Category Architecture

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Textile antennas for use in space

In Steven Spielberg’s film of the 1980s, all that was needed for E.T. to build an aerial to telephone home were a few everyday objects, including an umbrella and a coat hanger. These days, our little Extra Terrestrial would doubtless have to create something a bit more elaborate to communicate with his home planet. Ronny ... Read more...

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Textile facade soaks up pollutants from the air

Numerous studies show that nitrogen oxides are harmful to both humans and nature. The main cause is, above all, the traffic on the roads. An architect from Aachen now wants to trap this number-one air pollutant using coated fibres. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Wonders of technology

Nowadays technical textiles are an inescapable part of almost every aspect of our daily life: from specialised outdoor or protective clothing, to medical textiles with antibacterial effects, to flame-resistant upholstery and decorative fabrics, to textile-reinforced concrete, or extended-area fabrics for roofing purposes. Common to all are the technical functions, based on years of research and ... Read more...

Studentenwettbewerb

Shadow games with pantyhose

This was the fifteenth time that the Techtextil “Textile Structures for New Building” Sponsorship Prize has been awarded to students and young graduates. When it came to choosing materials for their designs, many prize-winners rummaged through their own wardrobe. Ronny Eckert Read more...

CUBE – Model of the first building to be constructed using textile-reinforced concrete (Visualisation: Iurii Vakaliuk, TU Dresden)

Ancient Rome, new Rottweil

There are still no travel companies offering trips to sites and monuments that have been milestones in the use of textiles as a building material – all of them major architectural achievements of their time. Lilliffer Seiler Read more...

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‘Fiber starters’: exotic nights in the cube

Almost everyone has slept in a tent under the stars at some time or other (in more or less comfort). But who would think of pitching their sleeping place in a museum, a cinema, or even on a bunker? This is exactly what the start-up company ‘sleeperoo’ is doing. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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What became of …?

At Techtextil 2017, a new kind of knitted material made from basalt, which affords protection against underwater fouling on the piling for wind turbines and bridges, took home the ‘Techtextil Innovation Award’ in the ‘New Applications’ category. What became of it? Ronny Eckert Read more...