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April 12: NEW Dialog Workshops at Facades + PERFORMANCE Conference

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.
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Is “Marketing” A Dirty Word?

We were glad to be included on the Studio Gang’s Archi-Salon panel on “outside research” at the Art Institute of Chicago on February 2. UIC’s Clare Lyster moderated a lively discussion that, true to its roots in academic theory, kicked off by questioning the premise in the first place. Are practice and research separated by anything more than semantics? Based on the turnout it seems the discussion series achieved its goal of public engagement—what can we say? We’re thrilled and a bit surprised that you all find architectural theory as stimulating as we do. During the discussion, Paul Preissner detected a whiff of marketing in architects’ clambering to engage “outside” disciplines. You might have thought he accused them of artistic treason, based on the defensive tone that the discussion took whenever the topic popped back up.
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Michael Graves Appointed to Federal Post on Accessibility in the Built Environment

President Obama's second-term White House is still in transition, with Ray LaHood out and rumors of an NTSB replacement, Sally Jewell likely in as Secretary of Interior. Among the non-Cabinet-level appointments, the President appointed Michael Graves to a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, an agency "devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities." Graves, who uses a wheelchair after an illness-induced partial paralysis, has been a leader in promoting accessibility in architecture, recently designing prototype houses for wounded and disabled veterans. This month, Graves will also be launching a new line of more than 300 products at retailer J.C. Penney, including kitchen appliances, candlesticks, and a toaster shaped like a piece of toast. The Indianapolis-born architect will return to his hometown on March 28 to give a lecture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and he recently spoke with the Indy Star about delivering papers for the publication as a child, architecture, and the new product line. An exhibition of Graves' work, From Towers to Teakettles, is also on display at the Virginia Center for Architecture through March 31.
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City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture to Broadcast Lectures Online

One of the most important components of any architecture school is its semester-long lecture series. It's a chance for schools to bring in voices from outside their building and communicate to students a broad range of approaches and ideas percolating in the culture and profession. Many schools send out posters of these lectures to other schools across the country to announce their programing and these are posted on hallway walls for all to see even if they are thousands of miles away on another coast. But now City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture has taken the next step and is simulcasting its lectures live online for the public to view. Old lectures will be archived and viewable any time. This semester City College is focusing its lectures on Rethinking Kahn and have scheduled a distinguished line up of Louis Kahn scholars including Stanislaus von Moos this Thursday, February 28 speaking on Kahn’s urban projects. On March 7, Ken Frampton will be speaking on monumentality in Kahn’s work. March 21 will feature Gina Pollara who will lecture on New York's FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island and its construction. After that Robert Twombley and William J.R. Curtis will lecture. On the Friday after William Curtis’ lecture, there will be a discussion between William Curtis and George Ranalli and Rethinking Kahn.

Act Fast! Early Bird Registration for Facades+PERFORMANCE Ends on March 1

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!
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The City That Never Was: Learning from the Spanish Housing Bubble

Described as "crime scene photos," stark images of Spain’s housing bubble landscapes depict a grim reality. But instead of a somber discourse on the evils of political corruption and real estate speculation, the Architectural League’s symposium this past Friday, The City That Never Was, looked forward and, as Iñaki Abalos aptly asked, wondered if we, "can turn shit into gold." Building on their research and design studios at the University of Pennsylvania, Chris Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, the moderators, explored the future of urbanism through the lens of Spain’s economic crisis and its resulting desolate urban form. Framing the historical context of boom and bust cycles, they reveal that the Spanish situation is only unique in scale and intensity. It exists as part of a larger commodification of urbanism all over the world resulting in similar conditions in an ever simplified placeless urbanism. An international range of speakers from both Spain and the US covered issues regarding agricultural production, city planning, waste flows, and repurposing of vacant land. Each panel ended in a group discussion which began as an invigorating dialog, but by end of day became a bit muddled in message. University of Pennsylvania’s new Chair of Landscape Architecture, Richard Weller, struck a positive note in the final panel when he said that each speaker had "left clues" as to how the current situation could be ameliorated and avoided in the future. Some of which included Barcelona’s Enric Batlle’s ideas regarding the preparation of space over time providing a road map for incremental change and Chris Reed’s kit of parts for Detroit which could be useful in facilitating the reuse of incomplete developments. In thinking about other paradigms for development, Weller advised "designing the system, not the aesthetic." To that point, the discussion of waste became particularly fertile when Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence for the NY Department of Sanitation answered the previously asked question with a resounding, "Shit is gold!" The audience may not have left with a definitive recommendation but was certainly inspired about the possibilities.
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Notes from The Innovative Metropolis: Fostering Economic Competitiveness Through Sustainable Urban Design

