The 2013 R+D Awards

First Award Winner: Morphfaux

First Award Winner: Morphfaux

Eschewing the flatness of conventional building walls, Archolab is revitalizing the centuries-old craft of plasterwork with help from—what else?—a robot.

Winner: Num Num Flatware

Winner: Num Num Flatware

Design and planning firm NADAAA tackled a problem that hungered for a solution: Create a collection of utensils that looks good and performs even better.

Winner: Green Roof Vegetation Study

Winner: Green Roof Vegetation Study

KieranTimberlake dares to investigate the condition of vegetative roofs years after they’re exposed to the real world.

Winner: EcoMod

Winner: EcoMod

The University of Virginia is redefining the notion of high-performance, modular housing, beginning in the neighborhoods that need it most.

Winner: Wireless Sensor Network

Winner: Wireless Sensor Network

The basic steps to improving building performance—add insulation, update windows, etc.—are obvious, but KieranTimberlake wanted to prove that they work.

Winner: Electroform(alism)

Winner: Electroform(alism)

With computer-derived geometries and a love for craft, Akoaki found new architectural applications for a 19th-century technique.

Winner: AEC-Apps

Winner: AEC-Apps

Now, more than ever before, innovation in architecture is happening in the digital world, as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Case Design’s new network demonstrates.

Winner: Artaic Innovative Mosaic

Winner: Artaic Innovative Mosaic

The beauty of a mosaic mural was only enhanced by the inherent understanding of the painstaking effort behind its creation. That is, until Artaic came along.

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