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View Dynamic Glass

View is the pioneer in large-scale architectural dynamic glass, a new generation of glass that intelligently changes tint levels in response to external and internal conditions, providing enhanced occupant comfort, control, and energy efficiency. View’s glass changes tint over the course of a day based upon latitude/longitude, sun angle, cloud cover, and where people sit. View Dynamic Glass also enables new building designs with larger glass areas. View is the only company able to manufacturing dynamic glass at sizes of 5 feet by 10 feet, a critical size to reach widespread adoption.

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High Altarpiece Zacatecas Cathedral

Gantous Arquitectos in collaboration with Mexican sculptor Javier Marín, were the winners of a competition hosted by the State of Zacatecas in 2008 for the design and construction of a high altarpiece for the Zacatecas Cathedral, as well as the complete overhaul of its presbytery. The brief was to create a project which would complement the Cathedral’s magnificent 17th century Baroque façade, while balancing the austere neoclassical interiors. The resulting 10 meter wide by 16.7 meter high altarpiece is composed of geometric prisms rising from the highest platform of the ceremonial space.

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Parabosol

Parabosol Water Cleaning Unit is developed as an innovative solution towards deep rural water supply for rural communities who suffer from a lack of access to clean water. Parabosol is basically a solar powered water treatment system, a portable water treatment unit which can be setup anywhere in remote areas. This system purifies water by using parabolic mirror which boils water at high temperature, not industrially but individually for the first time.

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Issa grotto hill house

The traditional, rural, hand made topography of the stone-wall (need for horizontal surfaces for cultivation ) is a context that encompasses the aesthetics of the building from its bare function and microlocation. With a concise approach to construction and function of the building in an area with no infrastructure /no water, electricity / it comes to the stripping of the primary needs of the living spaces, use of natural resources and limited means, which in turn create an unobtrusive aesthetic.

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OptumRx Mobile App

The target audience for the OptumRx Mobile Application is over 2 million members of the OptumRx Mail Service Pharmacy. The goal was to create a one-stop shopping experience for managing medications on-the-go. With the application, members can easily renew, refill and transfer prescriptions to home delivery with a few simple taps. We used a User Centered Design approach and conducted three rounds of Usability tests to ensure the application was easy to use for all age demographics. With consumers always on the move, the OptumRx Mobile Application is like having a pharmacy in their pockets.

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Tentative

Tentative is a smart compact post disaster shelter tent. A simple yet innovative tent is a way to bring fast practical shelter to emergency disaster victims; the collapsible tent is flat packed for easy transport and is suitable for all climates and only an hour to pop up with necessary few tools. The compact disaster shelter is made of a fiber and a durable weather resistant textile which is quilted sewed and consists thermally insulated perlite in between. It uses a roof that helps in collecting water and providing lighting and ventilation.

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