Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

January 1st, 2018

Fabrics and architecture have been partners for millennia and have worked together to create some of the most iconic, useful and beautiful structures in the world—from traditional Mongolian yurts to arena domes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indeed, fabric is a critical element of our built environment. It’s still a process of education about fabric […]

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Building relationships with architects can improve fabric structure businesses

November 1st, 2017

Want to do more business with architects? Mary Gilmore, AIA, NCIDQ, and Mark Shellshear, Structure Fabrics, Value Vinyls Inc., have many ideas. Gilmore and Shellshear shared those ideas Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017. Gilmore noted, “Architects are very busy. Cold calls don’t work. They are very visual; they need pictures.” A good website with […]

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Architects praise House passage of HR 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act

April 1st, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Feb. 29 the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act. The legislation reauthorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and calls for a major review of disaster cost trends that will include proposals for mechanisms and incentives to reduce disaster […]

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Open-air restaurant

March 1st, 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic and exotic land than the island nation of the Republic of Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the southern tip of India and only five degrees north of the equator. A double chain of 26 atolls strung along a submarine mountain ridge, the Maldives atolls compose […]

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Architects predict 10 major residential design trends for next 10 years

February 1st, 2016

For the tenth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, a panel of more than 500 residential architects were asked what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next ten years. “Historically, the dominant factors in home design have been economic and demographic shifts. Residential […]

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