Snapshot: Awning Paradise

By Sigrid Tornquist Most everyone who has spent a lifetime manufacturing custom products can point to one stand-out project that was the highlight of their career. For Vern Schaefer, that project was manufacturing and installing awnings for the Virgin Grand Resort in the Virgin Islands. The project began as part of a remodeling project for …

Personal power source

Technology currently under research pursues low-power energy harvesting from the human body—and textiles will have an important role to play. Digital/electronic advancement has changed our culture into one that requires more information with less hassle and more privacy. Wearable electronics are playing a key role in the Internet of Things (IoT) as a platform for …

For the birds

Designers and architects with fresh sustainability challenges: how to prevent collisions with birds attracted by light and reflections from glass surfaces. In Minneapolis, Minn., deep in construction of a futuristic-looking new Vikings football stadium downtown, the public is now voicing fears that birds will suffer fatal collisions with completion of the massive glass structure in …