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Concrete House, Simon Twose 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Concrete House, Simon Twose

Building Case Studies

These concrete screens are arranged in various dynamic ways; leaning, elevated or floating and form the outer carapace to the house. Within this, courtyards are separated off by glass, which threads between the concrete screens. This brings the house in active and equivalent relationship with the landscape.


Aia Pavilion, Gernot Riether (design build studio at GIT) 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Aia Pavilion, Gernot Riether (Design Build Studio At Git)

Building Case Studies

Each template was cut from PETG (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate) sheets, before being thermoformed into shape using a neatly designed adaptable mould. This material can either be produced from recycled plastic, or more pertinent to this location, from sugar cane: a plant that has been an integral part of the culture of Louisiana for over 200 years.


Metal Shutter Houses, Shigeru Ban Architects, Dean Maltz Architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Metal Shutter Houses, Shigeru Ban Architects, Dean Maltz Architects

Building Case Studies

Movable facade serve as light-modulating privacy screen.


Cassia Coop Training Canter, TYIN tegnestue Architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Cassia Coop Training Canter, Tyin Tegnestue Architects

Building Case Studies

Earthquake resistant with different oscillating frequency in each brick structure.


Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Christian de Portzamparc 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Christian De Portzamparc

Building Case Studies

Concrete has relatively high compression strength, but significantly lower tensile strength, and as such is usually reinforced with materials that are strong in tension (often steel). The elasticity of concrete is relatively constant at low stress levels but starts decreasing at higher stress levels as matrix cracking develops. Concrete has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion, and as it matures concrete shrinks. All concrete structures will crack to some extent, due to shrinkage and tension. Concrete which is subjected to long-duration forces is prone to creep.


Zahner Factory Expansion, Crawford Architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Zahner Factory Expansion, Crawford Architects

Building Case Studies

Encapsulating these values means understanding that Zahner has built their reputation on knowing the intricacies of metal, its chemical properties, and how they can be manipulated. Following this notion through intensive design research, the form for the façade was derived from metal oxidation patterns inspired by those found on Zahner’s campus. The final graphite concept sketch drew inspiration from multiple patterns to create a form that was specific to the proportions and context of the expansion.Articulation of the abstractly based model was closely developed with Zahner’s engineers and utilizes a variation of the ZEPP (Zahner Engineered Proprietary ...


El B Auditorium And Congress Hall, Selgas Cano 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

El B Auditorium And Congress Hall, Selgas Cano

Building Case Studies

Material of interest: Polycarbonate tubes, backed by screen

Material used: Steel frame; Transparent methacrylate; Transparent + translucent polycarbonate; Polycarbonate tubes, backed by screen

Properties of material: All the material, both aluminium and plastic, is manufactured from a single extruded section, varied in placement and colour to give the appearance of multiple pieces.


Moet Marquee / Espace Lumiere, PTW Architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Moet Marquee / Espace Lumiere, Ptw Architects

Building Case Studies

Material of interest: Tensioned lycra.

Material used: MakMax.

Properties of material: Lycra tent weighs 77 lbs and folds small enough to transport in a sports bag. Can be assembled in less than an hour and is fully reusable. Material can also transmit light.


Soumaya Museum, LAR + Fernando Romero 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Soumaya Museum, Lar + Fernando Romero

Building Case Studies

Material of interest: Translucent concrete.

Properties of material: Translucent Concrete filters light and makes spaces feel light and open without sacrificing the material’s structural integrity.


Stockholm Waterfront, White Arkitekter 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Stockholm Waterfront, White Arkitekter

Building Case Studies

Material of interest and material used: duples stainless steel

Properties of material: Stockholm Waterfront is classified as a “green” building complex. The focus is on energy and sustainable materials. The façade needed to be in a material that is highly sustainable, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Stainless steel fits perfectly well into this profile: it is inherently sustainable owing to its maintenance-free longevity, it needs no coating, and it is fully recyclable. Stainless also offers architects a rich palette of design alternatives.


Brick Pattern House In Tehran, Iran, Alireza Mashhadmirza 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Brick Pattern House In Tehran, Iran, Alireza Mashhadmirza

Building Case Studies

Material Used: Brick.

Material of Interest: Masonry.

Properties of Materials: Brick is laid in a simple manner that allows the owner to have privacy without having curtains or allowing a view to the interior. Brick laying method was simple enough for the owner and other low wage workers to do the work themselves. No outside contractor was used for the construction of the exterior skin.


