Ron Nyren, UrbanLand
As Elizabeth Diller, principal of New York City–based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, once told an interviewer, “Architecture is a technology. . . . Sometimes we have to use technology as a tool to accomplish something, or technology becomes the weapon, or technology becomes the target.” Increasingly, new technologies and innovative methods of applying old technologies are enhancing the ways buildings are constructed, the ways they function, the ways they reduce energy and water consumption, and the ways they educate visitors about the technologies in use within.
The following ten projects—all built during the past five years—make creative use of technologies ranging from the simple to the complex. They include a stadium with a roof that opens like a camera aperture, a museum with concrete walls ribbed like a saguaro cactus for self-shading, a school with a facade covered entirely with solar panels, and a college multipurpose building that produces more energy than it consumes and turns rain into potable water.
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