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Digital Carpet

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Digital Carpet interactive floor, shown mapping as well as projecting one’s walking path. Digital Carpet responds to individual presence and assists with visitor way finding. Interactive displays, directional signage, and lighting are often located on walls or ceilings—but rarely are they incorporated within the floor. The Digital Carpet is a responsive, self-illuminating walking surface designed […]

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Synthetic Bark

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Synthetic Bark cladding system, shown in recycled stainless steel. Synthetic Bark translates the function and form of tree bark into high-performance architectural cladding. Bark provides multiple functions to trees, including thermal insulation and physical protection from vermin and fires (in the case of thick bark). Outer bark, which is made of mostly dead tissues of […]

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Suspended Flow

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Suspended Flow ceiling system, shown within a gallery space. The last place one expects water to be is suspended overhead. Conventional ceilings are just that—conventional. Suspended Flow is a ceiling system designed to appear as gently turbulent water that is magically frozen in place. Made from thermoformed recycled acrylic, the translucent ceiling has polished edges […]

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Visiwall

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Visiwall facade system, shown applied as a retrofit to a historic building. Visiwall is an OLED cladding system that transforms the communicative potential of the architectural facade. One of the most significant advances in lighting and display applications is the development of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, which consists of emissive electroluminescent film on a […]

The Terrafloor system, shown installed in a public reading room.

Terrafloor

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The Terrafloor system, shown installed in a public reading room. The Terrafloor is a living floor system designed for interior use. First there were green roofs, and then green walls. Why not green floors? Sophisticated grass and moss ground cover systems are widely available, and increased interest in interior greenery is encouraging the development of […]

View of the Shimmer House at sunset.

Shimmer House

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The Shimmer House is an interior retrofit that maximizes available light and views. Reflective materials transform a seaside condominium into a light-harvesting space. A 1960s-era condominium located on the seashore in northwest Florida offers an advantageous location with impeccable vistas of the Gulf of Mexico. However, the main living space is supplied with only two […]

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Algae Tube Facade

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The Algae Tube Facade system is a solar-regulating, ventilated envelope. The Algae Tube Facade regulates solar exposure with living microbes. Algal blooms create deleterious environmental effects for underwater life because they block vital sunlight and reduce the level of oxygen available to fish. Algae are incredibly beneficial, however, as a source of biomass for fuel […]

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House Wrap

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House Wrap fabric envelope re-cladding system, shown before and after installation. House Wrap radically transforms existing buildings with minimal materials. According to planning expert Arthur C. Nelson, over half of new U.S. building construction expected to occur by 2040 will consist of retrofits to existing structures. Considering the relatively short life span and aesthetic limitations […]

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Pipe Light

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Pipe Light micro mirror duct illumination system, shown installed as a sculptural feature light. Pipe Light transforms used PVC piping and fittings into a light conveyor system. PVC is third most widely consumed plastic today, and is heavily used in building construction due to its low price and relative longevity compared with many other materials. […]

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New Sod House

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Engineered sod blocks comprise part of the enclosure of the New Sod House. Sod brick construction of early homesteads is re-imagined as a contemporary wall system. Sod was a typical building material used by early settlers of the American midwest. The densely-packed roots of buffalo or prairie cord grass provided good reinforcing for sod bricks, […]