According to Dr. Andrea Chegut, there is a constant tension between securing capital investment and being inventive in the built environment. It’s something that architects have to grapple with as they make design decisions that will please the client and investors, but also adhere to their creative vision. “This tension is happening in your desktops every day,” she told attendees of AN’s third annual TECH+ conference in New York on June 13. Chegut is the cofounder and director of the Real Estate Innovation Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As the keynote speaker for the tech-focused forum, held in partnership between AN and Microsol Resources, she reminded the architects present that they are inventors and that it’s imperative to stand up for their work because smart design helps make money. Chegut’s role as a financial econometrician is to research technologies that can improve the relationship between investors and designers, advance communication, and turn design features into metrics that investors can feel good about. “Global research and development expenditures are at an all-time high,” she said, “and real estate is shifting towards R&D and scalable business models, too.” Chegut pointed out that last year, global venture investment in technology for the built environment exceeded $20 billion. That’s a major look into the future of the industry, she said. Not only that, but climate change is making the business of building and maintaining buildings even more costly. From 2000 to 2017, the United States spent $2.5 trillion on resiliency planning and recovery efforts, and $117 billion to manage chronic floods. To get ahead of these issues, Chegut believes technology can help architects and real estate stakeholders make smarter decisions about their projects. Think automation, which could transform valuations processes, accounting, and more, or robotics, such as the Mediated Matter group’s FIBERBOTS, a digital fabrication tool that can create sophisticated material architectures. Even as augmented reality advances through the integration of added sensory modalities, it can immerse and nearly alter one’s perception of the built environment. These could make working in the field substantially smoother. It’s not just tech tools still in the research stages that could change the future; there are products that exist now on the commercial market like transparent wood, view glass, as well as digital software such as Humanyze, the WillowTwin, and Skyline AI that are transforming the way architects work. Companies like Envelope City and Katerra are already leading the way in zoning analysis and material manufacturing optimization. Chegut noted that her team, in particular, has been working on a property technology that could benchmark value drivers of design for investors to get behind. Through an experiment they call Wide Data, the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab created a database with information on all buildings in New York City that was used to determine common themes across award-winning structures, specifically commercial office buildings. They found that access to daylight can lead to a direct 6.6 to 7 percent increase on the cost per square foot of a building in Manhattan if it meets the green standards set up by LEED. In essence, Chegut backed up through economic data that the value of daylight adds to the monetary value of not only a building but a company, too. “Give humans daylight and we’ll make money,” she said. It’s dedicated research to tools like this that make technology so important for the work of an architect. Everything from advances in BIM, Revit, AR, and VR to prefabrication and efficient construction techniques means that the business of building is getting better because of technology. The rest of the day’s events at TECH+ zeroed in on these innovations and how certain companies and architecture firms such as Kaiser Permanente, SOM, GeoSlam, SHoP, and Payette, among others, are doing big things with new tech. Other conversations included the unique integration of gaming technology to help tell stories through design, and the use of specific tools that helped create New York’s newest architectural landmarks: The Shed and Vessel at Hudson Yards.
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Not many practitioners today can say they’ve collaborated with Henry Van Brunt, the 19th century architect famous for designing Harvard’s Memorial Hall, or Boston architect Guy Lowell, who designed the original 1903 master plan for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. But Ann Beha, who once said she specializes in “finding a contemporary voice within a historic center,” is a bit of a time-traveler. Her Boston-based firm is acclaimed for creating elegant links between the past and present. A keynote speaker at Facades + PERFORMANCE, an upcoming conference about high-performance building envelopes, Beha notes that some of the older buildings she works with already have highly efficient envelopes thanks to excellent construction and high quality materials. Her lecture, “Interventions: History and Innovation,” will review three case studies at varying scales, telling the stories of how she restored landmarked buildings while simultaneously developing new expansion plans that were rooted in the original architecture but also clear expressions of their own time. Focusing on campus architecture in her talk, Beha notes that many universities are growing interested how improvements to their existing buildings can reflect a commitment to sustainability. Creating a symbiotic relationship between the architecture and the engineering is key, said Beha—a collaboration made closer and more precise thanks to modeling software. But more than anything Beha emphasizes “fit to function,” or renovation without excessive demolition. “We ask to what extent we can use the building in a natural way,” she said.
