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Regional Holcim Awards 2020
North America

Regional Holcim Awards 2020 North America

Virtual Awards jury meeting for North America including (from top left): Marilyne Andersen, Benno Hossbach, Mitchell Joachim, Sarah Graham, Luisa Pastore, Christophe Levy, Reed Kroloff, Sarah Whiting, Sharon Johnston, Jesse LeCavalier, and Sarah Burch.
Agriculture defines the new life: the site has orchard, raised beds, greenhouse, unit planters.
Residents share guest bedroom, rec-room, community space, storage, greenhouse and green systems.
House As Garden faces south, with a cascade of cultivated terraces merging with BIG’s community garden, now extended across the site - a new prototype for building in the grid. It takes advantage of its capacious lot and reorientation to solve the pervasive problem of deep buildings with narrow exposures at front and back and little fenestration on their sides. Big outdoor spaces for individual units are a rare amenity in Chicago but vital to a comfortable green future.
The building is a self-sustaining habitat for human bodies and an organism in itself. The analogy is overworked but predicts our compact, intricate, evolved, and efficient combination of metabolic systems. House As Garden has a complex digestive tract; manages its temperature via self-generated energy and natural ventilation; contributes to residents’ nutrition with its greenhouse and orchard; and is thermally secure behind its insulating skin. It sinks carbon and produces none. It's home.
Our acupuncture stimulates new agriculture, housing, and connections: a neighborhood reborn.
Simple engineered lumber construction promotes local participation, training, and systems evolution.
Eight flexible units (7 two bed, 1 one bed) allow a trade-off between larger terrace of living room.
Outward looking community space is accessed from the street and units from a through-block mews.
Environmental apparatus is from a kit of parts, economically available “off the shelf.”
A model home and living laboratory for harmonized environmental systems and neighborly green living.
Uniting Our Skills for Sustainability, Beauty, Community, and Social Justice.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Note: IXIM was a word that the Mayan culture used to refer to corn and everything related to it.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
The use of CKD is key to IXIM material development, providing compactability and structural properties to the compound. This is useful to create insulation or masonry veneer walls ideally to be used for interior partitions, insulation or wall coating systems.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
IXIM – Using mainly CKD, a natural binder (derived from fish byproduct as the adhesive agents), and different crop residues to develop a unique material. Depending on the fiber used, different natural colors, weights and textures can be obtained with the utilization of CKD.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Different colors, weight, and textures.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Raw materials – CKD (centre), crop fibres (bottom), fish by-products (top).
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
IXIM-CKD of corn stover, rice husk and bean pods. Drying process – key part of the product development.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Before and after polishing (last production process).
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Panel – new prototype. Dimensions: 40l x 40w x 5.8h.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Different angle perspectives – IXIM use waste to create change.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Original sources where IXIM leverage byproducts to mix them with CKD.
Off the Wall – Canada
Off the Wall – Canada
Daniel Gonzalez and Noor Shaikh – Sustainable management master students at the University of Waterloo.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
The Bellevue Block proposed site plan showing new green uses for abandoned brownfield site, new renewable energy systems to replace aging fossil fuel technologies, water reclamation and recycled materials to fully redevelop the site. Preserving the history of the site while creating new wealth through existing resources requires ambitious strategies for zoning, off-grid electricity and shared space by a consortium of property owners, tenants, NGOs and City officials working toward a green city.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Utilizing shipping containers for needed workshops and retail sales space demonstrates reuse plans.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
The Bellevue Block represents an opportunity to regenerate a designated brownfield site to demonstrate new green technologies with existing urban fabric and recycled materials. The building owner has commissioned a study with an international architecture student team to explore the most creative yet triple-bottom-line uses for the redevelopment of the block utilizing materials at hand and area resource organizations.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Total cost of the project is reduced by use of existing building and salvaged materials through ASWD.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
The existing warehouse will contain new workspace and showrooms, shared office and job training.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Cost savings are realized with lower construction footprint and opportunity for retail use of solar.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
The Meadows partnership will set aside land for wildlife and habitat conservation.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Removing blight to build rain catchment and demonstrate reuse of materials saves water for other.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Utilizing brownfield sites will demonstrate passive adaptive use in a low-cost alternative.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
New green enterprises can mutually support the block with job training and new product development.