Covering ground from Sao Paulo to Copenhagen, a set of multi-disciplinary discussions were convened in Washington, DC yesterday by the Brookings Institution and the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis, to explore the synergies between urban design, policy, and finance required to realize innovation in the way we construct our environment. The discussions focused on global case studies relative to urban mobility, technology, and environmental adaptation, against the backdrop of global urbanization and climate change. While lessons were gleamed, it was clear that what was needed was "not one urbanism," as Dean Moshen Mostafavi of the Harvard GSD put it, but "Urbanisms," tuned to the "logic" of a given geography, climate, and culture. While existing within larger ecologies that, as Valente Souza of Mexico City asserted, may contain "their own solutions," cites are, as Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution emphasized "complex economic systems" and any sustainable initiatives must address consumer demands. As Alex Washburn, Chief Urban designer for New York City summarized, "all change is driven by desire." Watch videos of the proceedings of "The Innovative Metropolis" on the Brookings Institution website.
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Colloquium to Revisit the Building of Tadao Ando’s Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis

Tadao Ando's architecture strives for perfection, with glass-smooth concrete walls nearly as reflective as mirrors, ideal proportion and geometry creating a sacred sense of space, and design details that reveal no part of a building is too small for consideration. In fact, as one story goes, Ando requested that a foot-thick concrete wall at his Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis be rebuilt multiple times since it didn't meet his strict standards. The Pulitzer, one of only a handful of buildings the Japanese architect has completed in the United States and the first in the US intended for public use, opened in 2001, demurely set behind a concrete wall in the city's Grand Center neighborhood. This Friday and Saturday (February 8 and 9), the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis are hosting the free Building Pulitzer colloquium looking back at the four-year construction period of Ando's Pulitzer Foundation. According to Liane Hancock, architecture professor at Louisiana Tech University and co-organizer of Building Pulitzer, "The goal of the colloquium is to reveal how a building designed by an internationally recognized architect is actually brought to fruition." Multiple events taking place at Ando's Pulitzer Foundation and at the Fumihiko Maki-designed Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University will consider the Pulitzer's design and four-year construction process. Hancock continued:
Tadao Ando asked for one simple thing—that the local designers and contractors give their personal best to the project. As the team learned more and more how to meet the challenges of the building, their personal best continuously improved. What is pretty amazing is how both the architects of record and the contractors both talk about the environment that was built to encourage collaboration, problem solving, and innovation to meet the tolerances that Ando requested.
A number of events are planned, including a tour of the Pulitzer on Friday and a series of lectures and discussions by architecture professors Liane Hancock, Eric Hoffman of Washington University, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, and others. A keynote lecture on Friday, "Collaboration and Inovation Outside of Japan," will be delivered by Masataka Yano, associate at Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and project architect for the Pulitzer. Topics at the Building Pulitzer colloquium include:
  • the working structure between Tadao Ando’s team and the St. Louis team (“Working with Osaka”)
  • the realization of Ando’s design through unique methods of construction (“Translating Design Intent: Developing Means and Methods”)
  • the development of a work environment that fostered construction excellence (“Personal Best: Creating a Receptive Environment for Construction Excellence”)
Professor Liane Hancock and Steve Morby, facilities and construction manager at the Pulitzer, are in the process of writing a book, also called Building Pulitzer, that will include information from the colloquium and interviews with Morby and other key players in the building of the Pulitzer. Building Pulitzer is free and open to the public. More information and a schedule of events can be found at Washington University in St. Louis.  
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EVENT> Exploring The Connection Between Paris and Los Angeles