Liyuan Library, Li Xiadong 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Liyuan Library, Li Xiadong

Building Case Studies

The choice of material is crucial in blending with the regional characteristics. After analyzing the local material characteristics in the village we found large amounts of locally sourced wooden sticks piled around each house. The villagers gather these sticks all year round to fuel their cooking stoves. Thus we decided to use this ordinary material in an extraordinary way, cladding the building in familiar textures in a way that is strikingly sensitive.


Starbucks Coffee Shop In Dazaifu, Kengo Kuma 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Starbucks Coffee Shop In Dazaifu, Kengo Kuma

Building Case Studies

The building is made of 2,000 stick-like parts in the sizes of 1.3m – 4m length and 6cm section.. Create a sense of Fluidity.


Parasite Office, za bor architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Parasite Office, Za Bor Architects

Building Case Studies

The polygonal main facade solved in dynamical volumes, is made from light and durable cellular polycarbonate; the facade turned to the court yard is flat and completely glazed.


Church Of Seed, O Studio Architects 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Church Of Seed, O Studio Architects

Building Case Studies

Church of Seed has a raw, natural and non-decorative material language. The main structure is constructed by in-situ concrete with bamboo formworks. In-situ concrete construction is economically sound and practical for local builders. The bamboo texture left on the concrete surface reduces the massiveness of concrete wall and harmonizes with the surrounding trees and green landscape. Plus the transparent windows and doors, and the handmade bamboo furniture by local farmers, the presence of the church is humble and close to village life.


Media-Tic, Cloud 9 2011 Washington University in St. Louis

Media-Tic, Cloud 9

Building Case Studies

ETFE cushions are used as a sun screen, inflated in the winter to gain solar energy, deflated in the summer to provide shade.


Wind For Water: Improving Third World Living Conditions With Renewable Energy, Alex Carli-Dorsey, Sam Friedman, Sandra Garcia-Fine, Nick Kepka Calvetti, Jon Sorrells 2011 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wind For Water: Improving Third World Living Conditions With Renewable Energy, Alex Carli-Dorsey, Sam Friedman, Sandra Garcia-Fine, Nick Kepka Calvetti, Jon Sorrells

Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years)

We researched a way to provide water to people in South Sudan. To do this we devised a wind-powered pump system. We found that our system will work in theory, but requires more research and testing before it is put into use.


Smart Micro Grids, Andre Ferreira, Christopher Keane, Alexander Sitthivantha 2011 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Smart Micro Grids, Andre Ferreira, Christopher Keane, Alexander Sitthivantha

Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years)

Smart microgrids represent a unique combination of power generation and distribution on a small scale, that, prior to the I.T. revolution has never been seen before. In the US healthcare cost is increasing, but with micro smart grid technology and already well proven co-generation technology energy and fuel usage can be reduced. These systems can lower the hospital’s running cost and allow a hospital to more easily implement renewable technology while still ensuring power reliability.


Staging: Synthesizing The Human Contribution, Peter P. Goché 2011 Iowa State University

Staging: Synthesizing The Human Contribution, Peter P. Goché

Architecture Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The following paper considers a series of inquiries that are the manifestation of a desire to comprehend the experiential nature of lived space. My perspective is anthropological with specific interest in material culture and ritual. I will discuss phenomenological staging as part of a whole research methodology consisting of two other basic precepts; biographic and ethnographic writing. Each of these systems of thought work to inform the other and cumulatively serve to help define the criteria for making ethno-specific propositions.


How The Grass Became Greener In The City: Urban Imaginings And Practices Of Sustainability, Cindy Isenhour 2011 University of Maine, Department of Anthropology

How The Grass Became Greener In The City: Urban Imaginings And Practices Of Sustainability, Cindy Isenhour

Anthropology Faculty Scholarship

Far removed from a direct connection to the land and environmental feedback, most urban inhabitants have little choice but to rely on external sources of information as they formulate their understanding of sustainability. This reliance on analytical, scientifically produced, and highly technical sources of information—such as life-cycle analyses, carbon footprints and climate change projections—solidifies definitions of sustainable living centered on technological resource efficiencies while concentrating the power to define sustainability with experts and the industrial and political elite. Drawing on 14 months of ethnographic field work in and around Stockholm, Sweden, this paper explores how urban alienation shapes ...


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