Architectural structures comprise NASCAR “fan zone” in Vegas

September 1, 2007

A new Las Vegas motor speedway is a crowd pleaser. By Mason Riddle Gentlemen, start your engines. NASCAR fans, you check out the new Neon Garage. Over the roar of those engines, NASCAR fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) could not be more ecstatic. Why? In March 2007, at the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, the innovative …

Colorful canopy adds interest and function to funky façade

By Jake Kulju Designed to enhance and reflect the unique quality of the building it is attached to, this dual-arch entrance canopy fulfills the sometimes-difficult conditions of pragmatic art. Manufactured and installed by Boree Canvas of Jacksonville, Fla., the canopy sits on four 3-in. schedule pipe and cantilevers over and under each other with a …

SLVDesign wins design award for buildings lined with felt

SLVDesign has been honored with best of category in Environments in I.D. magazine’s 2007 Annual Design Review for its Drape Wall concept (FA, May/June 2006). The design is a system of multifunctional modular building units lined with industrial felt. “It’s so much more intelligent than what’s out there now,” said one of the jurors.

Tensile fabric reigns in recent interior projects

Some of the most interesting interior fabric structures are found behind (private) doors. By Ed Matson Over the past 10 years, interior tensile fabric structures have advanced greatly from the arrangements of stretched cotton stapled to wooden batons that were typical for the time. Now, with a wide range of both synthetic and natural fabrics, …

Green architecture and sustainable design

January 1, 2007

How green architecture and sustainable design relate to fabric structures. By Nicholas Goldsmith For millennia people have worshipped the sun for its warmth, its light and its capability for producing food. In modern times we have come to take the sun for granted. The Earth is solar powered yet we are largely unaware of our …

TransHab and the space architects

September 1, 1999

Revolutionizing structures in space with fabric and technology By Kriss J. Kennedy Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Sept/Oct 1999 issue of Fabric Architecture. At the time, Kriss J. Kennedy was a space architect at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He is internationally known in the space industry for his accomplishments in …

The Dome of the Millennium

January 1, 1999

Come January 2000, the world will have a chance to experience the largest fabric structure ever built. By Robert Kronenburg With its spidery splayed column legs, a web of complex supporting cables, and a vast, curving, sky-reflecting body the United Kingdom Millennium Experience dome, Greenwich, England, looks huge from a distance. In the briefest of …

Insulating for the elements

For fabric roofs, R-values can be obtained in a number of ways, depending on light transmission needs. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Like most wall systems in architecture, the R-value is a function of building up layers of materials that have different insulative values as well as water imperviousness. This holds true for fabric roofs, …

Terms to know when working with green roofs

By Frank Edgerton Martin Here are some terms to be familiar with when working with green roofs. Overburden The technical term for everything installed to cover the waterproofing membrane. When writing specifications, designers refer to the “vegetated overburden” in lieu of “green roof” Intensive and extensive green roofs Intensive</strong A green roof with deeper soil …

The future of air-supported structures

By Bruce N. Wright Asked what they would like to see in the future for air-supported structures, both Tectonik’s Kelsall and Inflate’s Crosbie see the integration of flexible photovoltaics as the gold standard. “Once flexible PV becomes cost effective,” says Crosbie, “that, for us, is the ‘Holy Grail.’ Then these structures can become both dynamic …