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Mountainside amphitheater

Iconic fabric tensile structure accommodates guests and protects against the elements.
By Bruce N. Wright, AIA | July 1, 2015

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colo., is a spectacular outdoor venue with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Each summer, the Amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from internationally renowned dance and classical music performances to local-artist presentations. [More]

Lessons in community, ecology

Fabric roof hovers over spaces used for environmental teaching.
By Kathy Carlson | July 1, 2015

SaroshMulla received an AMP National Scholarship for his leadership of the Longbush Welcome Shelter, where he served not only as architect but also as community organizer and team leader for volunteers who constructed the facility. Photos: ©Simon Devitt. [More]

Awning or tensile structure? Part 1

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions and distinct engineering challenges—to the commercial shade products market.
July 1, 2015

The Wickham Park Hotel of Newcastle, Australia, commissioned Shade to Order to design, fabricate and install a freeform tensile shade structure over its outdoor eating plaza. As a nod to the hotel’s nautical theme, the canted support columns are made of 400mm-diameter solid ironbark hardwood with flattop metal caps; the cable-edged fabric is 802 PVC-polyester from Serge Ferrari. Photo: Shade to Order Pty. Ltd. [More]