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3xLP wins international prize

An updated version of Silo City’s Gateway Wall (see here) has won an international award. Beating out 67 other entrants from 14 countries, the objective was to experiment with building ‘skins’ that could be used in a variety of diverse scenarios.

Congrats to UB architects Nick Bruscia and Chris Romano who first designed the sculpture (2XmT) and ultimately improved the functionality of the materials that were fabricated at Rigidized Metals (located next to Silo City). The TEX-FAB SKIN International Digital Fabrication Competition award should be recognized in ways that range from ingenuity to teamwork – UB has been working with a number of local manufacturers in order to expand upon the range of utilitarian uses for existing materials. In the end, it came down to one additional design enhancement that allowed air and light to penetrate the sculpture that helped the UB team to capture top prize in the competition.

This particular partnership between UB and Silo City has proved to be particularly fruitful. Bruscia and Romano have taken an old abandoned building on the site (once home to a massive bee colony) and have created an onsite architectural studio.


Photo: UB


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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