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Switzerland, Zurich | Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2011 | Innovation 1st prize, Global, 2012

High-efficiency concrete formwork technology
High-efficiency concrete formwork technology

The Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology combines existing processes and materials in a new way to fabricate non-repetitive free-form cast-on-site concrete structures using re-usable and digitally-fabricated wax formwork. 

Main Author
Matthias Kohler - Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Read more »

South Africa, Mapungubwe National Park | Acknowledgement prize, Middle East Africa, 2008

Stabilized earth visitors’ center
Stabilized earth visitors’ center

This project for Mapungubwe National Park was completed in 2009 and builds relationships amongst people as well as between people and the environment. The building’s form uses materials and techniques which reflect the landscape and cultural traditions of the place. The innovative construction uses stabilized earth tiles in a system of lightweight vaulted spaces.

Main Author
Peter Rich - Lerotholi Rich Associated Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa Read more »

Sri Lanka, Ambepussa | Building Better Recognition, Asia Pacific, 2017 | Silver, Global, 2015

Post-War Collective in Sri Lanka
Post-War Collective in Sri Lanka

Following over 25 years of civil war, the reintegration of young soldiers is one of the great challenges facing Sri Lanka. This Community Library retrained a labor force geared for combat with building skills to equip them for post-military life. The slender building sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce costs and the ecological footprint.

Main Author
Milinda Pathiraja - Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka Read more »

Austria, Vienna | "Next Generation" 6th prize, Europe, 2014

Air-Shade
Air-Shade

Cooling as a process is one of the biggest energy consumers in the building sector globally. Air-shade addresses this problem by proposing a shading system that is sensitive to solar exposure and powered by air – with no need of any external energy source. It can vary in scale, size, material, and form: the proposed device is therefore applicable to a broad variety of buildings, constructions, façades, roofs, windows, etc.

 

Main Author
Nikola Znaor - Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Vienna, Austria Read more »

United Kingdom, London | "Next Generation" 1st prize, Europe, 2011 | Innovation 3rd prize, Global, 2012

Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements
Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements

This entry is focused on the development of a smart but simple methodology to design and prefabricate building elements with complex geometries, which is resource efficient and considerably reduces construction waste. Complex geometries are utilized in contemporary architecture for the construction of concrete or mortar building envelopes, partition walls, horizontal and vertical shading elements and pavements.

Main Author
Povilas Cepaitis - AA School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom Read more »

Morocco, Aït Benhaddou | Silver, Middle East Africa, 2017

Weaving and Stamping in Morocco
Weaving and Stamping in Morocco

Elementary school and craft training center: A learning complex that uses architecture, form, and space to claim artisanship and handiwork as living and modern traditions.

Main Author
Fatima-azzahra Bendahmane - Ecoactiva, Casablanca, Morocco Read more »

Belgium, Brussels | Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2014

Material Flows
Material Flows

This construction materials village is an illustration of sustainable urban logistics as part of a larger ecosystem. By distributing construction materials to Brussels and collecting construction waste from it, the village functions as an important logistics and distribution hub between port and city. The modular and hierarchical structure of the warehouses makes the architecture receptive to different programmatic demands of various site users.

Main Authors
Ana Castillo - TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium; Lieven De Groote - TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium; Jan Terwecoren - TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium; Annekatrien Verdickt - TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium Read more »

Canada, Winnipeg | Bronze, North America, 2005

Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete
Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete

The project presents a technique using flexible fabrics instead of conventional rigid molds for the production of concrete elements, offering significant reductions in material use and dead weight. Research and practical applications continue at CAST, University of Manitoba, which contributes to “open source” technical collaboration with additional university and industry partners.

Main Author
Mark West - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada Read more »

China, Ningbo | Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2005

Five Scattered Houses
Five Scattered Houses

From southern China, this entry makes a compelling case for reinterpreting the traditional building culture. An innovative translation of a historical house typology to a series of modern dwellings is proposed for the city center. Ecologically, the project is merited for its sensitive deployment of low-cost natural resources, reactivating the manufacture of low-tech, handmade structures, and the use of recycled materials. 

Main Authors
Wang Shu - City Tectonic Institute of China, Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China; Lu Wenyu - Amateur Architecture Studio, Hangzhou, China Read more »

Germany, Stuttgart | Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2014

Aggregate Structure
Aggregate Structure

Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project examines aggregate architectures made from designed injection-molded granulates which self-solidify. This pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method uses the potential of loose, designed granulates that can interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent; fully recyclable and adaptable to almost any site constraints. 

Main Authors
Karola Dierichs - University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart, Germany; Achim Menges - University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart, Germany Read more »
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