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Fabric Architecture Resource Guide
Fabric Architecture
December 2015
Beyond the rectangle

Beyond the rectangle

Fabric structure manufacturers are stretching their boundaries with new shapes and flexible materials for temporary structures for events.

By Janice Kleinschmidt

Consider, if you will, the Pythagoreans, who dissected a sphere as early as 600 B.C. Latecomers like Plato and Buckminster Fuller took the ball and ran with it, so to speak. But in 2015, Platonic polyhedral/geodesic domes are still fresh on the scene when it comes to events in temporary fabric structures. “Nontraditional shapes mean that companies can use structures as part of their own marketing and design,” says Stuart Johnstone, owner of Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures in Sydney, Australia. “Various shapes provide the opportunity for structures to blend into the environment, while making it easy to adapt to unusual spaces. The shapes and configurations of stretch tents are truly up to the imagination of the customer.” [More]
Rooftop canopies

Rooftop canopies

In daytime, three white sails provide protection from the sun; at night, lighted canopies create a warm, intimate atmosphere for elegant dining.

By Bruce N. Wright

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. Perched atop the third level of the new Santa Monica Place Mall is a trendy restaurant, the Redwood Grille, a retrofit of an existing restaurant designed by architect Stephen Francis Jones, founder of SF Jones Architects. Jones reoriented the interior spaces toward the entry and created a 2,500 sq. ft. patio space opening onto the Third Street Promenade. [More]
Iconic shade intervals

Iconic shade intervals

Tensile fabric canopies form partial tunnels to protect from the elements.

By Katherine Carlson

To connect the city parks along the Hillsborough River, the city of Tampa, Fla., wanted an iconic centerpiece that would attract joggers, bikers and visitors to the area when designing its Riverwalk project. Six tensile fabric canopies and partial tunnels spanning more than 5,000 square feet in various configurations at intervals along the wide pedestrian walkway were built out into the river. [More]
News Reports

Fabric Structures Association produces Building Code Matrix resource

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

Saint-Gobain opens North American headquarters

Seaman pretension fabric for permanent structures

Architecture Billings Index on solid footing

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