2009 R+D Awards

2009 R+D Awards

2009 R+D Awards

Introducing the third annual ARCHITECT magazine 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

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

Rhinobond Roof Attachment System

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

Voussoir Cloud

Voussoir Cloud

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

Pin-Fuse Joint

Pin-Fuse Joint

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designs a building frame that rolls with the impact of an earthquake and then returns to form when the aftershocks are finished.

Green Wall Systems: Active Phytoremediation Wall System

Green Wall Systems: Active Phytoremediation Wall System

Green wall systems are a balm for cubicle-weary office workers as well as a great energy-saver. The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology creates a new modular green wall system that bares the plants roots and increases air-cleaning efficiency.

Dry Joist EZ has only two SKUs: an 8" main board and the 4" multi board pictured here, which is an all-in-one start board, finish board, and railing mount. Flashing receivers and cut lines are extruded into the multi board.

Dry Joist and Dry Joist EZ

Wahoo Decks creates a flexible, weather-resistant system of aluminum decking.

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