Some estimates indicate up to 70 percent of existing building stock is in need of major renovation. Get hip to the latest trends and techniques in facade retrofit at the Facades+PERFORMANCE Conference taking place in New York City next week. Come explore the emerging technology and recent applications in the daylong workshop, Facade Retrofit: The Challenge and Opportunity Presented by an Aging Building Stock, moderated by Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development at Enclos. What better place to explore this topic than Manhattan, surrounded by aging buildings badly in need of facade renovation both to improve performance and appearance. But these buildings and their facades present unique challenges. This full-day workshop will delve deeply into the various issues comprising the renovation of large commercial facades in the urban environment, particularly the retrofit of old curtainwall facades, and also the use of contemporary curtainwall technology to renovate old masonry buildings. A team of local experts will first establish context by defining the scope of the problem, then follow with a discussion of design strategies, and means and methods for implementing facade retrofit projects. A series of exemplary case studies will be presented, among them will be the recently completed recladding of the Javits Convention Center. The workshop program will conclude with a mid afternoon tour of the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Speakers from: CUNY, Davis Brody Bond Architects, Gensler, Halsall Associates, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, RA Heintges and Associates, SHoP Architects, Structuretone. Register here.
We know you've seen those sleek parametric designs that are all the rage in cutting-edge architecture, but have you ever wanted to make your own? Venturing into the software zoo of Grasshopper and Rhino can be daunting on your own, and understanding algorithms and computational geometry can sound like Greek to the uninitiated. Luckily, parametric expert Ronnie Parsons of Mode Collective has joined the upcoming facades+PERFORMANCE Conference taking place in New York City next week, April 11 and 12, and will help guide beginners into the exciting world of Parametric Design. With a focus on fundamental concepts and workflows for creating performance-based design models with the parametric design tool Grasshopper for Rhino3D. Parsons' Technical Workshop, Introduction to Parametric Design, will guide participants through a series of exercises designed to emphasize the relevant applications of parametric design for professional practice. Register today for the Introduction to Parametric Design workshop and the facades+PERFORMANCE before space fills up. There are 8 LU AIA CE credits up for grabs, so head on over to the facades+PERFORMANCE homepage for more information.
Many conferences leave audiences sitting in a dark theater while speakers and panelists perform on stage. At Facades + PERFORMANCE, April 11-12 in NYC, attendees have the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with architects, fabricators, developers, and engineers. Day 2 Dialog workshops, a new feature at this year's conference, offer participants an opportunity to interact with some of the industry's top experts in an intimate, seminar-style setting with a goal of encouraging inquiry and problem-solving. Participants can select one workshop each from morning and afternoon sessions to create a customized daylong schedule that best suits their professional goals. For those interested in the renovation of large commercial facades in the urban environment and the use of contemporary curtainwall technology to renovate old masonry buildings, a special full-day session, "The Challenge and Opportunity Presented by an Aging Building Stock" is being led by Mic Patterson, director of strategic development at the facade technology firm Enclos. The workshop meets at Enclos' Advanced Technology Studio, but to discuss retrofitting there's no better classroom than the city of Manhattan itself—the group will conclude the day with a visit the Javits Center for a tour of the recently reclad building. As part of the program, case studies will be presented by Robert Golda of Heintges; William Paxson & Mayin Yu from Davis Brody Bond, and Hamid Vossoughi of Halsall Associates. Up to 8 AIA/CES LU or LU/HSW credits available. Register here. Check out the full Dialogue Workshops menu after the jump. DIALOG WORKSHOPS MENU MORNING SESSIONS (choose 1 from the following 3) A. DESIGNING & BUILDING PERFORMING FACADES: No Performance – Poor Performance – High Performance? 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Markus Schulte, Arup, Coordinator; Panel: Scott Bondi, Mark Mathey, Tali Mejicovsky & Jonathan Wilson, Arup This workshop will present a holistic view of the design and construction of high performance façade systems utilizing a first principles approach. The discussion will be divided into 3 main topics: - The Ten Commandments of Building Physics – a guide to understanding the basic principles of thermal performance in facades, - Unitized Systems: The good, the bad, and the ugly – an overview of different unitized façade systems in today’s market and how they compare, - Re-clad and Restore – a look into the process or refurbishing existing facade systems. B. DEVELOPMENT OF FACADE SYSTEMS FOR SUPER-TALL BUILDINGS 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Coordinator; Panel: Anthony Viola & Mostapha Roudsari, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill This workshop focuses on the methodologies employed at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in developing high-performance facades systems for tall buildings. Two areas of focus that will be discussed are the curtain wall panelization for super-tall buildings with complex geometries and the investigation of overall building form as well as facade systems based on site specific environmental performance. C. IMPLEMENTING EMERGING MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES 