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EcoCeramic Masonry System
  • Title: EcoCeramic Masonry System
  • Entrant: Jason Vollen, RA, Principal Investigator, Kelly Winn, lead researcher
  • Credits: CASE | Center for Architecture Science and Ecology Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Category: Technical Design – Grand Prize
  • About: Biomimicry studies evident in this entry are intriguing. This submission showcases the ability to look at new ceramic based wall assemblies. Strategies include thermal dynamics, self-shading, moisture reduction, hydroscopic, evaporative, and termite behavior studies. This entry lends an exciting conversation about the potential of ceramic material.
Climate Camouflage
  • Title: Climate Camouflage
  • Entrant: Jason Vollen, RA, Principal Investigator, Kelly Winn, lead researcher
  • Credits: CASE | Center for Architecture Science and Ecology Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rendering: Prof. Ted nGai
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Category: Technical Design – Honorable Mention
  • About: This entry demonstrates a very advanced understanding and usage of geometry and material science. The thermal simulations are intriguing, and there is much potential for further development of the energy savings. The concepts behind these units involve a great deal of science.
BrickBead
  • Title: Bead Brick
  • Entrant: Rizal Muslimin
  • Credits: Images Credit: - Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Page 1 - Middle Right: Contemporary Beading Design - Marylin Gardiner; - Page 1 - Middle Left: Grain growth packing during the sintering process - Verband der Keramischen Industrie e.V; - Page 1 - Upper Left: SEM images - Logger9; - Page 1 - Upper Middle: Indonesian Beadworks - Gerald Gay; - Page 1 - Upper Left: Dayak Traditional Beadworks - Kal Muller; - Page 4 - Left: The Kasongan Potters - Luca Tettoni; - Page 4 - Right: Rehabilitation of the old city of Shibam - GTZ Technical Office and Anne De Henning
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Category: Technical Design – Honorable Mention
  • About: There is an interesting analysis of porous walls in urban conditions lending to change in microclimates in and around buildings. Indigenous and local craftsman can show their skills on buildings with this technology. There is an ability to modulate the environmental factors including sunshine, wind, thermal mass, and evaporative cooling. This entry is uplifting and a joyful expression using ceramic materials.

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