A weekly virtual live show that brings experts together to discuss the challenges facing the AEC industry.
Live streaming Fridays at 1pm ET.
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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Screen Time: Student Work Gets the Immersive Treatment
This one hour moderated panel is hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with Eventscape. Gareth Brennan, the Founder & President of Eventscape, will give short opening remarks before turning the stage over to the speakers.
The pandemic, disruptive though it’s been, has also revealed opportunities for experimentation. Case in point: for the second time, New York City’s architecture schools have adapted their end-of-year exhibitions for a digital format, trading in-person displays for immersive online environments. The most imaginative solutions pair a firm grasp of spatial and exhibition design with cutting-edge technologies, resulting in truly unique experiences. During this hour-long panel, we will hear from school heads about their efforts to cross the digital divide and what teachable moments the projects had to offer students.
These student showcases are fixtures of New York’s design calendar and help anchor events such as NYCxDesign. Owing to COVID-related restraints, NYCxDesign has also made adjustments to its lineup, moving its in-person programming to later in the year and adding a weeklong virtual event launching in mid-May. Eventscape, the presenting sponsor for “Architecture” Design Day is well known in the New York A&D community as a trusted Design, Engineering, & Fabrication Partner for prestigious projects in New York and worldwide. Eventscape’s recently opened Long Island City facility will provide a local office to deepen their ties with both recent grads and established architects.
Nader Tehrani, Dean, Cooper Union School of Architecture
Harriet Harriss, Dean, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Robert Kirkbride, Dean, Parsons' School of Constructed Environments
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.