‘Frei stands for freedom, as free and as liberating as a bird in flight, swooping and soaring in elegant and joyful arcs, (…) and as compelling in its economy of line and in the improbability of its engineering as it is possible to imagine, giving the marriage of form and function the invisibility of the air we breathe, and the beauty we see in nature.’ The words of the Pritzker Prize jury on this year’s laureate, Frei Otto.
The highest accolade for architecture internationally will be awarded posthumously on 15 May to the German architect who made his name with the tented-roof construction of the Munich Olympic Stadium and can be regarded as the father of textile architecture. Which is why we’re exploring in our main feature the creative, functional and ecological possibilities of textiles use in contemporary projects.
And Architonic is developing its competence in textiles, too. Designtextiles.com, the portal that we’ve developed with seven high-end brands (currently all from the German-speaking countries), shows you the space-shaping and functional advantages of textiles in architecture, as well as their variety in terms of design. What’s more, Architonic has curated the exhibition ‘Textiled Spaces – Photography by Deidi von Schaewen’, which runs from 4 to 7 May at Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens.
Here’s what you’ll find in our April Newsletter:
Architonic Photo Tours: Milano Design Week 2015
Architexture: textiles go constructional
Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Eight projects are singled out in the Techtextil competition ‘Textile structures for new building’
Inspiring Search Results No. 40: Screen fabrics
Inspiring Spaces No. 32: Infrastructure buildings
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic
Architonic’s newsletter for April 2015 can be read (and subscribed to) here.