Strict sustainability guidelines encouraged intense collaboration in the research and manufacture of the fabric panels that wrapped London’s Olympic Stadium.
Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses.
Macquarie University’s lotus theater seats students in style, with added benefits.
A double-layer fabric roof helps solve the seasonal issue for a beach club on Holland’s coast.
An indoor courtyard cover protects vistors and workers from the elements.
Three separate fabric structures provide a comfortable setting in Haddad Riverfront Park.
Canopy appears to float above school courtyard for a bright, unobtrusive look.
The Zencube appears to be entirely made of textile thanks to fixed membrane sides.
Cees Smit's floating fabric structure helps unwrap a car manufacturer’s latest model.
Students use Xorel to investigate the properties of textiles as “soft structures."
Walls mimic an air intake system of the iconic car through a series of fabric ‘fins.’
The Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness is sporting a new roof.
Architent EXCEL® high performance blackout structure and tent fabric is flame resistant, waterproof and durable
The Jamsil indoor swimming pool in Seoul, South Korea, hosted the Asian Games in 1986 and the Olympic Games in 1988, but had fallen on harder times.
The winners of this year’s Young Architect Award, sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 exhibition space, will introduce “Wendy” to the world this summer.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.