‘Mass to membrane’ continues to influence the future of architecture

August 1, 2018

Nicholas “Nic” Goldsmith, FAIA, has been a major player for more than 40 years in the development of fabric architecture in North America and around the globe through his leadership of the innovative architectural/engineering firm FTL Design Engineering Studio, based in New York City. I’ve known Nic for more than 20 of those years, and …

SEG graphics find more appeal with architectural clients

Ask average consumers what springs to mind when they hear the words “signs and banners,” and they’ll likely describe wayfinding placards and lengths of logo-imprinted fabric hanging from street poles. And although placards and pennants have their place in the sign and banner arena, this is a market segment with innovative and expanding applications in …

Winning Fabric Art Entries, 2017 International Achievement Awards

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Aquatic art Transformit | Gorham, Maine “Aqua Vibrant” is an 85-foot by 15-foot fabric sculpture installed in the Academic Commons, a lounge that connects two classroom buildings at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, N. H. The hand-painted graphics and transparent quality of the mesh celebrates and takes inspiration from nearby Lake …

Fabric wall systems offer versatility

Architects and interior designers are appreciating the functional possibilities offered by stretched fabric wall finishing systems for commercial and residential work instead of typical paint or wallpaper. One system is offered by Fabricmate Systems, a global supplier of high performance wall surface solutions. A stretched fabric wall surface has acoustical properties that reduce noise and …

Preventing workplace sexual harassment requires proactive actions

Far too often, the process of making bad and/or unethical choices begins with a simple, almost thoughtless decision. How do I know this? Well, I’ve seen it happen far too often. Harassment is not a sexy subject, and ethics are more than words. “The times they are a changing,” and that’s more than just song …

Screens that accommodate ‘daylighting’

With an emphasis on using natural light and saving energy, KE Outdoor Design has announced the Screeny system with a new range of products. The new Exterior Solar Shades are suitable to cover any window while integrating seamlessly into modern architecture. The system enables customers to utilize the practice of “daylighting,” which involves the placement …

Serge Ferrari acquires Plastitex, introduces new awning fabric

Serge Ferrari Group has acquired Plastitex, adding product lines and technical knowledge to the Serge Ferrari brand. Besides its expertise in new product design, Plastitex will provide extra capacity and additional manufacturing flexibility. Serge Ferrari Americas will offer a textile customization service that will enable customers to create unique color combinations and weave patterns and …

Shelter Structures distributes Sunshield Shade

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures, Sunshield & SKP for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, will carry the Sunshield Shade product line. Sunshield products are polycarbonate carports and shade structures, tensile fabric shade structures, vehicle parking shades and patio shades. The products will be warehoused in the Shelter Structures America …

Shading system wins LEED award

When Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. decided to expand east from its Chico, Calif., headquarters, the company settled on Mills River, N.C., near Asheville. A 320,000-square-foot brewery was built, including a warehouse and bottling facility, taproom and restaurant, amphitheater and an indoor music venue. Sierra Nevada worked with architects and engineers at R.G.A., the firm that …