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Photovoltaic Panels: The Latest Architecture and News

Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto

Perkins+Will’s triangulated facade scheme has won an international competition for the design of the new School of Continuing Studies at York University’s Keele campus outside of Toronto, Canada.

Beating out proposals from top firms, including finalists HOK andGow Hastings Architects with Henning Larsen, Perkins+Will’s design twists as it rises, both reacting to solar optimization studies and opening up the building to create a new gateway at the campus’ southeast entrance.

The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies will include a new pedestrian plaza along Pond Road. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies is exploring the use of mass timber to create durable, healthy, and inviting environments for students. Image Courtesy of Perkins + WillThe School of Continuing Studies will feature interconnected lounge spaces that support communities of learning. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will+ 4

This E-Paper Tile Facade Is Inspired by the WW1 Military Optical Illusion "Razzle Dazzle"

San Diego Airport has unveiled their permanent interactive artwork DAZZLE on the Airport’s Rental Car Centre commissioned by San Diegos County Regional Airport Authority, that features the debut of E Ink's revolutionary prism technology on a large architectural scale. The installation has been designed to manipulate the form of the façade using inspiration from the World War I military technique “razzle dazzle” that camouflaged the outlines of ships. This phenomenon of visually scrambling the shapes to hide from being spotted can be witnessed in nature too, as the stripes on a zebra equally become an optical illusion to disrupt the predator’s perception.

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This Modular Green Wall System Generates Electricity From Moss

IaaC Student Elena Mitrofanova, working alongside biochemist Paolo Bombelli has created a proposal for a facade system that utilizes the natural electricity-generating power of plants. Consisting of a series of hollow, modular clay "bricks" containing moss, the system takes advantage of new scientific advances in the emerging field of biophotovoltaics (BPV) which Mitrofanova says "would be cheaper to produce, self-repairing, self-replicating, biodegradable and much more sustainable" than standard photovoltaics.

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HALO: Swedish Students' Solar Decathlon Entry

Designed and built by 25 students from Chalmers University in Sweden, HALO is a socially sustainable home for four students, running on renewable energy from the sun. HALO was designed using one underlying concept: shared space is double space.

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