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Agenda | Facades+ Boston
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MIT Samberg Conference Center
Chang Bldg., 6th floor
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Map and Directions

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery sponsored by 
Expanding the Envelope: Generating Urban Data for Responsive Design
Jascha Franklin-Hodge | City of Boston
Cathy Wissink | Microsoft
Dan O’Brien | Northeastern University
Moderator: Brad Barnett | Sasaki Strategies

Panel Description

This panel will feature a conversation among top municipal officials and civic tech innovators about a new generation of urban design. Today, “smart buildings” increasingly sense — and respond to in real time — their urban context. Building envelopes can no longer be treated as isolated sculptural or structural objects; rather, they are part of a complex system of environmental, regulatory, and human factors. This conversation will look both at the technology — such as sensors and smart grids — that generate data around buildings, and at the new design intersections at the scale of connected cities and discrete structures.
Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery sponsored by 
Modernist Performance Retrofits
Ann Beha | Ann Beha Architects
David Fixler | David Fixler Architects
Andrea Love | Payette
Moderator: Brad Prestbo | Sasaki Associates

Panel Description

Performance and preservation experts will discuss what it takes to increase an existing building’s performance while maintaining the integrity and character of existing and historic buildings


Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery sponsored by 

Panel Description

Join the conversation with leading architects and engineers that are reshaping both the street-level conditions and skylines of Boston through building and urban design projects including Boston Landing and Millennium Tower Boston, Dewey Square, and Seaport District.
Complimentary Networking Lunch | Methods and Materials Gallery


Hone your craft with afternoon sessions-and earn 4 AIA HSW CEUs
The afternoon sessions provide a unique opportunity to have an in-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers present their current projects as real-world case studies. You will select from the 3 afternoon sessions to suit your professional goals. The Workshops have an intimate class size, creating an environment conducive to innovation and creative problem-solving.

1. High-Performance Detailing for Facade Systems
SOLD OUT. Waitlist Available
Instructors: Christopher O’ Hara | Studio NYL
Melissa Wong | Thornton Tomasetti
Erik Verboon | Walter P. Moore

Workshop Description

This session will explore the process of executing high-performance facade systems
with a group of experts who will walk you through a series of advanced practices and problem solving techniques.

2. Visual Programming with Dynamo
Instructors: Kyle Martin | Tocci Building Companies
Colin McCrone | Safdie Architects
Workshop Description

Visual programming is gaining momentum in the AEC industry for its adaptability and expansion of design, documentation, and delivery processes. Platforms like the Dynamo add-in for Revit allow for everything from rapid iteration of form to batch automation of repetitious Revit tasks. This workshop
seeks to familiarize attendees with the ways Dynamo is being utilized to navigate the design process,
communicate information, and optimize production workflows. Join us to learn about the fundamentals
visual programming, development currently taking place in the industry, and how this tool can apply to
your organization.

Attendees should bring a laptop with Revit 2016 or later and Dynamo version 1.3.0 already installed,
which can be downloaded for free from: Dynamobim.org.

3. Emerging Modes in Generative Design
SOLD OUT. Waitlist Available
Instructors: Paul E. Kassabian | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Amin Tadjsoleiman | NADAAA
Richard Merlino | Addaero Manufacturing
Platt Boyd | Branch Technology
Workshop Description

This session will explore how new technologies in full-scale structural 3D printing (metal, concrete, carbon fiber, bamboo resins etc.) relate to new design thinking. How will new fabrication techniques change our industry and what new kinds of design are made possible by implementing cutting-edge techniques in generative and computational design to provide better solutions for both the unique and everyday design.

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