Art meets utility for textile cricket shelters in Qatar

January 1st, 2024

Images: MOTOElastico/Raviv Cohen Some steel framing, shade cloth and oil paint—that seems a simple enough recipe to build shelters for cricket team members while they’re in the hot sun in Lusail, Qatar. But when handled by an artist and design studio, a simple shelter inspired by temporary spaces for construction workers is anything but ordinary. […]

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Tasting the great outdoors

September 1st, 2021

Across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many food service businesses to offer outdoor dining, and sometimes that means reimagining how to use their parking lots. The city of San Marcos, Calif., revamped its outdoor dining permit process for restaurants to offer outdoor dining. Rip Current Brewing was one of those businesses that quickly […]

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Playground prototype keeps kids cool and safe in Australia heat

March 1st, 2021

Communities in Australia face unprecedented heat, drought and bushfire weather conditions, according to Steve Christou, mayor of Cumberland, a suburb of Sydney. The goal of the research behind this prototype UV Smart Cool Playground is to create safe spaces for children and their families to play. Photos: Western Sydney University. Western Sydney University heat research […]

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Gale Pacific introduces Commercial HEAVY 430 shade fabric

October 27th, 2016

Gale Pacific, a producer of high-performance industrial and commercial fabrics, introduced its newest, strongest and most durable architectural shade fabric, Commercial HEAVY 430. Engineered specifically to withstand extreme weather conditions, Commercial Heavy 430’s biaxial stability and load-bearing strength creates optimum shape and tensioning endurance for large-scale structures. Commercial HEAVY 430 was engineered specifically for architects, […]

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Backyard patio shade

August 30th, 2016

A custom shade disc transforms a scorching residential backyard into a shady oasis. In the arid Southwest, a little shade can go a long way toward transforming a residential backyard from a scorching desert to a shady oasis. One Tucson, Ariz., couple decided to shade their yard in style by installing a custom cantilevered shade […]

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