Brick by Brick

BRICK by BRick

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The urgency to achieve energy-centric approaches to architecture is poised to transform the practice of architecture as it is recognized today. The interrogation of the role of technology is central to this challenge, yet wall assemblies and the material composition of building envelopes play an equally catalytic role. Our iterative process will focus on developing a workflow that improves communication across disciplines and trades, and specifically links energy modeling analyses with 3D parametric modeling, BIM and Fologram for HoloLens mixed reality technology. This workflow targets a holistic approach to the interrogation of a single material to perform multiple functions and therein seeks to expand individual software strengths by moving “data” across platforms more seamlessly. Brick by Brick establishes a digital prototyping workflow that links evaluative feedback analyses across multiple software platforms to iteratively refine a range of brick bond and wythe patterns that simultaneously achieve high energy performance standards, structural autonomy and the necessary protection against water and vapor penetration as a building envelope.

Project Details

Project Location | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Status | Complete, 2022
Principal in Charge | Craig Borum, FAIA, Jen Maigret, AIA
Collaboration | Lars Junghans, PhD, Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Project Team | Masataka Yoshikawa