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Architecture grad's project wins award

December 22, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State 2008 architecture graduates Keith Labutta of Greencastle, Pa., and Drew Weinheimer of Pittsburgh, received the 2007-08 Joint Study FormZ Award of Distinction in the Fabrication category for their senior project, "Reinventing Glass Block."

They received the award at the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) annual conference at the University of Minnesota in October.

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block Co., the project was developed as part of Assistant Professor of Architecture David Celento's digital fabrication course, in which students use emergent digital software to produce modern pieces of architecture.

Labutta and Weinheimer took Pittsburgh Corning's challenge to reinvent the company's glass block product by creating a new model for future products. They developed a design that erased the typical grid block sequence and allowed for a variety of open-air wall systems and post-construction applications. More information on their project can be found at www.formz.com/images/jointstudy/pdf/JS2007_2008/Reinvention_of_Glass_Block.pdf.

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