15 June 2010

FOG ANALOGIES Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of SEAMLab's FOG ANALOGIES Scholarship Competition and the entries that have been selected for honorable mention.  


Dustin Tobias, Spilling the Soda 
As the selected winner, Dustin Tobias will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship for continued graduate education at The Cooper Union in New York City.  In addition, his project will be exhibited as a part of the INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments Symposium and Exhibition at the Tyler School of Art to be held 6 through 16 October 2010 at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Each honorable mention awardee will be exhibited as a part of the INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments Symposium and Exhibition.

Chris Gardini, Space Transformer

Benjamin P. Lee, Cloud Blanket
Daniel Schulze, For Those Who See

SEAMLab would like to thank all of the participants and the FOG ANALOGIES jury!  More detailed information on each of the recognized submissions will be posted to SEAMLab's website soon.

26 May 2010

FOG ANALOGIES Scholarship Competition

SEAMLab’s inaugural Scholarship Competition encouraged students to thoughtfully consider contemporary challenges and opportunities that exist in material design, architecture, engineering, science, and the built and natural environments. This Scholarship Competition invited students of architecture, art, design, engineering, planning and science to submit research, speculations, or design projects that operate as FOG ANALOGIES.

Created by the evaporation of liquid water or the sublimation of ice, fog produces diffuse and lightweight particles of suspended mist. The combination of density and proximity generates conditions ranging from complete opacity to relative transparency. Furthermore, at a macro-scale, fog captures warmth as it blankets its surroundings. At once a boundary and also a space, fog defines and transforms landscapes as it responds to thermal shifts.
The physical manifestation of fog is characteristic of numerous ephemeral and sensory qualities linking it to the phenomenology of experience. Fog exists in a liminal state hovering between solid and liquid, the sky and the ground, a dematerialization of water.
New material possibilities can be derived from in-depth studies of the environmental condition of fog. The efficiency and complexity of the atmosphere creates a dynamic environment that sustainably negotiates the exchange of energy, light, pressure, and temperature.

Submissions were due 15 April 2010 and included proposals of responsive materials, structures, and environments. Winners will be announced 15 June 2010.

08 July 2009

SEAMLab Think Tank

Sustainable and Emerging Architectural Materials Laboratory

SEAMLab is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the study and dissemination of design-based knowledge related to materiality and the built environment.

SEAMLab engages in collaborative research, experimentation, and design explorations of new and emerging architectural materials and assemblies. A central mission of SEAMLab is to close the gap between product development and implementation of new technologies within the architecture and construction industries. SEAMLab researches sustainable methods of fabrication and assembly of new materials to preserve our natural resources. By strengthening the gap between research and practice, SEAMLab facilitates earlier adoption of emerging materials and technologies within design. SEAMLab positions architects centrally in the research and development of sustainable material technologies that will affect the way we build for future generations.

For more information, please contact info@seamlab.org.