Friday, April 30, 2010

Prize Presentation Ceremony & Exhibition will be held on May 14th 2010 in Hong Kong @ 3:30pm.

exterior lighting grant 2010: street furniture/ec-O_Bench

image_01/05_Extreme Lighting
ec-O_Bench infuses nature into pedestrian traffic zones by creating a self-sustaining eco-system that envelopes sitters in living and growing plant-life. ec-O_Bench collects and filters rainwater and harnesses sunlight using thin-film photovoltaics, creating a welcoming resting spot even when it's dark outside.

image_02/05_Overall Concept
ec-O_Bench is a multifunctional green concept bench system which generates electricity through solar panels that are embedded into the top of the extended structure which hovers above the suggested seating area. These panels harness electricity during the day to illuminate the seating are at night. A built-in system collects and filters water that is used for healthy plant growth. As they grow the plants wind around the bench's circular structure, creating a jungle-like canopy dangling above the user.

image_03/05_Formal & Functional Concept
The continuity, twisted and visual dynamism is generated through the unique properties of a [mobius strip] concept. Double [mobius strip] ws used to transform and mutate.

image_04/05_Technical Drawings & Specs

image_05/05_Materials Research & Environmental Affects
ec-O_Bench design is intended to be constructed of Bio-Luminum and Bio-Glass. The Bio-Luminum tiles are made from salvaged parts from retired airplanes and are an excellent long-lasting and high-strength materials. Bio-Glass is engineered from recycled glass with no additives or colorants. Both materials will contribute towards LEED certification.

Monday, April 26, 2010


This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design. Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, having mastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric, having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, and having fully embraced the potential of 3D computer software and CAD/CAM manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architects to show off! Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundance of CGI in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio-techno ornamentation or the lavishness of Middle-Eastern and Asian super-urbanism. Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formal sophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethora of joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecture manages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics, economics and ecology.

Includes the work of seminal figures such as Peter Cook and Wolf D Prix
Features Hernan Diaz Alonso, Marjan Colletti, CJ Lim, Ali Rahim, Yael Reisner, Neil Spiller, Kjetil Thorsen and Tom Wiscombe.
With contributions by Robert Harbison and Judith Clarke.