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AIA Awards Annual Upjohn Research Grants

Monday, May 13, 2019

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The American Institute of Architects recently announced the recipients of its annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants.

The four projects will each receive up to $30,000 in grants for research that will advance the future of architecture design and practice, according to the AIA.

The recipients were chosen this year by a seven-member jury comprised of members from the AIA College of Fellows and Board Knowledge Committee.

© / Olivier Le Moal

The American Institute of Architects recently announced the recipients of its annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants.

The chosen projects include:

Nexus between Sustainable Buildings and Human Health: Quantifying EEG Responses to Virtual Environments to Inform Design - The goal of this research project is to develop, test, and validate a data-driven approach using virtual reality and electroencephalogram technology for understanding the potential physiological influences of sustainable design features.

Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: From Vernacular Aesthetics to Milled Material System - This research project centers on an affordable, intelligent, digitally-enhanced fabrication system for the evaluation, milling and joining of structural bamboo at an architectural scale. The project will demonstrate how robotic fabrication can contribute to innovation in sustainable construction with novel, democratized joint machining technology that harnesses real-time data and feedback systems and parametric part selection to enhance the feasibility of widespread use of structural bamboo.

Polycasting: Multi-material 3D Printed Formwork for Reinforced Concrete - This research explores dual-extrusion 3D printed formworks for casting concrete, simultaneously printing a combination of water-soluble PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) containment as well as printing integrated reinforcement. The focus of this project is to design, construct, and test prototypes for a new generation of non-standard concrete formworks that are structurally efficient, reduce material and labor costs, and expand the expressive design potential of concrete.

Development of Artificial Leaf-based Façade Cladding (ALFC) Systems for Energy Production and Carbon Sequestration - This research project aims to develop and test an artificial leaf-based facade cladding prototype that produces clean energy for operation of buildings and removes CO2 of the air through chemical processes. This study proposes that successful integration of artificial leaf technology can convert urban envelopes into large-scale sponge systems with massive carbon removal and sustainable energy production capabilities.

Click here for more information on grant recipients.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Good Technical Practice; Grants; NA; North America; Research and development

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