New airport canopies welcome travelers

June 1st, 2020

Rising 72 feet over passengers and traffic, newly constructed canopies provide protection from the elements for visitors to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Photo: FabriTec Structures. More than 107 million travelers pass through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making it the busiest airport in the world. With all of the traffic, airport management developed a plan […]

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Innovative fabric facades

May 1st, 2020

Changing the look and function of architecture for a sustainable future.  by Bruce N. Wright, FAIA Architects are fond of describing their buildings in the metaphoric terms of the human body. The supporting structure is often referred to as the skeleton that holds it up; the enclosure (or envelope) is the skin that protects the […]

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Fibers of the future

September 1st, 2019

Roughly five times lighter than a more conventional steel structure, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion was created using robotics technology that placed fibrous filaments between two rotating winding scaffolds. The process created the predefined shape of the building component, which included a lattice of translucent glass fibers onto which black carbon fibers were placed where structurally […]

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A sustainable canopy keeps school cool and quiet

September 1st, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA  The Tanmei Elementary School in Taiwan’s Neihu district is a fashionable, eco-friendly campus with the demeanor of a tranquil college quad. Unfortunately, its location is close to one of the busiest streets of Neihu, a fast-growing district of Taipei City, and the source of noise that disrupts the school’s learning environment.  Since […]

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Tropical greenhouse housed under ETFE dome

December 1st, 2018

Imagine entering a tropical utopia where the weather is always a perfect 82 degrees and a beautiful setting of flowers, lush greenery, ponds, waterfalls, butterflies, birds and other creatures awaits. This environment isn’t just a dream. Plans are in development to build the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under a single dome in the Pas-de-Calais area […]

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ETFE roof tops wooden zeppelin at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

September 1st, 2018

Established in a former factory, Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has a fresh, modern sensibility. Its square corners, austere white concrete walls and large windows create an ideal backdrop for the exciting and thought-provoking works of art on display. But there is a surprise on the roof. A giant zeppelin-like structure seems to have […]

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Architectural shading systems find new markets

February 1st, 2018

Ever since the 1970s back-to-earth, energy enlightenment era of oil embargoes and the beginning of the environmentalism movement, architects and government officials have acknowledged the importance of making ever more energy-efficient buildings. It has been proven that buildings (the construction of them and the manufacturing of all the materials that go into making and operating […]

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Sun motif shade structure evident on riverside plaza

April 1st, 2016

A steel-cable net and PTFE and ETFE membrane structure holds up under heavy wind and snow loads. The Sun Island Resort is one of China’s favorite vacation spots. Because the city of Harbin (where Sun Island Resort is situated) is at a high latitude, it is cooler than the rest of the country in the […]

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