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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Architecture Billings Index ends year on positive note

February 1st, 2016

There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the 12 months of the year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-12-month […]

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“Future of Shade” Design Competition call for entries

February 1st, 2016

Sunbrella and Architizer announce the fourth annual “Future of Shade” design competition call for entries. The “Future of Shade” design competition invites designers and architects from around the world to envision elegant and pioneering shade designs. Artisans, architects, designers and students are encouraged to push the innovation envelope in their entries. Three entry categories create […]

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Remembering Frei Otto

April 1st, 2015

A giant of the tensile structure industry and influential master architect leaves a legacy. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Upon learning that he had been awarded the Pritzker Prize, Frei Otto recently said: “I am now so happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and the Pritzker family very much. I […]

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