The shading of urban renewal

September 1, 2015

Building on a revitalized interest in city life, innovative, functional and beautiful fabric shade applications are updating urban environments in cost-effective style. It wasn’t long ago that downtowns seemed more like ghost towns in many urban areas. The promise of larger lawns, less traffic and easily accessible malls drew people to the suburbs instead of …

Tensile shade for seaside resort

Fabric and wood structure protects guests and remains loyal to marine history of the Mediterranean. With centuries of boat building in Spetses’ past, it makes sense that a new tensile shade structure for an exclusive seaside resort on this Greek island should look like it came from a classic Mediterranean boatyard. The owner of a …

Birdair honors Frei Otto with tension canopy

The first name of Frei Otto, a pioneer in tensioned fabric architecture born in 1925 in Siegmar, Germany, translates to “free” in his native tongue. The gifted architect developed his vision of lightweight architecture following stints as a stonemason for his parents (both sculptors), a pilot in WWII, a prisoner of war charged with camp …

Pretension fabric for permanent structures

Seaman Corp.’s new Shelter-Rite® Tite™ lightweight pretension fabric is designed to retain its original physical integrity when used for permanent tension structures. Prepared to withstand a wide range of environmental and design challenges, the fabric represents three proven technologies: time-tested performance, low stretch and superior tear resistance. Shelter-Rite Tite is pre-stretched both horizontally and vertically …

‘Fly’ bridge

Fabric sails add shade and aesthetics to pedestrian bridge. The Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge in Chandler, Ariz., offers walkers and bikers a safe route over Arizona State Route 101. Completed in January 2014, it is laid out in a sleek S-curve and includes elements of fabric sails along its length. The sails mirror …

Fabric structures tour at IFAI Expo 2015

The Fabric Structures Association, Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, Fabric Graphics Association, and Tarp Association, all divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, are hosting an awning, graphics and structures tour in and around Anaheim, Calif., during IFAI Expo on Tues., Oct. 6. The tour will visit Academy Awning and Image Options for shop tours, the …

BondCote hires sales manager for Southwest region

BondCote Corp., a Heytex Group Company, hired James Doherty as its new Southwest regional sales manager. Doherty comes to BondCote with 10 years of experience in the industrial textile industry and has a strong background in product development. He has worked with manufacturers across the globe to develop new products for customers and markets.

Architect education at IFAI Expo 2015

IFAI Expo, Oct. 6–9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., is featuring three days of architect education. The content was created specifically to teach architects about how they can use fabric in their designs. Selected sessions are accredited by The American Institute of Architects, and AIA members who attend are eligible for credit. …