As the consequences of climate change become more apparent, “resilience” has replaced “sustainability” or “green building” as the goal of environmentally-sensitive design. The concept of resilience is particularly pertinent to the building envelope—the protective barrier between a structure’s occupants and the environment. But what, exactly, does resilience mean in the context of designing and engineering facades? This question is at the heart of the facades+ Chicago conference taking place July 24–25 at the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Over two days, leading facades specialists will explore the role of the building envelope in designing for resilience through a series of presentations and workshops. Thursday’s symposium features a roster of speakers including James Timberlake (Kieran Timberlake) and Francisco Gonzalez Pulido (JAHN), who will deliver the morning and afternoon keynotes, respectively. Mic Patterson (Enclos), Juan Moreno (JGMA), Jeff Holmes (Woods Bagot), Steve Nilles (Goettsch Partners), and Chris Stutzki (Stutzki Engineering) will also present on a range of topics, from emerging technologies to building for resilience with glass. In an afternoon panel, Matt Jezyk (Autodesk), Zach Krohn (Autodesk), Nate Miller (CASE-Inc.), and Andrew Heumann (NBBJ) will discuss the integration of design, simulation, documentation, and production. On Friday, participants choose from a series of dialog and tech workshops for in-depth exposure to special topics and technologies. Dialog workshops include “Evolution of Breathable Building Facades,” “ReVisioning of Existing Facades,” “Supple Skins: Emerging Practices in Facade Adaptation and Resilience,” and “Off the Grid: Embedded Power Generation/Net Positive.” Tech workshops offer hands-on instruction in Dynamo for Autodesk Vasari, advanced facade panelization and optimization, collaborative design with Grasshopper, and environmental analysis and facade optimization. Conference attendees will have plenty of time between symposium events and during workshop breaks to network with other participants and meet vendors. A complimentary networking lunch is scheduled for both days. Thursday evening there will be a cocktail reception at the Adler & Sullivan-designed Art Institute Stock Exchange Trading Room. For more information and to register, visit the facades+ Chicago website. Early Bird registration ends June 29.
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So much of design work today is solitary. It involves sitting in front of a computer—crunching data, building renderings, and running evaluations on digital models. But that’s not the full picture. AEC professionals rely on personal connections to identify projects, connect with clients, and learn new skills. Whether a business meeting or a chat over cocktails, face-to-face interactions still matter. The upcoming facades+PERFORMANCE New York conference offers plenty of opportunities for informal networking in addition to scheduled presentations and workshops. Attendees will have a chance to connect one-on-one with fellow designers, including many of the movers and shakers in the world of facade design and fabrication, during multiple networking breaks. Day one features both morning and afternoon networking breaks sponsored by W&W Glass and a complimentary lunch sponsored by KEPCO+. The day concludes with a cocktail reception sponsored by Autodesk. Symposium keynote speakers and presenters—including Gordon Gill (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill), Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX), Doris Sung (dO/Su Studio), James O’Callaghan (Eckersley O’Callaghan), Ana Bertuna (Related), and William Logan (Israel Berger & Associates)—will be on hand throughout. Day 2 similarly allows for morning and afternoon networking and refreshment breaks and an hour-long complimentary networking lunch. Participants in the day-long tech and dialog workshops can use these breaks to connect with other workshop attendees, get to know their instructors, and visit with colleagues enrolled in different programs. To register for facades+PERFORMANCE New York, visit the conference website. A full schedule, including networking breaks, is available here.
At AN and Enclos’ Facades+ PERFORMANCE, the most anticipated conference on high-performance building enclosures, we not only provide you with the educational experiences that enable you to push your professional practice into emerging architectural frontiers, but we facilitate the networking opportunities that provide you with connections you need to excel in today’s dynamic professional environment. Be there as hundreds of leading specialists from across the AEC industries gather to share and discuss the latest methods and technologies that are revolutionizing the built landscape. Whether you are an architect, engineer, fabricator, contractor, materials supplier, developer, educator or student, Facades+ PERFORMANCE is the destination for those interested in the latest breakthroughs in all aspects of high-performance facades. There are only nine days left before the conference touches down on Mies van der Rohe’s IIT Campus in Chicago, so register today to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Sign up now and mark it down on your calendar: Facades+ PERFORMANCE, Chicago, October 24th-25th! With networking breaks every two hours, complementary lunches, our jam-packed sponsors gallery, and, to top it all off, a cocktail reception at Rem Koolhaas’ IIT McCormick Tribune Campus Center, the Facades+ agenda was crafted to maximize your ability to form crucial professional connections. Be exposed to new technologies, new methods, new materials, and new ideas as you meet and mingle with representatives from today’s most exciting firms. The clock is ticking, so reserve your space today to begin the next stage in your career.
Design has a strong history of pro bono work, from affordable housing to electioneering, and during these tough times, a helping hand can be especially appreciated. With that in mind, more than a dozen design firms and affiliates from New York are offering their services to those in the community in need as part of a new program called DesigNYC. With the goal of creating "a better New York by design," the group is currently seeking applicants by the end of the month for help solving a design challenge. Any design problem will do, and the only requirements is that an applicant be a not-for-profit organization located in New York and game for undertaking a collaborative design process. All design work will be free, though there may be costs associated with implimenting the design solutions. Following the November 30 deadline, the designers will have winnowed down finalists by mid-December, and the whole thing should be underway by the start of next year. Inspired by the service iniatives of the President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, the ultimate goal is to create a collaborative design network where anyone can come to offer their services or seek out design help. Best of luck to all applicants and to the program as a whole. Those leading the way are: * Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art * Karen Auster, Auster*Agency / BKLYN DESIGNS * Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects * Maddy Burke-Vigeland, Gensler * James Biber, Pentagram * Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group * Gideon D'Arcangelo, ESI Design * Sona Hacherian, New York Magazine * Steven Heller, School of Visual Arts * Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine * Zack McKown, Tsao & McKown Architects * Michelle Mullineaux, ESI Design * Margie Ruddick, Margie Ruddick Landscape * Clay Shirky, New York University, ITP * Ed Schlossberg, ESI Design * Lauren Yarmuth, YRG Sustainability Consultants