2010 R+D Awards

Fourth Annual R+D Awards

Fourth Annual R+D Awards

This year's jury selected 11 winners—ranging from sustainable housing to steam-bending and rubber sinks—based on a combination of performance, aesthetics, and progressive thinking.

Award: Digital Steam-Bending

Award: Digital Steam-Bending

A University of Michigan research group has revisited the 19th century technique of bending wood through steam with 21st century tools.

Award: R-House

Award: R-House

Designed by two New York architecture firms, the compact R-House offers a prototype for low-energy housing that’s also affordable and adaptable.

Award: RUBBiSH (Recycled Rubber Sinks)

Award: RUBBiSH (Recycled Rubber Sinks)

In the world of green, worth is usually measured in acronyms—VOCs, IAQ, FSC, etc. Minarc's rubber sink, however, has a pedigree so pure, no acronyms are necessary.

The team compiled a database of information that helped determine carbon emissions for buildings in the Chicago Loop. These emissions can now be visualized on a color spectrum from red (very high emissions) to dark green (low emissions).

Award: Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, known for net-zero and positive-energy designs, is helping its hometown of Chicago meet carbon-reduction goals.

Award: North House: Responsive Envelope Prototyping

Award: North House: Responsive Envelope Prototyping

Designed for the 2009 Solar Decathlon, RVTR/Team North's 800-square-foot prototype house is tailor-made for northern climates.

Award: Green-Zip Tape

Award: Green-Zip Tape

It’s hard to get simpler in conception and execution than Green-Zip Tape, a substitute for the joint-compound tape that's been used between gypsum board panels since the 1930s.

Award: Shadow Pavilion

Award: Shadow Pavilion

The surface of PLY Architecture's Shadow Pavilion consists of 100-plus laser-cut cones that test the limits of sheet aluminum while funneling in light, moisture, and sound.

Citation: Community Rowing Boathouse

Citation: Community Rowing Boathouse

When the only public-access rowing club on the Charles River required a new facility, Anmahian Winton Architects saw a chance to update the vocabulary of local rowing structures.

To help visualize the three-dimensional quality of the surface, the team went through a prototyping process that involved popping bubble wrap over a pattern of planned raised, flat, and depressed dots.

Citation: Bitmaps

Wallpaper isn't everyone's cup of tea. In response to a client’s interest in 3D wall paneling, PROJECTiONE set out to invent a system of ornamental tiles.

Citation: New York Stock Exchange Security and Streetscape

Citation: New York Stock Exchange Security and Streetscape

Street security is omnipresent in urban centers. Finding existing options for New York's financial district lacking, Rogers Marvel Architects developed the Turntable Vehicle Barrier.

HelioTrace is composed of three systems: exterior shading (both shades that are perpendicular to the building, far left, and shades parallel to the fa§ade, second from left); a high-performance curtain wall; and complementary M/E/P and building systems.

Citation: HelioTrace Façade System

SOM combines kinetic shades, the building envelope, and internal mechanicals into an adaptive façade that minimizes energy use while maximizing user comfort.

Projects

Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel

Stefano Boeri Architetti

One Hundred One Hundred

Studio Gang Architects

Emigration House Emigration House

Steven Christensen Architecture

Morgan Phoa Library and Residence Morgan Phoa Library and Residence

Studio Pali Fekete Architects

MGM National Harbor MGM National Harbor

HKS Architects, SmithGroupJJR

B. Amsterdam B. Amsterdam

Next Architects

Maison Stéphane Hessel Maison Stéphane Hessel

JDS Architects

Main East Side Lofts Main East Side Lofts

1100 Architect

Pino Familia Pino Familia

Moon Hoon

Terrace 459 Terrace 459

Landon Bone Baker Architects

Underhill Underhill

Bates Masi + Architects

AIDS Memorial AIDS Memorial

Studio ai Architects

German School Madrid German School Madrid

Grüntuch Ernst Architects

The Point The Point

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Evering Road Evering Road

Scenario Architecture

Shoji Screen House Shoji Screen House

Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

Sunday House Sunday House

Teeland Architects

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