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Fabric Structures

No Boundaries

Fabric structures, the once and always lightweight workhorse, create a limitless design dimension.

Twenty years ago, the phrase “fabric architecture” referred to an outdoor tent or restaurant awning. Today, an ever-expanding palette of materials and vastly improved structural, lighting, and graphic technologies allow fabrics to escape the awning and take on new roles: multimedia canvas, iconic sculpture, branded totem, and architectural skin, just to name a few.

Harry Ransom Center

Buried Treasure

Austin's Harry Ransom Center uses environmental graphics to unveil its mission and collections.

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin’s renowned literary archive, is home to some of the world’s most valuable cultural treasures. Its collections include one of only 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, a rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and one of Jack Kerouac’s spiral-bound journals for On the Road.

Dell Children's Medical Center

On Axis with Nature

A new children's hospital with LEED ambitions takes an organic approach to wayfinding.

It’s not often that hospital wayfinding systems are created from the ground up, but when new construction is involved, designers have a rare opportunity to integrate wayfinding cues into the architectural fabric of the building. And when that hospital is built to LEED standards, a whole new vocabulary of materials and processes is created.

Mijksenaar on Wayfinding

Graphic for Paul Mijksenaars Wayfinding at Schipol Airport

Information designer Paul Mijksenaar says too many airport wayfinding systems focus on aesthetics over function, and color-coding is "one of the most-abused forms of wayfinding." Mijksenaar, keynote speaker at the SEGD/ASMN Airport & Transportation Workshop October 3-4 in Phoenix, spoke with eg magazine about his wayfinding app.

You can read the interview here.

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