4 LU AIA CE CREDITS Jeff Vaglio, Enclos; Bill Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates, Coordinators; Panel: Michael Ludvik, M.Ludvik Consulting Engineers; Valerie Block, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions; Javier Torner, Onyx Solar Bringing together an array of material technology experts, this session will explore both the unique advantages associated with each material, as well as the challenges of introducing innovative façade technologies into architectural applications. The discussion will include an emphasis on performance metrics for each technology and case study applications of successful implementation. The topics covered will include: - Composites and Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP), Bill Kreysler, Kreysler Associates - Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), Javier Torner, Onyx Solar USA - Green Façade Technology, Dean Hill, greenscreen - Ionoplast Interlayers, Valerie Block, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions - Bent Splice Plates in Glass Beams, Michael Ludvik, M. Ludvik & Co. — PLUS — AFTERNOON SESSIONS (choose 1 from the following 3) D. THE CHALLENGES OF GLASS ARCHITECTURE: Controlling the Appearance and Performance of Glass in the Building Facade 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Philip Vourvoulis, Vourvoulis Architectural Glass Consulting/Triview Glass Industries, Coordinator; Panel:Christoph Timm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill;Bruce Milley, Guardian Industries;Nick Bagatelos, BISEM No building material has evolved as quickly or dramatically as glass. It has become a ubiquitous architectural material in the process, with a huge impact on the built environment. Yet the proliferation of architectural glass products presents a challenge to the facade designer. Satisfying both performance and appearance goals through glass selection gets increasingly complex as the available options proliferate. This workshop explores the latest in architectural glass materials and processes, including art glass, new printing processes, electrochromic products, and other high-performance glazings. An expert panel, led by Philip Vourvoulis, will discuss these products and processes, the challenges they present, and strategies to optimize performance while maintaining aesthetic control. Exemplary case studies will be included. E. THERMAL/ENERGY/DAYLIGHTING 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Chris Stutzki & Matt Kuba, Stutzki Engineering, Coordinators. Panel: James Carpenter & Reid Freeman AIA, JCDA& Architecture Operations D.P.C; Robert Matthew Noblett, Behnisch Architekten; Brandon Coates & Frank Fralick, The Beck Group – Dallas; Erik Olsen, Transsolar Climate Engineering The three keywords THERMAL, ENERGY, DAYLIGHTING describe the expectation that a new façade directly utilizes the effects of the sun for the goal of an energy efficient building and, simultaneously, use light as an active part of the architecture. Architects and building technology experts will present and discuss their paragon buildings and methodologies of this emerging field of architecture and technology. F. MULTILAYERED FACADES 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Areta Pawlynsky, Heintges & Associates & Jessica Zofchak, Atelier Ten, Coordinators. Panel: Pavel Getov, Studio Antares A + E; Peter Simmonds, IBE Consulting Engineers; Leanora Paniccia, Atelier Ten. Architects are increasingly exploring the possibilities of different materials in the context of multi-layered facades. Projects are now incorporating layers of perforated, translucent, and opaque elements to enhance the building envelope. What are the drivers behind these projects and what is the measurable impact of an additional layer? What strategies have been used successfully to reduce energy use and create balanced daylit environments? What analysis tools are available to mitigate glare and improve visual comfort? This workshop will investigate these topics in detail by focusing on the layers of several facade case studies. Daylong Special Session + On-site Visit NOTE: Meets at Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos, then travels to Javits Center G. FACADE RETROFIT: The Challenge and Opportunity Presented by an Aging Building Stock 4 LU/HSW AIA CE CREDITS Mic Patterson, Enclos, Coordinator; Robert Golda, Heintges; William Paxson & Mayin Yu, Davis Brody Bond; Hamid Vossoughi, Halsall Associates What better place to explore this topic than Manhattan, surrounded by aging buildings badly in need of facade renovation both to improve performance and appearance. But these buildings and their facades present unique challenges. This full-day workshop will delve deeply into the various issues comprising the renovation of large commercial facades in the urban environment, particularly the retrofit of old curtainwall facades, and also the use of contemporary curtainwall technology to renovate old masonry buildings. A team of local experts will first establish context by defining the scope of the problem, then follow with a discussion of design strategies, and means and methods for implementing facade retrofit projects. A series of exemplary case studies will be presented, among them will be the recently completed recladding of the Javits Convention Center. The workshop program will conclude with a mid afternoon tour of the Convention Center. Workshops A – F McGraw Hill Conference Center 1221 Sixth Avenue – entrance on 49th Street bet. 6th & 7th Avenues 2nd floor – via escalator NY, NY 10020 map Workshop G - meets at: Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos 511 W. 25th Street , Suite 301 - bet. 10th & 11th Avenues, NY, NY 10001 - travels to on site visit at Javits Center ATS/Enclos map DIALOG WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE 8:30 AM Registration and coffee 9:00 AM Workshops begin promptly 11:00 AM Refreshment break 12:30 – 1:30 PM Complimentary lunch 3:30 PM Refreshment break 5:00 PM Workshops end Register here.
