Fractal-based environmental screen Mashrabiya is an Arabic term for a type of bay window with carved wooden latticework. A traditional element of Arabic architecture, the screen device permits the passage of air and access to views
Sketch-based wireframe furniture When first encountering one of Korean designer Jinil Park’s Drawing series, the viewer is likely to see the work as a two-dimensional sketch with loosely overlapping lines. However, closer inspection reveals corporeal furniture
Stratified glass light wall The Bar Code project celebrates the vibrant and kaleidoscopic interplay between material and media. Designed by Höweler and Yoon Architecture, Bar Code is a site-specific, computer-controlled installation composed of stacked, backlit, low-iron
Wind-responsive illuminated mesh Windscreen is a lightweight architectural lattice composed of an array of small wind turbines. The wind-activated structure generates and consumes renewable energy, translating the speed of local breezes into fluctuating levels of illumination.
Air purifying concrete masonry system Breathe Brick is a masonry system that filters polluted outdoor air so that it becomes healthy enough to bring directly into occupied spaces. Based on the principle of cyclonic technology, in
Seaweed insulation Throughout much of the year, Mediterranean beaches are littered with clumps of Posidonia oceanica seaweed, also known as Neptune grass. The plant often winds up in landfills, yet this widely abundant natural material has
Color-changing fibers for wound healing The smart bandage improves wound supervision by communicating healing problems, such as infection. Developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the dressing consists of a fiber with an internal
Graphene-based aerogel Aerogel is a type of material structure created when the liquid in a gel-based substance is replaced with a gas, resulting in an ultralight solid with very low density and thermal conductivity. Invented by
Sound-modulating architectural textile system Bloom is an acoustically tunable textile surface designed for spaces with varying acoustic needs. The shape-changing suspended ceiling is composed of knitted mohair fabric and automatically opens and closes to modulate noise.
Multifunctional bacterial composite Bio-Fabrication is a collection of multimaterial composites made by bacteria. Recognizing that bacteria can be utilized to fabricate materials with different properties, design firm the Living seeks to combine multiple properties—such as flexibility