Top trends in fabric structures

Top trends in fabric structures

The evolution of fabric structures spans from the simple tents of ancient civilisations to the creative and flexible designs that are pushing the boundaries of modern architecture today.

Top trends in fabric structures

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Why fabric is fantastic

Traditional construction materials such as metal, stone, and cement now have a friend in fabric. Tensile architecture provides a flexibility that cannot be achieved with other construction materials.

Advances in technology, together with the work of renowned architect, Frei Otto, are largely responsible for the rise in popularity of fabric architecture. According to RIBA, Otto’s interest in function, minimalism and structure have led to a revival of the tensile form.

Technology, tents and trends

Companies are creating designs that add exciting visual interest and creativity. Demand is also increasing for bespoke design and innovative tensile architecture. Versatile alternatives are available, such as the fabric structures by Fabric Architecture.

Large scale fabric projects range from sports venues, to the impressive Haj Terminal in Saudi Arabia. The latter covers a vast 105 acres with 210 cone-shaped canopies providing shelter to over one hundred thousand pilgrims travelling to Mecca.

Gone are the days of the standard white tent. A variety of colours are available resulting in branding and marketing opportunities. In addition, the increasing use of inflatable tensile structures is having a great impact on the development of the product.

These are easily portable and are currently popular at concerts and open-air events. The product is naturally translucent and so, with simple illumination, can have a powerful marketing impact.

Tensile architecture requires fewer traditional building components, and therefore can be easily installed and removed. In a fast-moving world, the facility to build and take down at speed and with ease is appealing.

Costs of fabric structures are lower than ever. The “building” is lightweight requiring less steel and reduced maintenance. The fabric reflects the sun, adding to energy efficiency. In addition, modern tensile fabrics can withstand harsh weather conditions, from the Arctic to the desert.

Customisation is the trend of the moment. Recent advances in the development of kinetic options, such as retractable walls and ceilings offer a versatility that bricks and mortar cannot provide.

It’s clear that fabric offers a dynamic and elegant design alternative, and is set to continue to grow in popularity in future.

You might end up with a computer in your brain one day after all

You might end up with a computer in your brain one day after all

Over the years we have all become familiar with the idea of computers getting smaller and more portable, with today’s smartphones having more computing power than the systems that took the Apollo spacecraft to the moon!

You might end up with a computer in your brain one day after all

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We are increasingly seeing the rise of wearable devices that monitor our activity and allow us to stay connected anywhere. We are also seeing the rise of more intelligent machines, making technologies such as self-driving cars possible, but what about a computer embedded in your brain? This is science fiction, surely?

Augmented humanity

A Californian company is working on a chip that can be implanted in the brains of people who have suffered neurological damage from strokes, concussion or diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The hope is that this will lead to a boost in memory, intelligence and other mental tasks.

Although real-life applications of this device are likely to be years away, the idea points to a future of augmented humanity or bio-hacking whereby you can re-engineer parts of the body just as you could with software. This leads to the possibility of someday being able to reprogram your DNA.

It also has the potential to deliver direct communication with computers and smartphones without the need for a keyboard or touchscreen. This will place even greater emphasis on the role of the mobile software testing company, as businesses such as will need to ensure that applications are safe and secure.

New brain

Already we are seeing medical science becoming reliant on big data to spot future health trends and help develop solutions for them. The idea of embedded computers could take this a step further, allowing the direct collection of data on conditions such as diabetes.

It seems logical to take this a step further and use the technology to help correct conditions. The brain, which relies for its operation on electrical signals, is an obvious choice. A chip would be able to intercept an incorrect signal and replace it with the correct one, allowing people with dementia, for example, to live a more normal life.

We may not be quite at the situation of Monty Python’s housewives phoning Currys to order a new brain, but the possibility of having some kind of embedded chip to augment your brain’s abilities is closer than you think.

The impact of the Rule 40 marketing waiver at the Olympics

The impact of the Rule 40 marketing waiver at the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has announced a shakeup of marketing rules that could have a profound impact at future Olympic games. Before Rio, only official sponsors could benefit from the thousands of hours of free commercial exposure for their brands, with athletes banned from so much as tweeting about their non-Olympic sponsors.

The impact of the Rule 40 marketing waiver at the Olympics

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Clever campaigns

All this is about to change. Now brands such as Under Armour can use the 250-plus athletes it sponsors – including Michael Phelps – to run campaigns during the Olympics, allowing them to bask in a little reflected Olympic glory.

Virgin Media has used Usain Bolt’s world record time of 9.58 seconds to create a campaign that emphasises the speed of its services and buys into the Olympic buzz around the Jamaican sprinter. Similar adverts were pulled from TV during London 2012 over the period of the Rule 40 blackout.

All non-sponsors were required to submit a waiver request by January, including plans for all social media campaigns, and the Under Armour campaign complied with strict provisos that there be no Olympic symbols displayed or overt mentions of keywords such as ‘Rio’ and ‘gold’.

Why the change?

The IOC, citing the need to protect athletes’ rights and to generate much-needed sponsorship revenue to support their Olympic dream, approved the critical rule change last February. This means that athletes will no longer have to disrupt ongoing advertising campaigns during the Rule 40 period that has protected the Olympics’ official sponsors.

Impact on non-Olympic sports and sponsors

The rule relaxation has benefited companies such as Red Bull, Gatorade and Kellogg’s, which was able to feature Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles on Special K boxes during the Olympics. Theoretically, if a company such as Sportplan were to advertise its netball drills by sportplan using Olympic-style footage of teams practising netball drills, this would now be possible under the Rule 40 waiver.

