in collaboration with Shelby Doyle, Leslie Forehand, and Nick Senske
Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Design Competition Young Architect/Engineer Category Winner ($10,000)
Mashrabiya 2.0 is an evaporative façade design that updates vernacular architecture traditions with 3D printed ceramic assemblies. Mashrabiya are common Arabic lace screens, crafted from an array of small wooden parts, which control light, airflow and privacy. Mashrabiya 2.0 adapts these functions while addressing the performative limitations and materiality of traditional mashrabiya. Instead of a wooden screen, this project proposes a series of ceramic modules to provide evaporative cooling. Three modules: column, truncated cone, and hemisphere, are designed with a woven pattern that produces micro-pores on each piece, allowing for the passage of air through the screen. A Grasshopper script applies data from environmental simulations (DIVA) to generate an optimal sun-shading configuration of modules for a particular architectural application. Once a configuration is determined, the specified ceramic pieces are printed and bonded to 3D printed flexible gaskets. These sub-units are then stacked on a punctured piping system that is designed to spray water vapor onto the bisque fired unglazed ceramics, actively cooling the spaces as air passes through.

A full scale facade mock-up was assembled from 140 individual units to display the gradient of assembly potentials. 
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