Rachal McCarthy builds on 40 years of progress at NTI Global

March 1, 2024  |  Features

When life throws you curveballs, you either need to duck or hit them. Just ask Rachal McCarthy, who is redefining what’s possible for women in the textiles and manufacturing industries.
Pvilion solar canopies win BLT Built Design Award

March 1, 2024  |  Features

Visitors to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx looking for a brief respite to refuel and recharge have been doing so for the past few years under canopies that now can be called award-winning. Last fall Pvilion received recognition in the BLT Built Design Awards in one of the Landscape Archi…
Materials from public art display upcycled for Olympic tents

February 1, 2024  |  Features

Recycled materials from L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, 1961–2021, a former public art installation, will be used to make shade structures and tents for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games, a collaboration between Parley for the Oceans and the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.
Roy Chism on making the most of opportunity, ATA membership

February 1, 2024  |  Features

In 2021, Roy Chism retired as owner and operator of The Chism Co. Inc., the canvas and metal fabrication shop his father founded 70 years prior in San Antonio, Texas. Though Chism occupied several roles throughout the years, his earliest task remained most critical to continuing his father’s succe…
FlexFacades innovation turns parking garage into art

February 1, 2024  |  Features

Parking garages are not typically the prettiest buildings on the block. But with a little tensile fabric and some architectural panache, a structure that may typically lean toward eyesore can feel more like an urban sculpture.
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Watching out for greenwashing in your supply chain

January 1, 2024  |  Features

In a world where consumers are concerned about sustainability, being environmentally conscious and seeking ethically sourced products, textile manufacturers need to ensure that companies throughout their supply chain aren’t engaging in misleading or deceptive environmental or sustainability claims…
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Functional and fanciful fabric sculptures embrace Google building

January 1, 2024  |  Features

When Google’s Bay View campus opened in Mountain View, Calif., last year, employees entering the largest building were greeted by sculptural fabric elements, Eddy and Shroud, designed by Jenny Sabin Studio. They stand tall in the open courtyard area, where there are collaboration spaces and cafes.…
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Art meets utility for textile cricket shelters in Qatar

January 1, 2024  |  Features

Some steel framing, shade cloth and oil paint—that seems a simple enough recipe to build shelters for cricket team members while they’re in the hot sun in Lusail, Qatar. But when handled by an artist and design studio, a simple shelter inspired by temporary spaces for construction workers is any…