JULY 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE 12TH ANNUAL R+D AWARDS
2018 R+D Awards 12th Annual R+D AwardsFrom more than 100 submissions, the jury recognized 10 entries whose purpose, process, and innovation exemplify architecture’s multidisciplinary potential.
2018 R+D Awards Citation: Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab Aims to Save Communities Above and Below WaterTo preserve and promote indigenous marine life, the Architectural Ecologies Lab at the California College of the Arts turned to the phenomenon of biofouling.
2018 R+D Awards Citation: Thinness Redefines Lightweight ConcreteAptum Architecture, in Syracuse, N.Y., and global concrete manufacturer Cemex create a 10-foot-tall pavilion with walls that are a mere 2 centimeters thick.
2018 R+D Awards Citation: Robotic Needle Felting Stitches New PossibilitiesUniversity of Michigan faculty members Tsz Yan Ng, Wesley McGee, and Asa Peller take the age-old process to the next level: automation.
2018 R+D Awards Citation: Limb, a Fantastical Take on Timber ConstructionUniversity of Michigan faculty members Steven Mankouche, Peter von Bülow, and Kasey Vliet leverage the inherent strength of tree crotches to create 3D structures.
2018 R+D Awards Citation: MineralBuilt, a New CMU Block Designed by ArchitectsIn searching for a product with the strength of concrete but flexibility of wood framing, Francisco Gomes and Dabney Staub created their own building block.
2018 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Functional Façade, Made with a Robot for Cornell Tech’s Emma and Georgina Bloomberg CenterAutomation helped Morphosis and A. Zahner Co. realize a bespoke rainscreen for the innovative academic building in New York.
2018 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Precautionary List, a User-Friendly Guide to GreenAs part of Perkins+Will’s effort to make the construction process more transparent, the firm created a free, online database of materials and chemicals often found in building products.
2018 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Here East Gantry, a Medley of Studios From a Kit of PartsHawkins\Brown Architects deploys WikiHouse software to output 23 memorable studios in a steel gantry in London.
2018 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Social Sensory Architectures Offers Comfort and Healing Through DesignUniversity of Michigan assistant professor Sean Ahlquist explores the impact of architecture on autism and sensory processing disorder.
2018 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Hydroformed Shading, a Metal Feature Shaped by WaterFor Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Behnisch Architekten created a system that would minimize the building’s energy load and maximize visual interest.
Prefabricated Housing Blokable’s Quest to Disrupt PrefabCan a Seattle startup help solve our affordable housing crisis?
Books Exhibitions that Transformed ArchitectureEeva-Liisa Pelkonen’s “Exhibit A” profiles the most influential shows of the postwar era.
TECH + PRACTICE
Best Practices Public Relations for Small FirmsDesign practices offer strategies for when—and when not—to solicit outside PR help.
Innovative Detail The Canadian National Arts Centre’s Hexagonal Ceiling CoffersA mesmerizing array of geometries constructed in glulam timber greets visitors entering a new expansion by Diamond Schmitt Architects of the historical Brutalist structure in Ottawa.
Next Progressives Independent ArchitectureThis Denver-based practice emphasizes form, repetition, and suburban culture.
Opinion Imani Day: Let’s Get Real About DiversityThough architecture firms may purport to champion diversity, their claims often fall flat when questioned for actual examples and data.
Products How to Specify Carpet TileHere’s what architects and designers need to look for in modular carpet for commercial applications.
Out-to-Out HouseLEFT Architects
Rebuild or Replace What Will Happen to the Glasgow School of Art?A second fire in four years has left the Charles Rennie Mackintosh masterpiece a smoldering shell. The battle over the building’s future is just beginning.
AIA Voices Advocacy at All LevelsThere are no passive advocates.
AIA Now Saarinen Soars AgainOne of Eero Saarinen’s masterpieces is being restored.
AIA Feature Preserve or Raze?Preservation experts in three cities explain how and why a building is deemed worthy of protection.
AIA Practice Improve Your Firm, Hire for Culture FitPrioritizing culture fit over technological savvy in the hiring process can yield surprising results.
AIA Perspective Carbon or Architecture?The architectural design imperative of our time is here.
FjordenhusStudio Olafur Eliasson
Serpentine Pavilion 2018Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura
Awards The 11 Winners of the 2018 AIA Small Project AwardsThe annual program celebrates work that is modest in budget and scale.
2018 Venice Biennale John Wardle Transports Visitors at the Venice BiennaleThe Melbourne-based architect plays with perspective in his installation “Somewhere Other” in the “Freespace” exhibition at the Arsenale.