Food for life

July 1st, 2021

As with many food-related companies, the North County Food Bank in Vista, Calif., has had a need to utilize its parking lot due to COVID-19 restrictions. The food bank serves between 200–300 families per day, and the operation was forced out of the building. Volunteers serve a constant line of cars from 9 a.m. to […]

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Rolling out the sidewalk

May 1st, 2021

The Montana Brewing Co., located on the ground floor in the defunct Montana Power Co. building, was one of the first small-scale brewpubs to appear when such facilities sprung up across the country. As the first brewing company in Billings, Mont., it staked out a claim on the main thoroughfare in the historic district of […]

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Shade around the world: custom canopy projects

February 1st, 2021

Ant Walk in Mexico City is a covered walkway by Ketan Membranas Arquitectónicas, intended to be analogous of the form of organization and work dynamics that ants use to provide themselves with resources. Photo: Ketan Membranas Arquitectónicas. Wherever the sun shines, people need shade. These recent canopy projects from around the world fulfill that mission […]

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Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

October 1st, 2020

Built in 1928, the Philippe-Chatrier Court is the main stadium of the Roland-Garros complex. Construction teams for the new retractable roof were on-site within days of the 2019 championship matches. The 11 wings of the roof unfold independently, and each is 105 meters long and 3 meters high. Photos: Serge Ferrari. Like virtually every other […]

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Protecting structures with fabric

July 1st, 2020

When it comes to protecting structures  from the elements, fabric has it covered. by Jeff Moravec Think Hawaii doesn’t get bad weather? Think again. Wind can be a problem, but protection can be found in the form of a rope and pulley system, like this one from Tropical J’s in Honolulu. Photo: Tropical J’s. Fabric […]

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Serge Ferrari, Miami Corporation announce distribution partnership

April 1st, 2020

Stamskin One Allure from Serge Ferrari. Serge Ferrari North America (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and Miami Corporation (Cincinnati, Ohio) have announced a distribution partnership. Miami Corporation, a distributor for the marine, awning and automotive industries, has added Serge Ferrari’s upholstery fabric line to its product offerings. Serge Ferrari’s Stamskin® One and Stamskin® One Allure are currently […]

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Serge Ferrari, Miami Corporation announce distribution partnership

March 3rd, 2020

Stamskin One Allure from Serge Ferrari. Serge Ferrari North America (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and Miami Corporation (Cincinnati, Ohio) have announced a distribution partnership. Miami Corporation, a distributor for the marine, awning and automotive industries, has added Serge Ferrari’s upholstery fabric line to its product offerings. Serge Ferrari’s Stamskin® One and Stamskin® One Allure are currently […]

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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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2017 IAA winners for exterior shades and screens

July 1st, 2018

Award of Excellence This poolside project was created by Rainier Industries Ltd., Tukwila, Wash. The client requested an 18-foot 7-inch wide by 8-foot tall power projection screen system for poolside use to watch movies and sporting events. The challenge was to design a screen that wouldn’t be affected by the weather, wind or reflection from […]

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Choice and innovation drive architectural fabric market

October 1st, 2017

What spurs innovation? Does the kernel of a new idea spring forth fully formed from the brow of a genius, or does it gestate over a long, arduous path involving sweat and heavy lifting? Maybe a bit of both, if you dig into the histories of new materials or processes. Often you will find that […]

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