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
(Re)constructed Block in Michigan
Design team with Humanity in Action fellows participating in design charette November 2019.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Glass. Prototype model that presents a pattern that can adapt to the irregular glass provided.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Speculative tower constructed from concrete rectangles. Each object is a different size and has been located in place through the use of an AI method that finds optimal arrangements of irregular material based on target geometry. Floor plates are most commonly cut apart using a slab saw; 100 hp diesel engines, spinning diamond tipped saws, and requiring water pressure.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
With this model the entire library can be matched onto an adjustable shape, allowing for a holistic optimization where all elements simultaneously arranged. Heavy Concrete elements are transported into place by barge, and lifted by crane into new temporary assemblies. Material is no longer discarded, but rather put into new holding patterns that can maintain valuable material through generations.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
70% of a buildings structure exists in the floor plate. The slab saw can extract such material.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Floor-plates. Optimisation of the arrangement using computational modelling methods.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Rubble. Geometry is translated into a library of points that can be analyzed in the sorting phase.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Rubble. Sorting and arranging elements into an arch.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Rubble. Optimization of the arrangement of elements using computational modelling methods.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Glass. Pavilion Constructed from 178 irregular planes.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Glass. Holding Patterns provide a destination for material that would otherwise be trashed.
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Unmaking Architecture – New York
Daniel Jonathan Meiklejon Marshall – Teaching Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept. of Architecture.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Diverse stakeholders have been assembled to identify common ground and shared interests.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
The Charlesgate project is a new vision of symbiotic urban green infrastructure for the 21st century. The project studies how to sustainably integrate roadway and river systems with multimodal transportation and public recreation. Sustainability is not only achieved by designing for material efficiencies, resource conservation, and mobility, but also by integrating accommodations for transportation infrastructure logistics.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Charlesgate is the terminus of Frederick Law Olmsted’s famed Emerald Necklace park system. Here, the Muddy River historically connected to the Charles River. Ecoperformance at Charlesgate is revived following the fragmentation caused by highway era projects. This project restores Charlesgate as a critical link in Boston’s regional park system, reconnecting dozens of kilometers of walking and biking paths as a carbon free transportation option.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
We studied failed efforts to create open space under the viaduct to find what wasn’t sustainable.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
We learned that the park suffered destruction from viaduct operations and maintenance overtime.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Access areas for viaduct maintenance double function as public open spaces.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Roadway runoff will be re-routed into green infrastructure wetlands for treatment.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Runoff filtration landscapes will be publicly accessible park amenities and support habitat.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Living shorelines will stabilize shores for flash floods while providing public access.
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
Emerald Gateway in Massachusetts
New shorelines at Charlesgate are contoured with habitat shelves to support diverse species.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
The WHO calls air pollution “the biggest environmental risk to [human] health”. Urban air handling systems do not always address persistently high levels of pollutants, despite reducing indoor air quality issues by ventilating indoor spaces with filtered exterior air. Preliminary research suggests active plant-based systems may address these areas: decreasing ventilation requirements/building energy use while benefiting indoor inhabitant health. Image in collaboration with fellows at Yale CEA.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
The photosynthetic capacity of plants, alongside metabolic activity of microorganisms associated with plant root systems (the most diverse microbial communities in the world), could evolve to concurrently break down manmade pollutants such as VOCs, sequester particulate matter, and alter indoor CO2 combating human health related impacts of poor indoor air quality. Image in collaboration with fellows at Yale CEA.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Multi-scalar building-integrated vegetated indoor air bioremediation. Image collaboration: Yale CEA.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
AMPs wall testing for air quality and microbiome. Image Collaboration: Yale CEA.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Large scale installation in PSACII. Air quality and microbiome tests. Image Collaboration: Yale CEA.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Preliminary testing for formaldehyde remediation by growing media. Image collaboration: Yale CEA/RPI.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
AMPs within an Ecological Living Module (ELM). Image Collaboration: Yale CEA and the UN.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
ELM interior and exterior green walls. Image Collaboration: Yale CEA and the UN.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
ELM interior and exterior green walls. Image Collaboration: Yale CEA and the UN.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
ELM interior and exterior green walls. Image Collaboration: Yale CEA and the UN.
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Pure Inhale – Connecticut
Phoebe Mankiewicz, Yale CEA Interdisciplinary PhD Student.
Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation is led by Indigenous leaders, elders and healers. In Indigenous worldview, wellness is a holistic relationship between culture, community, and environment, unlike Western perspectives of medical care. AIWC developed from three years of engagement to define program, siting, form, and materials, and ensure it reflected priorities. Design workshops engaged Indigenous elders, healers, and youth in the design process through game-based participatory.
The building is organized into distinct yet unified parts. Three volumes serve the primary functions-gathering, traditional knowledge, and wellness. The circular volume at the entry is for gathering. The rectangular volume to the north is for education. The bowed volume to the east, the most private, is for wellness. The circulation space has various breakout spaces that can be used for informal events and activities. The building inscribes a large outdoor gathering space on the southeast.
The AIWC will serve 22,000 people from 7 Indigenous groups spread over 1.3 million km2.
The building is sited on a prominent perch of Canadian Shield adjacent to a lake in Yellowknife.
The AIWC is organized in a campus-like manner, as buildings within a building within a landscape.
The 3 volumes—traditional knowledge, gathering, and wellness - are distinct in form, light and views.
AIWC uses passive and active environmental strategies in response to the extreme climate/context.
View east of the entry approach reveals a building settled in and among the Canadian Shield.
View west of the large outdoor space for celebrations and a fire pit for ceremonies.
Interior circulation space with timber structure as a forest of columns and beams defining spaces.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Day and night cooling cycles with evaporative and radiant cooling.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
You pass into the pavilion through no material wall. Instead you are met with a wall of cooling. Looking up you see the bright diffuse light through the elegant lattice, yet you feel as if you've stepped into the coolest shade. The photonic membrane enables direct radiant cooling and thermally stored sky cooling while reflecting solar heat. The evaporatively driven downdraft produces a light cool breeze providing comfort and questioning the existence of over-cooled offices and homes.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
The Hydroculus employs two passive/active systems to strategically manage 1. evaporative and 2. radiant cooling below. The Hydrogel membrane at the top stores water at a specific percentage to induce a proportional evaporative cooling and downdraft rate. It is connected to water supply tanks at the bottom that are connected to a desiccant water vapor recovery system at the edges. The photonic membrane reflects shortwave solar heat and emits longwave sky cooling stored in embedded thermal mass.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Radiant heat transfer using simulations, thermistors, and infrared thermal camera.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of the photonic membrane enclosing the thermal mass.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Structural prototype: CNC milled marine-grade plywood to withstand wetting.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Test of the waffle ribs framed into four parts and bolted together.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Fabrication of custom polyacrylamide hydrogel and its aperture.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Assembly process of the structural prototype.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Fabrication of custom polyacrylamide hydrogel.
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Hydroculus Cooling from Arizona
Dorit Aviv, Architect, University of Pennsylvania., ∂ƒ(x), Philadelphia, PA, USA & Forrest Meggers, Engineer, Princeton University, ∂ƒ(x), Princeton, NJ, USA.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Raceway section: Sloped open pond allows for self-churning, limiting the energy use in production.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Symbiotic Landscapes: To limit material requirements, the installed equipment (bioreactors, ponds) are structurally integral, requiring limited additional structure. These instruments define primitive geometries that are situated within the landscape. Playful landforms are constructed by fortifying the reactors with existing soil, providing a barrier and structural support that articulates the underlying geometries of the system. These bioreactors collect over 90% of C02 produced by the station.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Ash and Aquaculture: The existing Manatee Viewing Center looks out over the proposed Harvesting Center, perched above the warm water discharge that feeds into the nature preserve. This facility is the heart of the post-human agricultural infrastructure, operating almost entirely through autonomous processes and self-regulation. The collected biomass is dried, gathered, and packaged for shipment along the existing rail lines. A constructed hillside fortifies the facility from the power station.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Site Plan: The project harnesses the resources of the lower Tampa Bay coastline, ecology and industry.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Circuit diagram: Existing material resources are combined to capture carbon and reduce waste.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
New infrastructures: The three interventions surround the facility with a new productive landscape.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Existing conditions: Phosphate mine runoff leads to harmful algae blooms, ash water contaminates.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Bioreactor section: Clusters of 6000L bioreactors receive a direct CO2 feed from Big Bend Station.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Harvest center section: Biomass collection, storage, and conveyor transit system connect the park.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
The sweeping terrain of the southern farm provides consistent solar exposure for the raceway ponds.
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Performative Landscapes in Florida
Samuel Clovis
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