New Eisenhower Memorial features metal mesh tapestry

March 1, 2021  |  Case Studies

Despite delays, the new memorial makes a sweeping statement. by Bruce N. Wright, FAIA In May of 2020, the construction and installation of the memorial for General and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally finished. It was a process that took more than 15 years of internecine delays and ob…
Playground prototype keeps kids cool and safe in Australia heat

March 1, 2021  |  Case Studies

Western Sydney University heat research has guided the refurbishmentof a playground in the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Cumberland, resultingin a first-of-its-kind UV Smart Cool Playground. The project brought together government, industry and research partners, including shade solutions manufacture…
Big Span Structures completes parking garage façade with eye-catching details

February 1, 2021  |  Case Studies

Capital Crescent Trail users in Bethesda, Md., are enjoying an aesthetically pleasing facade of digitally printed blue sky and bird silhouettes, designed and installed by Big Span Structures as part of a parking garage expansion project. In addition to the eye-catching view in place of an otherwise …
Mesh structure evokes Atlanta’s tree canopy

January 1, 2021  |  Case Studies

Atlanta, Ga., is known as the “city in the forest” because of its abundance of trees. A mesh sculpture installed at the High Museum of Art in the summer of 2020 drew on Atlanta’s relationship with the natural world and bird migration with the goal of spurring conversations around biodiversity,…
Inside-out tent hosts summer cinema

January 1, 2021  |  Case Studies

During the self-isolation period of the 2020 pandemic, “it became clear that some films can only exist and be perceived in theaters,” according to Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, film program curator for Garage Screen, the summer film series hosted by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. …
Netted sculpture billows above St. Petersburg pier

December 1, 2020  |  Case Studies

Artist Janet Echelman used 180 miles of twine and 1,662,528 knots to create the ethereal look of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture commissioned for St. Pete Pier, a 26-acre destination on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Echelman is known internationally for monumental net sculpture inst…
Inflatable forest comes to life with human interaction

November 1, 2020  |  Case Studies

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s wher…
Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

October 1, 2020  |  Case Studies

Like virtually every other major sporting event, the French Open postponed its 2020 tournament, with play now tentatively set to begin in late September. And when the world’s greatest tennis players set foot on the world’s most famous red clay, they’ll play regardless of weather, under a new r…
Big Span Structures completes covered walkway for Jacksonville transit users

October 1, 2020  |  Case Studies

An eye-catching pedestrian bridge with a tensile membrane roof is keeping Jacksonville, Fla., transit users protected from the elements. Jacksonville Transit Authority’s vision of a regional multimodal hub is coming to a reality with the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Located …
School design in New Zealand embraces sustainability

September 21, 2020  |  Case Studies

The Green School campus in New Zealand showcases a relatively new material, Mehler Texnologies’ Lodge de Luxe membrane, a fabric often used for safari lodges. The Green School is a collaborative design developed by international and local designers, architects and engineers, according to a recent …