What is the long-term impact?

With relatively few companies exploiting the relaxation in Rule 40 during Rio, the long-term impact is not yet clear; however, with Olympic global partners paying $200m (£151m) for the privilege of officially promoting the Games for each four-year cycle, advertising strategies will need to become ever more creative for the protected brands to maximise the return on their Olympic investment.

Wedding Saved by Kindhearted Staff After Hampshire Venue Closes

Wedding Saved by Kindhearted Staff After Hampshire Venue Closes

A Hampshire couple were overwhelmed when staff members volunteered to work at their wedding after the venue unexpectedly closed down.

Wedding Saved by Kindhearted Staff After Hampshire Venue Closes

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The Kindness Of Strangers

The staff at the South Marston Hotel and Leisure Club have been commended by the couple and organisers for their hard work and kindness, volunteering to work for no pay to save a couple’s wedding from disaster.

Due to take place on a Saturday, newly-wed couple Amanda Mularczyk and Adam Sanders were notified on the Thursday that the venue was closing down. Having booked the party for 200 guests years in advance, spending thousands in the process, the couple were devastated.

However quick-thinking and compassionate hotel staff who had lost their jobs stepped in on the Saturday as planned, to ensure the wedding party went smoothly. In spite of having been told that they would not be paid the month’s wages, as many as a dozen former members of staff decided that the couple’s big day should not suffer and that they would work regardless.

“We have been overwhelmed by the team’s efforts,” the groom Adam Sanders, 35, told a local newspaper. “They bent over backwards for us.”

Unforeseen Circumstances

While the venue had announced in May that it expected to close down in October, the date was abruptly brought forward and could have left the couple bitterly disappointed. In spite of many couples planning their weddings over a year in advance, such events are not uncommon. While regular guests may be somewhat inconvenienced, a wedding party may have taken months or longer to plan, and at considerable expense.

In the Hampshire area alone, a number of other venues recently closed down including Alexandra House in Wroughton, Blunsdon House Hotel, and The Wiltshire Hotel Golf and Leisure Club.

Adam Sanders and Amanda Mularczyk were fortunate enough to be helped by kind and selfless staff, but with additional forward-thinking and preparation, other couples can help to spare themselves from stressful last minute changes. Booking reputable venues and churches such as those approved by the Church Of England, and respected services such as experienced Hampshire wedding photographer can help to avoid disappointment.

The couple’s party organised a small donation to the staff for their efforts and were delighted that the happy day could progress as planned, in spite of unforeseen circumstances.

Pampering and preparing your dog for a dog show

Pampering and preparing your dog for a dog show

Dogs are a popular pet, so this is why entering and showing them in dog shows is also a popular pastime among dog owners. Here we look at what is required in order to get your dog ready in terms of grooming, and ensuring that your pet is ready to take on the challenge of a dog show.

Pampering and preparing your dog for a dog show

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According to the RSPCA, in 2015 there were 8.5 million dogs in the UK making them the most popular pets, with cats coming a close second. It is no surprise therefore that many of the UK’s dog owners enjoy taking their pooches to dog shows where they can not only show off their physical skills but also the way that they look.

Before the Show

One of the main things to do before the show is pack all of the things you will need for the day, including items such as a show collar and lead, water and a water bowl, poo bags and items for additional grooming before the show. You may also want to visit other shows with your dog so that they can get an idea of what a dog show is all about. Practice is also important, so spend some time teaching your dog how to walk and behave properly.

The best time to bath your dog is the day before the show so that their coat has time to dry properly. You may also want to have booked your dog into a service such as dog grooming in Cheltenham like that offered by the day before the show. This will save you time on the day of the show itself.

On the Day of the Show

On the day of the show itself, it is always a good idea to use a travel crate. This is an ideal way to transport your dog to the show as well as somewhere to keep your dog while waiting until it is time to take part. It is usual to decide which class to enter in a show on the day itself, as you will be able to see which ones would be suitable for your dog. The show itself is supposed to be fun, so wherever your dog finishes, make sure you both enjoy the experience.

Some tips to avoid mismatches intestinal holiday

Some tips to avoid mismatches intestinal holiday

In summer trips and transfers to different areas of habitual residence are something that is on the agenda. There are many people who are affected by these changes, and we change habits completely, and in many cases usually appear digestive disturbances such as diarrhea or constipation. Therefore, and to avoid the maximum we need to be able to be prevented by a series of habits we want to be implemented not ruin the holiday.

First and foremost necessary to note that intestinal disturbances are very common at this time of year. Keep in mind that the change of water, eating habits, activity … are some of the causes that can make us see affected. Our stomach is the first thing that suffers and so we will go over some simple tips to consider before this happens. » Read more

Who owns your company?

Who owns your company

“The purpose of a business is not simply profit; this purpose must be found in its very existence as a community of people who strive to satisfy various forms their basic needs, and who form a particular group at the service of the whole. society profit is a regulator of life as a business, but not the only one; there are other human and moral factors must be considered and that in the long term, are at least as important to the life of a business”.

Even in the economic scenario around us and increasingly consolidated neoliberal currents, although in some countries cunningly camouflaged as progressive theories of center or left, I must admit that meet these quotes in some business management books is like a soft sting that impels to further strengthen the ideas, so often expressed in this column about the need to reorient the management of people (employees and customers) to humanistic models that consider the benefit of the company as more important than a number in the income statement, which only benefit (forgive the redundancy) shareholders or former leaders. » Read more