On March 10th the Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled an upcoming project with Cornell University.
Bruce Graev, a Cornell University alumnus and Center for the Arts board member, is spearheading the partnership. He announced that the Center for the Arts was selected by the Cornell University Department of Architecture to take part in a collaborative design project.
Come April 1st, the Center for the Arts will play host to a group of graduate and postgraduate Cornell University architecture students. The students, under the guidance of Professor Kent L. Hubbell, Cornell University Professor in the Department of Architecture, will spend the week creating possible design ideas for a stressed membrane/fabric structure.
“We have the privilege of having a group of these students come down to Marco Island to work with the Center for the Arts and looking at the possibility of stretch fabric structures,” said Bruce Graev.
The proposed stressed membrane structures, which are constructed out of fiberglass and Teflon, are used all over the world, despite being a relatively new technology. They look like big, white canopies, with dramatic swooping angles. According to Graev, the structures are energy efficient, structurally sound and could be “designed to work very well in a place like Marco Island.” The structures have also been shown to lower operational costs. Examples of these structures can be found across the United States from the Rosa Parks Transit Center in Detroit, Michigan to the Denver International Airport in Colorado.
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