Celebrating excellence

June 1st, 2015

The IFAI Canada 2015 Honours Program winners. By Galynn Nordstrom Five winners were selected this year by the Canada Honours Program at the IFAI Canada Expo, held Mar. 12–13 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Entries are open to members of IFAI Canada, and judged on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and...

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Superhydrophobic coating

June 1st, 2015

NeverWet Outdoor Fabric treatment protects and preserves outdoor clothing, shoes and furniture against moisture, repelling water from textiles including polyester, polycotton blends, canvas, leather and suede. The solvent-based technology is breathable, dries odorless, keeps items dry longer and provides a clear finish that will not change the feel or appearance of treated items. Applications include...

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Metropolitan mesh

June 1st, 2015

Apedestrian-only city center, ONE City Plaza in Greenville, S.C., is the city’s newest mixed-use hub, featuring retail, dining and university and office spaces. The space is designed to draw people downtown. Greenville was once known as the “textile center of the world,” and Denver, Colo.-based Civitas Inc., designer of ONE City Plaza, wanted to pay...

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Underground gardens

June 1st, 2015

The Maple Garden is the first recreational park below ground level in Taiwan. The vegetation planted throughout the garden increased Taichung City’s green coverage by 28,000 square meters, and contributed to lowering the urban heat island effect. Photo: ACE Geosynthetics Inc. In Taichung City, Taiwan, city dwellers wandering through Maple Garden Park are actually meandering...

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Dancing in the street

June 1st, 2015

The Street Light Disco installation in Sydney, Australia, transformed an urban five-block radius into a glittery, interactive dance floor. Photos: Callum Andrews and Oly Begg Street banners are typically used as a marketing device, advertising an upcoming neighborhood event or the like. But when Sydney, Australia’s five-block Martin Place promenade was transformed into a sparkling,...

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Sailing—or cycling—away

June 1st, 2015

International Tension Structures began work on the bridge in 2008, providing design-assistance to the project team. The project came to fruition with the state of Arizona partnering with the city of Chandler and the federal government. Photos: International Tension Structures The Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge in Chandler, Ariz., offers walkers and bikers a...

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Wrapping water

June 1st, 2015

The Water Tank Project collaborated with not-for-profit arts organization Studio in a School to create a competition for New York City public high school students to get the chance to see their artwork featured on a water tank alongside artists including Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Andy Goldsworthy, Marilyn Minter, Carrie Mae Weems and...

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Fabric webcast wall connects the world

June 1st, 2015

All the content on Schneider Electric’s VIEW presentation wall is cloud-based and centrally managed, which allows employees to access the newest business and product information at any time and in multiple languages. Photo: Dimensional Communications Inc. An estimated 180,000 employees of Schneider Electric SE, headquartered in Rueil Malmaison, France, tuned in to the company’s Leadership...

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Shades of urban renewal

June 1st, 2015

At Denny’s diner on iconic Fremont Street in Las Vegas, International Tension Structures designed and installed a vibrant shade structure to complement the building’s architecture. Photo: International Tension Structures Urban renewal is a trend whose time has come and stayed—and shade components are playing a starring role. It wasn’t long ago that downtowns seemed more like...

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A bigger box

June 1st, 2015

The Optima LED® StretchLite Backlit Light Box is a new addition to Stylmark’s large-format tension fabric light box collection in a standard depth of 8 inches (DS8) and a narrower depth of 5 inches (DS5). Both sizes feature a frameless appearance to keep the consumer’s attention focused on the imagery and message of the fabric...

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