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For Work and or Play

Fabric Structures for Work and for play.

Industrial Application:








This canopy was made to cover an area between two buildings where traffic passes in both directions and is on wheels in case you need to roll it away!

Recreational Application:








This shade structure was made to cover kids from the summer heat at a day camp. In the winter, the shade are taken down until next summer!

Residential Application:








This shade structure is for the ultimate beach getaway. On the roof overlooking the Atlantic. What more can you ask for but a little more shade!


Night and Day

Here’s a project in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

It’s an entrance for a high end residential complex.

Fabric structures are not all white and come in all shapes and sizes.


It was designed for both day and night.

Its been about 10 years!


It’s good to see an old friend.


2017: Towards a Clear and Vertical Fabric Architecture

It’s time to look back on the year that was. And some thoughts on the year to come.

In the fabric structure industry here in the USA, two major projects caught my eye: Viking Stadium in Minneapolis, MN and the Stadiums at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY.

vikingstadiumta-597187860To the general public, the roof of the new Viking Stadium looks like a typical glass skylight but just the idea of watching a sporting event in a temperature controlled environment yet still being able to see the sky is what will become common in the future.

ETFE is the word of the year and a close second is transparency.

063471_013Designers will see new potential for mall renovations, airports, transit stations just to name a few. Developers and users will insist their traveling and shopping experience never be rained out. For those of us that want to look small, look no further to outdoor school areas, home extensions and public plazas to have “clear” roofs.

To see and be seen.

arthur-ashe-stadium-debut-retractable-roof-2016-us-tennis-open-01The US Open Tennis Facility in NY showed the sports world here in the US that a retractable roofs is no longer an option but a necessity. Is Met Life Stadium next?

It may look like a smaller version of the Dallas Cowboy stadium roof but it works in an urban context. The upcoming Atlanta Falcons Stadium roof will show case the retractable roof as an iconic piece of the Architecture in the city.

rossetti_usta_gs_792_0Another upcoming necessity will be the textile facade like seen at the Bille Jean King Court a the US Open. The facade will be seen more in convention building types. Old and new sports facilities will be wearing temporary or permanent coats. Designed using parametric equations and fluid dynamics or just plain and simple, these new facades will be ever changing billboards, climates changers and visual jewelry for buildings of all shapes and sizes from offices to warehouses to industrial buildings.

And “textile facades” work small too. They can screen mechanical systems, parking garages and a neighbor in style.

The Sky’s the limit and so is the horizon in 2017.

Have a Happy New Year!

No job is too small

THMunderYou see and hear a lot about the big jobs…stadiums, airports, malls, etc. It’s nice every so often to work on a small project. A project just providing simple shade, signage and shelter. But it doesn’t matter how small or big a custom fabric structure, it still requires design, engineering, fabrication and installation. Design takes a unique thought process, engineering takes time, fabrication requires quality control and the installation require care and a little bit of tension!

Fabric Structures come in all shapes and sizes, materials and and colors. No job is too big or too small

April Showers bring May Flowers

We’ve all heard the expression “April Showers bring May Flowers”.

