Artists and architects

May 1, 2008

Launching a working relationship. By Regina M. Flanagan Recently, I was one of 63 artists invited to submit credentials to design the portico for the Pines Dining Hall at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a backdrop for the school and I imagined the undulating sculptural form of a …

Effective erosion control

March 1, 2008

Selecting a rolled erosion control product (RECP) for designing with vegetation. By Roy J. Nelsen Erosion due to water is a natural event resulting from both the detachment and transportation of soil particles. Accelerated erosion due to human activity and the removal of vegetation or cover from the land often results in drastically increased rates …

Seeing green up top

January 1, 2008

By Bruce Dvorak and Marcus de la fleur Green roof technology has come a long way from sod houses and grassed, meadow-like roofs grazed by goats or sheep. It is rapidly moving forward with all expectations of transforming the way urban ecology is legislated, designed, and maintained across the country. Architects and engineers are running …

Architect to publish book on tension structure technology

September 1, 2007

Architect Roberto Santomauro of Montevideo is publishing a introductory book on tension structure technology. Not intended as an in-depth study, Tensoestructuras is directed at students, architects, engineers, designers and builders who are curious about the technology’s possibilities.

Keeping outdoor fabrics clean

The basics of fabric cleaning and maintenance for awnings, canopies and fabric structures. By Todd Willmert We think of fabric maintenance and our thoughts turn to washing machines or the thread and needle—the basic techniques used on our clothing. Fabric can easily, readily be cleaned and patched, and therein lies part of its appeal. Of …

Glossary of awning terms

April 1, 2006

Definitions Awning: An architectural fabric projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. An awning is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which a cover is attached. Canopy: An architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is supported by …

Thermal regulations in the UK

January 1, 2006

By Tanya Ross Introduction Legislation to promote energy saving measures in new buildings has been tightened a number of times over the past 20 years, since the recognition that buildings contribute almost half the annual carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. The most recent revisions proposed to the Building Regulations were intended to reduce that …

Standardized definitions for tents and fabric structures

May 1, 2005

Standardized definitions help code officials understand just exactly what tents and fabric structures are and how they differ from rigid structures. For over a year now, the Building Code Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has been discussing definitions for terms that affect the industry. The following standard definitions were created for common …

Photocatalyst technology adds value to fabric

By Kikuko Tagawa The word “photocatalyst” may be unfamiliar to you, but it is mentioned frequently in Japan’s business media; it is now well known by most business people in Japan. Photocatalyst treatments are probably in your environment already. Do the mirrors on your car doors ever fog up? If not, the mirrors could be …

Loads & anchoring: Awnings & canopies

April 1, 2005

A major consideration in designing a large awning or canopy for a structure is how it will be secured. Anchorages—elements used to fasten an awning system to a building and the ground—stabilize the awning. Most anchoring is done using one of four tried-and-true methods: friction, keying, combined friction and keying, or adhesion. The various awning …