MIT architect Neri Oxman and University of Michigan engineer John Hart were awarded the “Next Generation” 1st prize for their visionary building skin research using carbon nanotubes to develop materials that can be assigned specific structural, functional and environmental properties.Top sustainable construction projects in North America honored » pour en savoir plus (French) »
This project deals with new construction materials. The visionary and novel idea consists of developing a building skin that offers construction without joints and assembly and is also able to accommodate different functionalities such as load bearing capacity, natural ventilation through osmosis, thermal and noise insulation and changing light penetration wherever and whenever requested. What might sound like a miracle shall be achieved by a hierarchical combination of carbon nanotubes, polymers and traditional building materials such as steel, wood and glass.
Microstructure research for building skins seeks to develop a sustainable skin which offers construction without joints, as well as load-bearing, ventilation, thermal and noise insulation, and changing light penetration capacities. Both high-tech and traditional building materials are involved in this interdisciplinary project combining design, materials science and engineering.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.73 MB) »