Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower by Perkins + Will
The AIA has announced 8 projects as winners of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards, rewarding the best in medical architecture from built projects to research excellence. The 8 projects were selected in four categories: built (less than $25 million); built (more than $25 million); Unbuilt; and Innovations in Planning and Design Research.
The awarded projects come from locations throughout the US, as well as one project constructed for Haiti.
From Top: Educational Building in Mozambique by Bergen School of Architecture Students; School Library Gando by Kere Architecture; Umubano Primary School by MASS Design Group
How many times in the last year have you heard 3D printing mentioned? What about double-skinned curtain walls or “smart” buildings? High-tech materials almost always seem to dominate the conversation – at least in architectural circles. But using the latest invention in material technology usually does not make a building “innovative.” More often than not, it just makes it expensive and flashy.
Low-tech materials like lumber, stone and brick, on the other hand, are often overlooked, even though the use of local and locally produced materials offers the lowest possible carbon footprint. And while these common materials may seem boring, with a bit of imagination and technical skill, an architect can transform these materials into something fresh. With that in mind, check out ArchDaily’s list of three truly innovative projects which use low-tech materials in different and exciting ways.