2009 R+D Awards

 

2009 R+D Awards

  • Light is also directed by the curved shape of the fixture's housing, one of the object's distinctive aesthetic features.

    LED Streetlight

    The Office for Visual Interaction designed a prototype LED streetlight for New York to cut down on energy use.

     
  • The design for the staircase is centered on folded stainless steel. Hung from a structural steel support on the top level of the townhouse, vertical folded pieces create a continuous screen that encloses the two above-grade flights of stairs. Tabs on the bent risers are fitted into slots on the vertical pieces, which created an easy setup for on-site construction and spot-welding.

    Dynamic Descent

    Dean/Wolf Architects designs a folded stainless steel staircase for a Manhattan townhouse.

     
  • A mock-up of the SFIS with bundled plastic bottles. Most plastic water bottles are discarded with the caps on; capped, empty bottles are airtight and can be placed within a concrete structure to create a void. Hydrostatic pressure from wet concrete will only nominally reduce the air volume inside the bottles.

    Sustainable Form-Inclusion System

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design a prototype system that uses plastic bottles, bags, and other compressed waste to lighten and fill spaces in concrete slabs.

     
  • Trumpf Campus Gatehouse

    Barkow Leibinger Architects use 2D and 3D cutting and casting technology to create a huge cantilevered roof for the Gatehouse building on Trumpf's campus.

     
  • Glass stringer beams rely on the support of load-bearing glass walls to hold the weight of the booth's glowing red staircase and the tourists lounging upon it. The glass pieces are connected with stainless steel brackets and pins, but there is no load-bearing metal in the structure.

    TKTS Booth

    Perkins Eastman's design for the new TKTS Booth in New York relies on a series of trusses and bearing walls made entirely from glass.

     
  • Ecoworx backing for broadloom carpet was engineered as a cradle-to-cradle product, which can be reclaimed at the end of the product's life cycle, broken down into its component pieces, and completely recycled into new commercial-grade carpet.

    Ecoworx Backing for Broadloom Carpet

    Shaw Industries created a cradle-to-cradle solution for broadloom carpet backing.

     
  • Solar tube density varies on the different faces of the tower. The highest concentration is on the south façade, in an effort to harness the maximum amount of solar energy to convert to steam power.

    Oasis Generator

    SOM's Chicago office engineers a desalinization tower that aims to make the seaside desert a bit more habitable.

     
  • The model allowed the architects to create a series of visualizations that can help them consider the limitations on certain projects. This diagram shows the city's current height limits, and highlights both the number of buildings built before current limits were passed and the potential for other sites to increase vertical density.

    San Francisco Digital Content Analysis Model

    A 3D model of San Francisco developed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is being used to track old and new construction and determine the viability of future developments.

     
  • Rhinobond Roof Attachment System

    Sika Sarnafil create a mechanical attachment system to bond thermoplastic membranes to roofs without damaging them.

     
  • Voussoir Cloud

    IwamotoScott Architecture creates a lightweight structure of compression arches out of wood laminate for SCI-Arc.

     
 
 
 
 

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