This view is looking east, with the Hudson River behind me. Note the Empire State Building on the left side of the photo... ***************************************** Let me begin with a disclaimer: I do not dance the tango, and I know little or nothing about its history, its folklore, or even its steps and rhythms. I'm vaguely aware that it originated in Argentina (and Uruguay) in the 1890s, that a new style known as "tango nuevo" began to emerge in the late 1990s, and that various actors and actresses -- including Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Antonio Banderas, Madonna, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger(!), among others -- have performed the tango in various movies. But beyond that, it never really occurred to me that it played any significant role here in the U.S. That is, not until the summer of 2009, when I happened to return to my hotel, on a business trip to Washington, DC, just as a local gathering of tango aficionados was dancing to their music in a nearby square known as Freedom Plaza. I photographed the event (see my Flickr set Last tango in Washington) and learned from one of the participants that there were similar informal events in New York City, at the South Street seaport, during the summer and fall weekends. When I got back to New York, I searched on the Internet, and found a schedule of upcoming tango events just as my Washington acquaintance had indicated; but travel schedules, inclement weather, and other distractions prevented me from actually attending any of them; by the end of the autumn season, I had forgotten all about it. For some reason, something reminded me of the tango again this spring -- perhaps some music that I overheard, perhaps a scene on some otherwise forgettable television show. In any case, I searched again on the Internet, and discovered that a tango "event" would be taking place on a Sunday afternoon -- but not at the South Street Seaport (on the east side of Manhattan, near the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges), but rather at Pier 45, where Christopher Street runs into the Hudson River in Greenwich Village. The event was scheduled to take place between 3:30 and 7:30 PM, and another quick search on the Internet informed me that sunset would occur at 7:30 PM. So I arrived a little before 6 PM, as the sun was beginning to drop down in the western sky, and photographed for a little more than an hour. I captured some 522 images, of which 75 have survived in this Flickr set. For the majority of the photos, I stood at the end of the pier, with my back to the Hudson River and the sinking sun; the sun broken in and out of clouds on the horizon -- and because I was wearing sunglasses, I didn't fully appreciate the extent of sun-glare that was often striking the faces of the dancers, as well as the shadows where the sun wasn't hitting at all. But I think I recovered most of the inadvertent over-exposure and under-exposure with some post-processing on the computer... I was also able to get some shots facing westward and southward, so that you could see the New Jersey skyline behind the dancers; indeed, there are a couple of shots with the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge in the background. (Note to self: come back here at twilight, on a Sunday evening in mid-summer; it could well be even more spectacular.) Since I have no personal expertise (or even competence) at the dance, there's not much that I can say about what's going on; I have to let the pictures speak for themselves. Though it wasn't universally true, I noticed several occasions where the women were taller than their partners; I gather that that's an advantage when the dancers are twirling and twisting around. Also, I had the distinct impression -- just as was the case in Washington last summer -- that few (if any) of the dancers were "couples" in the traditional sense. Indeed, many of them seemed to be strangers who had met for the first time at this tango event, but who seemed to enjoy the experience of the dance together. And others, from what little I could tell, might have encountered one another at previous tango events -- but had no other interactions or relationship with one another. In any case, I had photographed everything I could imagine photographing by a little after 7 PM. I put away my camera equipment, walked a few blocks east to Hudson Street to enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant with my wife, and made a note to check the Internet again for future tango events in Central Park and the South Street Seaport. If you'd like to pursue this on your own, check out Richard Lipkin's Guide to Argentine Tango in New York City.

I know its February (almost March) but remember it rains a lot in April and May. When Spring comes people start to spend more time outside and look for the same protection from the elements they expect all year.

Fosters-national-harbor-premium-eventFabric Structures provide a great solution to high winds, surprise snow, spring showers and heavy down pours. Its not bad to have a properly designed fabric structure up all year long too for hot summer and cold winters too!

But with all good things, its takes time to design, engineer, fabricate and install these structure. So start planning now.

Fordingbridge_Predesigned-Tensile-Fabric-Structures_Images_Kingshurst-SchoolJust want shade, go High Density Polythene (HDPE). Its a mesh fabric that gives you shade only protection but can also handle drizzle and light rain. Great for playgrounds, parking canopies

Looking for a cost effective solution to water protection?

Go with a vinyl coated polyester (PVC) fabric.

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Alfresco Architecture

Need a noncombustible fabric?

Go with teflon coated fiberglass (PTFE).

Looking for transparency instead of translucency?

Ask for clear fabric in PVC, PTFE or ETFE!

From umbrellas to dome stadium, awning to frame structure, retail to industrial, temporary to permanent, there is no other material that passes the test.

Make it sustainable.

zanzibarMake it Resilient.

Make it yours.

Make it a custom Fabric Structure.

Covering Alfresco Living

If you are interested in extending your living space whether its for your home, restaurant, hotel or place of business, here are a couple of options.

Stretch Fabric Awnings or tentStretch awning restaurant

Don’t want a typical retractable awning or if you need to cover an odd space?

Try a stretch fabric. The material is a bit more forgiving and reaction loads are less than other tensile materials. Attach it directly to a wall or make it self supporting. Seasonal in nature but also quick to take up and down if you need to.

Frame TentRestaurant_Tent

Want something a little more traditional?

Try a frame tent. You can buy or rent a frame tent and attach it to your building for added support.
These frame tents are designed to incorporate, hard walls, fabric walls, glass and flooring.

Retractable CanopyA Pergola 100 with side awning white

Need all the bells and whistles? Go with a pre-engineered retractable vela, or sloped retractable canopy. Lean it against the wall, put your furniture outside, push a button and enjoy the alfresco living.



