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.


Taubman Complex Taubman Complex

Morphosis Architects, Albert Kahn Associates

White Walls White Walls

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Villa 131 Villa 131

Bracket Design Studio

Rodin 33 Rodin 33

Carlos Marin

PS96X Addition PS96X Addition

MDSzerbaty+Associates Architecture LLC

Allianz Tower Allianz Tower

Arata Isozaki & Associates, Andrea Maffei Architects

Hankook Tire R+D Centre Hankook Tire R+D Centre

Foster + Partners

East 5th Street East 5th Street

Touloukian Touloukian

China Philharmonic Hall China Philharmonic Hall

MAD Architects

Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre

Patkau Architects, Kearns Mancini Architects

UTEC Lima Campus UTEC Lima Campus

Grafton Architects

Tower 41 Tower 41

Alberto Kalach

Pachacamac Museum Pachacamac Museum

Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Zifeng Tower Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Zifeng Tower

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

House of Rolf House of Rolf

Studio Rolf.fr

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