Starting Wednesday, January 30, LA's MAK Center and arts promoter ForYourArt will begin hosting Dialogues: Art/Architecture, Paris/Los Angeles, a series of events bringing together architects and artists from those two cities. Events include four discussions at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, an exhibition of drawings and models at ForYourArt in Miracle Mile, and the launch of a  publication compiling participants' work and discussion. In addition to AN West Coast editor Sam Lubell, participants include (take a deep breath): Doug Aitken, Berdaguer/Pejus, Barbara Bestor, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Dahlqvist/Hommert, Escher/Gunewardena, Didier Faustino, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Fritz Haeg, Piero Golia, Ibai Hernandorena, Marie Jager, Alice Konitz, Vincent Lamouroux, Won Ju Lim, Tom Marble, Jorge Pardo, Claude Parent, Francois Perrin, Ivette Soler, Linda Taalman, Oscar Tuazon, Xavier Veilhan, Eric Wesley, Pae White and Peter Zellner. The impressive program is part of  part of “Ceci n’est pas…Art between France and Los Angeles," a five month art and cultural exchange put together by the French Embassy of the United States, the French Institute, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. See the full schedule and a slideshow of participants' work below: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Program launch reception and panel discussion with Fritz Haeg, Marie Jager, Alice Konitz, Ivette Soler, and Oscar Tuazon, moderated by Jan Tumlir. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Panel discussion with Joakim Dahlqvist, Didier Faustino, Jens Hommert, Piero Golia, Jorge Pardo, Linda Taalman, and Peter Zellner, moderated by Sam Lubell. WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Panel discussion with Frank Escher, Won Ju Lim, Tom Marble, Xavier Veilhan, and Pae White, moderated by Danielle Rago. TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2013, 6-8 PM, FORYOURART Opening reception of drawings and models by the participants. TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2013, 6-8 PM, FORYOURART Closing reception and presentation of the publication and panel discussion with Barbara Bestor, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Cyprien Gaillard, Vincent Lamouroux, and Marie Pejus moderated by Andrew Berardini.
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EVENT> January 24: New Practices Finale with The Living + Google

TheLiving-LivingLight(1) Framed:Interfaces, Narratives, and the Convergence of Architectural and Internet Technologies Thursday, January 24 6:00pm-8:00pm AIA New Practices New York 29 Ninth Avenue/Axor NYC Showroom The Living, which sounds like an indie band but is actually one of the 2012 AIA New Practices New York winners, will conclude this year's New Practices conversation series with a bang. The firm has gained recognition for developing futuristic forms through new technologies and prototyping, and for "Framed: Interfaces, Narratives, and the Convergence of Architectural and Internet Technologies" The Living's David Benjamin, who also directs the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia's GSAPP, will sit down with Jonathan Lee, a designer at Google UXI, that company's design think tank. Following what promises to be a lively presentation and conversation, a reception will celebrate the conclusion of the New Practices series. The January 24 event, which is co-hosted by The Architect's Newspaper, will be held at Axor's NYC showroom. Free of charge with AIA CES credits provided. RSVP here.
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Friday> AN Talks with Snøhetta’s Craig Dykers at the Center for Architecture

Join AN this Friday, January 11 at the Center for Architecture for the next Cocktails & Conversations discussion between AN's Editor-in-Chief William Menking and Snøhetta principal Craig Dykers. The program pairs a leading architect with a critic, journalist, or curator for an evening of conversation. Bartender Toby Cecchini will be preparing special cocktails inspired by the unique architecture of Snøhetta. We're guessing it might be called the Fjord with a shot of Blue Curacao and big, craggy mountains of ice.