A weekly virtual live show that brings experts together to discuss the challenges facing the AEC industry.
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In the past few weeks we have witnessed a dramatic shift in the way we work. Architects and designers work from their living rooms, connected to each other via chat and webcam, while trade partners labor on building sites—where they remain open, that is. Who counts as “essential” and “nonessential” in this scenario? Have we been measuring productivity wrong? And what new techniques might emerge to bridge the gap?
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Last month, amid a rare but not unprecedented winter storm, Texas’s energy infrastructure was put to the test and came back with failing marks. The ensuing emergency led to service breakdowns and left millions in the cold without power or water. We will consider the weak points in the state’s unregulated electric grid while also exploring what role architecture had in the crisis. As the weather becomes more unpredictable and architecture’s integration with urban planning more critical, what is the architect’s role in the resilient infrastructure of the future?
The AEC industry is a major contributor to annual carbon emissions, so any positive changes to the status quo in the way of materials and methods stand to have a big impact. But how do we quantify that impact? What tools can be used to track and seize on efficiencies at every stage of the building process, from sourcing to completion? And if we adopt a life-cycle perspective of buildings, how can wood be introduced as a big player? Industry leaders will discuss these questions and will propose strategies that aim at decarbonizing the built environment.
It’s easy to say we want high performance facades for our commercial, hospitality and institutional projects … but often a challenge to bring this to fruition balancing the considerations of energy efficiency, occupant well-being, budget et al. This panel – all key players in achieving facade solutions – will discuss facade trends and the role that each of their specialties – glass, aluminum, thermal management, design, installation – will play.
The COVID-19 pandemic is fostering myopic perspectives of nationwide urban decline, and, in many ways, a recalibration towards suburban living. Are these notions misguided if not incorrect? These three panelists will discuss the present challenges facing urban areas, economic and social conditions which counter this narrative, and planning steps to improve long-term resiliency.