An architecturally significant performance hall gets a new canopy

September 1st, 2020

When Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida in 2017, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., was one of many buildings damaged. In particular, the fabric of the hall’s front canopy needed to be replaced.  The new beige entrance canopy to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., complements the lavender seashell […]

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Outdoor lifestyles of the rich and famous

May 1st, 2020

A retractable canopy provides just the right shading in the California sun. Photos: Arya Group. Villa Sarbonne, a Bel Air mega mansion, was designed with no detail left unattended. The 25,000-square-foot home boasts nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a movie theater, hair salon, spa and even a car elevator that rises seamlessly from underground to deliver […]

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Retractable canopies keep concert-goers protected

June 1st, 2019

A new retractable canopy enables the Merriweather Post Pavilion to host open-air events on sunny days and provide instant protection from the elements when needed. Photos: Uni-Systems LLC. Located in a forest setting between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., the Merriweather Post Pavilion is an historic outdoor music venue. Designed by architects Frank Gehry and […]

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Underwater shade at Penn State

June 1st, 2019

Tensile membrane offers two times more natural light transmission than standard weldable PVDF membranes as well as twice the heat protection, making it ideal for creating an outdoor performance and relaxation space. Photos: ©Lightweight Manufacturing. When you think about outdoor spaces for people to congregate, a water tower is probably not on the list. But […]

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School shade

June 1st, 2016

Shade structure at a mid-century kindergarten in New Zealand adds a contemporary facelift and protection from the sun. Of all the roles that shade structures fulfill—from aesthetic appeal to space expansion—their most critical function is weather protection. Few places require as much protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays as New Zealand, which, according to the country’s […]

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US Navy Chooses Infinity Canopy

April 1st, 2016

The United States Navy has chosen Infinity Canopy to cover its 35-foot-by-45-foot pergola, located at US Navy Seal Beach Golf Course in Cypress, Calif. The pergola creates an intimate space for various functions. After an exhaustive search and visits by the US Navy staff and engineers, Infinity Canopy was selected to provide additional shade and […]

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State of the specialty fabrics industry: Fabric structures, awnings and canopies

March 1st, 2016

The world economy in review Six years after the world economy emerged from the Great Recession of 2009, a return to a strong global expansion remains elusive. The downside risks to the world economy appeared more noticeable than ever in 2015. Economic growth has improved in the advanced economies—the United States, Japan and Europe. But […]

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Sarasota airport to install Birdair canopies

February 1st, 2016

As part of an initiative to improve the facility, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota, Fla., will install three new PTFE fiberglass membrane barrel-vault canopy structures to its baggage claim, ticketing and curbside areas. The airport chose Buffalo, N.Y.-based Birdair to manage the design, fabrication and installation of the structures. The canopy system will feature […]

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A mixed-use shady oasis

January 1st, 2016

London’s Wembley Park includes a covered play area to attract families—with a coated fabric that resists dirt. Wembley Park has a long history. An urban renewal success story, it’s been transformed again and again to fit the needs of the times. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened a line across what was then an estate. […]

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Rooftop canopies

December 1st, 2015

In daytime, three white sails provide protection from the sun; at night, lighted canopies create a warm, intimate atmosphere for elegant dining. Santa Monica Place, one of the most popular public gathering spots in this southern California Eden, has a storied history serving as backdrop to several films and television shows since its 1980 opening, […]

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