2007 R+D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

First Annual R + D Awards

It is all too easy, when looking at a finished project, product, or building, to forget that it took a massive effort to reach that point of refined completion.

LOOM founder Ralph Nelson was one of the primary investigators on the research project that developed 12 unique patterns and profiles for the concrete masonry unit.

12 Blocks

The Challenge: How can the standard concrete masonry unit be re-examined, renewed, and ultimately improved?

Led by Frano Violich and Sheila Kenned, the project team conducted research on the properties and capabilities of photovoltaic (PV) cells.looking at how soft PV cells can be woven into a malleable fabric.

Soft House

Kennedy & Violich Architecture took a radical first step in designing the Soft House, replacing many of the hard wall surfaces of a standard prefabricated house with movable curtains that contain embedded nanotechnology and thin-film photovoltaics.

The Riddled Furniture series was designed for manufacture by the Italian furniture company Horm by Nick Gelpi and Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects.

Riddled Furniture

The concept of porosity has been a favorite point of exploration in the buildings of Steven Holl Architects, so applying that concept at the scale of furniture seems like a natural progression for the firm.

James Timberlake and Stephen Kieran lead a practice that has conducted a research study into active façades over a series of projects.

Lightweight Facade Systems

KieranTimberlake Associates has developed a strategy to achieve high performance in lightweight facade systems.

The design team at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects was led by Peter van der Meulen, John Breshears, and Mark Perepelitza (left to right).

Atrium Daylight Control System

The Challenge: What kind of system would allow light into an atrium, without casting glare on adjacent work spaces, at the new EPA regional headquarters in Denver?


Millennial Media Millennial Media

Marks, Thomas Architects

Independence Mall Cafe Independence Mall Cafe

Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC

The Radian The Radian

Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC

New Vancouver Art Gallery New Vancouver Art Gallery

Herzog & de Meuron

Seoul Dior Flagship Store Seoul Dior Flagship Store

Christian de Portzamparc, DPJ & Partners, Peter Marino

Montbui Cultural Centre Montbui Cultural Centre

Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP

 96 16th St. 96 16th St.

Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier

McMurtry Building McMurtry Building

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Dominion Office Building Dominion Office Building

Zaha Hadid Architects

NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge: Ice House NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge: Ice House

Clouds Architecture Office, Space Exploration Architecture

Nobel Center Nobel Center

David Chipperfield Architects

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