R U interested in Fabric Structures?

It’s been a while since my last blog.

Been busy trying to get Architects, Designers and clients to use fabric structures more often.

Today, The FabricArchitect looks at the letter “R”.

I just came back from exhibiting at both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and realized how much the letter “R” is used in design.


Shopping Centers and fabric structures? Why of course. What material provides shade, shelter and signage better than fabric? It is used as an awning, umbrella, canopy, facade, pedestrian walkway, etc. The skys the limit.


Image is everything and so is the experience when it comes to resort design. The shade structure over the lounge chairs, the cabana, the porte cochere. All nice words and what better way to create that  vision than with Fabric.


A tent for every home? Maybe not but why not. The outdoor family room, the seasonal tent for a BBQ, the party tent, the gazebo. All great ideas which work in fabric.


Both owner and end user love this! Owners love to use that outdoor space. Customers always want the table outside. Fabric structures solve that on both a sunny and rainy day.

You ready to shop?

You ready to eat?

You ready to play?

The Answer?

Outdoor Living.

Try a fabric structure on your next retail, restaurant, residential and resort experience.

Next week, you will be ready for some “S”.

10 Fabric Architecture Trends for 2011

1. Fabric Structure Brands will become essential:

There will be a need to buy from a company with Experience. Too many “fly by night” fabricators will continue to show up out from no where. Consumers are too smart.

2. Consumers will challenge the Industry:

Consumers will challenge the industry with never before heard of ideas for fabric structures. You can Follow, Lead, Adapt  or be left behind.

3. Price will continue to be King:

Yes. It’s good to be the King but relationship and comfort are a close second. You want to feel comfortable with the person or company you are working with. Ask for a discount and look out for a discount if you purchase material in advance.

4. Made in the USA:

We , in the USA, always find our clothes and products are being made overseas. Because of the declining dollar, there will be a trend to see more things like fabric structures being made in the USA.

5. Wear the brand proudly:

Coffee cups, pens and USB sticks will be replaced with shirts, hats and other clothing as gift and promotional items. We will all be walking billboards of our building products. I want a FabricArchitect T-shirt!

6. Healthy products and Services will be desirable:

Healthy products and services will expand beyond food and drink and personal trainers. Look for fabric structures which provide health benefits and reduce your spending.

7. Social Media will be your best advisor and critic:

You can Google people and companies but Social Media will give you up to the minute stats on structures, places and things and the good, the bad and the ugly.

8. Give, Donate, Dedicate will outperform Self-Promotion:

Iconic structures will not be the main reason for investing in a fabric structure. It will be to give people shade without them asking, donate a simple structure to your alma mater as a thank you, dedicate an entry canopy or a walkway cover without the desire to cut a ribbon.

9. Spontaneity requires shade.

We live in a fast paced society with special events going on a round the world from concerts to meetings to overnight festivals. We also built so fast during the last ten years we forgot to provide added protection. Protection from the elements will be a need not a want.  Look for temporary to permanent buildings, exterior shading devices on the outside and unique shading devices on the inside.

10. The color of Fabric Structures?:

Fabric Structures have gone from white (the color) to green (recycle, reduce, reuse) to blue (produce energy, provide benefits, perform).

The sky’s the limit.

Pilgrimage to Suburbia or Ocean Grove. Greetings from Fabrictown

The pilgrimage to Mecca is a sight very few get to see as millions of devout Muslims visit the holy city each year and stay in identical tents.
This incredible aerial view of the tents, pitched close together and stretching out as far as the eye can see reminds me of the photos I saw of Levittown, NY and Ocean Grove, NJ as a kid.

Levittown got its name from its builder, William Levitt, who built the district as a planned community between 1947 and 1951. William Levitt is considered the father of modern suburbia. Levittown was the first truly mass-produced suburb and is widely regarded as the example for postwar suburbs throughout our country.

Ocean Grove is both classic and simple.  Surrounding the historical  Great Auditorium are 114 tents, which are occupied from May to September, just as they have been since 1869. These rustic soft cabins adjoin to rear sheds containing a kitchen and bathroom. The tents are stored in the sheds during the winter. They are in such demand that there is a waiting list of some ten years for summer rentals.

Fabric Structures like tents and yurts look and work beautifully when designed and planned properly.

Let me know if I can help you build your Fabrictown or  Ocean Tent Grove.