Did you miss 3-D printing guru Skylar Tibbits at this year’s TED conference? Never fear, there’s an opportunity to hear Tibbits in New York City on April 12. And not just hear but participate in a hands-on workshop that Tibbits will lead as part of Facades + PERFORMANCE, a two-day conference on high-performance building enclosures sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper. Earlier this week at TED, Tibbits gave 3-D printing another dimension, quite literally, when he presented the possibility of "4-D printing," or programming materials to self-reassemble into new structures over time. Tibbits unveiled a 4-D printer concept developed with MIT that he argues could have far-reaching implications for not just manufacturing but also for architecture. Will architects one day be able to design structures that build and mend themselves? Here's the idea, as Tibbits told TED: "If we combine the processes that natural systems offer intrinsically—genetic instructions, energy production, error correction—with those artificial or synthetic—programmability for design and scaffold, structure, mechanisms—we can potentially have extremely large-scale quasi-biological and quasi-synthetic architectural organisms." Trained as an architect and a computer scientist, Tibbits directs MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and teaches in the school's architecture department. He got his start working with the likes of Zaha Hadid and Asymptote Architecture, later founding SJET LLC, a multidisciplinary research based practice. Along the way, Tibbits was named a "Revolutionary Mind" by SEED Magazine in 2008, and in 2011 he was awarded a 2011 TED Fellowship, becoming TED Senior Fellow in 2012. At his April 12 workshop, Tibbits will introduce Python for Rhino, a program that has been a foundation of his work, and cover covered topics ranging from Running Scripts, Syntax, Data Types, and Variables to Flow Control, Tuples/Lists/Dictionaries, Points/Vectors, Functions, Paneling and Recursion. The training portion of the workshop will concentrate on IronPython within Rhino. To register for the workshop and for the April 11-12 conference, where experts in the industry will analyze, discuss, and dispute the development, implementation, and maintenance of facades, click here.
Registration for AN's Facades+PERFORMANCE conference is now open with a limited-time Early Bird pricing offer that expires on March 1. The conference is taking place in New York City on April 11 and 12 and will feature presentations and workshops from leaders in the industry who will analyze, discuss, and dispute the development, implementation, and maintenance of high-performance building enclosures. Noted architect Christoph Ingenhoven will be delivering the keynote address. Make sure to reserve your spot today before Facades+PERFORMANCE sells out!
“I think contemporary work environments are about communication. We tried to make interior space a community, “ said architect Christoph Ingenhoven of 1 Bligh Street, a sustainable office tower completed a little over a year ago in Sydney. Ingenhoven translated his idea of community into a building defined by a spectacular 28-story interior atrium capped by a skylight. With interior walls and elevators of glass, every view is a living, bustling cross-section. The atrium acts as natural cooling system while other green features include vacuum tube solar collectors for power and an onsite wastewater recycling system, adding up to a structure that is off the charts for its energy efficiency and low environmental impact. Ingenhoven, recognized for his groundbreaking integration of progressive sustainability and modernist design, will deliver the keynote lecture on April 11 at Facades + PERFORMANCE, an upcoming conference on high-performance building enclosures sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper. At the two-day event including a symposium and workshops, experts in the industry will analyze, discuss, and dispute the development, implementation, and maintenance of facades. Registration information available here. Ingenhoven opened his own office in Düsseldorf in 1985, and his most high-profile project to date may be the Stuttgart train station, a winning competition entry over fifteen years in the making that moves the station underground. Now under construction, the station will be carbon free and net-zero energy, already garnering the project a Holcim Gold Award for sustainable design. To Ingenhoven, sustainability is part and parcel of modernism. “Modernism is not a style but, rather, an attitude we commit ourselves to because it makes progressive insight, emancipation, authenticity and many other things possible,“ he said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. “It allows us to feel like we are part of this world in the here and now—and not like people who are permanently nostalgic.” Registration for Facades + PERFORMANCE is now open! Click here to see a line-up of speakers and workshops.