Collection by Tiffany Chu

Allez Design! NYC's Iron Designer

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With the Hearst Tower and the New York Times Building gleaming in the distance, the inaugural Iron Designer Challenge was held on the rooftop at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC) last week. The challenge? To build a full-scale emergency shelter in three hours and in front of a live audience.

Given a palette of materials, each team selected the intended climate and the aftermath of what type of catastrophe…
A list of materials-to-be-expected was handed out prior to the event, including PVC pipes, fabrics, safety cones, rope,…
SDC's principal (along with fittingly-named band "Rooftop Walkers") kicked off the event and highlighted the night's…
A total of ten New York firms tossed their hard hats into the ring -- each team was comprised of two high school…
The poker-faced judging panel was comprised of David Burney, Commissioner of NYC's Department of Design and…
Parsons Brinckerhoff brought their Polar Builders Team, building a three-arch structure with a 'stressed-skin' envelope…
The Robert Silman team built their Desert Sandstorm-withstanding unit, and won Best Use of Secret Material for their…
Self-replicating nanobots were the foe of Turner Construction, who designed a central tension ellipsoid ring structure…
From Project Oasis by Thornton Tomasetti we saw a set of operating panels to serve as shading, rainwater collection,…
The overarching winner was Gensler, whose Second-Aid hurricane disaster shower station snatched both the People's…
I'd been expecting slightly more of a solid, durable feel to the results of an Iron Designer contest, but the…
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