flanders Tourism (Toerisme Vlaanderen), wanted to give travelers flying into the Brussels Zarventem Airport a taste of the adventure that awaits. …

Eight-story banner helps Seattle sizzle

March 1, 2019

The new mixed-use building 9th & Thomas, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, takes a fresh approach to commercial space with floor-to-ceiling glass, gardens, integrated outdoor decks and a welcoming lobby that serves as a community living room. Developed by the Redman family, whose Sellen Construction Company occupied the site for 70 years, the …

Apartment honors history with fabric images

Designer Cory Gans of Boston’s Planeta Design Group had a unique idea to honor the history of the site where the new Montaje Apartments in Sommerville, Mass., now stand. Gans wanted to incorporate photographs from the old Ford Motor Company assembly plant that once inhabited what is now Assembly Row, a residential and commercial redevelopment …

Fabric banners, signage and displays help guide visitors—and are getting smarter all the time.

Advances in digital and interactive technologies are heralding a new era in museum graphics, banners and signage, creating opportunities for the printed banner industry from conventional signage printing markets to crossover areas such as interactive displays. A combination of factors is contributing to this: We are seeing incremental improvements as well as new developments in …