Innovation is awarded

1 December 2016


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently awarded prizes for innovation in architecture. The TAP/CCA Innovation awards are awarded in four different categories, focusing on technology and the enhancement of building management practice.

The categories are:

*’Stellar Design’

Astana Expo City 2017 is currently under construction in Astana, Kazakhstan. The architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, put everything into their design to make the building’s energy and carbon use as close to neutral as possible. Special glass, temperature regulation, storing of energy to provide in two days’ need, all the rainfall per year managed on site, and about 90% of the waste produced will be dealt with on site.

The Epic Deep Space Auditorium by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. in Wisconsin was commended.

*Excellence in project delivery and construction administration

Also in Wisconsin is the Froedtert and Medical College of the Wisconsin centre for advanced care, by Mortenson Construction and Cannon Design. To a great extent, the latest technology for virtual design and construction was used. In this way, the design team (engineers and architects) could easily communicate about specific challenges – and possible solutions. By using a single model, the team halved the to-and-fro of information compared to a similar earlier project they also collaborated on. They also managed to add five extra storeys to the design without having to move the date of completion – probably the real reason why they won the award.

*Practice based or academic research, curriculum, or applied technological development

No prize was awarded but Payette’s Glazing & Winter Comfort Tool was commended.

*Exemplary use in a small firm

Studio Talo Architecture won this prize for the Youth & Opportunity United building in Illinois.

By approaching the design in a near interactive way – creating various 360 degree virtual reality videos of the building and its inside spaces, filled with avatars of young people explaining the building as well as the NGO behind it – Studio Talo could inform the youth and the community about the impact the building will have on their lives.

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