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    Engineered Transparency Is Happenin'

    Mark Bearak Sep 26 '07 4


    Hello Everyone,
    Today is the first day of the Engineering Transparency conference at the GSAPP. It is a 3 day festival with hundreds of speakers and guests. Definitely sneak into as many lectures as possible if you get a chance to stop by.

    Here is the brief:

    After the last century’s call to a radical new architecture and urban life, glass architecture is more ubiquitous today than ever. A deeply engineered product, glass has re-emerged in a new light as a seemingly more culturally accepted material in design and construction. Its new appearance, however, reveals a virtually new product replacing the glass used even twenty years ago. The innovations are observable and have direct use.

    Offering new modes of visual pleasure and spatial experience to occupants—glass has also been the beneficiary of major advances in engineering that are decidedly less visible—structural innovations, new control and design engineering at the level of optics, thermal properties, and fabrication limits as well as installation have quietly reconfigured the extent and reach of glass applications. We are so continually surrounded by such discretely functioning glass, that we don’t even see it. This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring an ordinarily extraordinary material back before our eyes.

    Convened by
    Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
    Mark Wigley, Dean, GSAPP
    Michael Bell, Associate Professor

    Columbia University Department of Civil
    Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
    Christian Meyer, Chair and Professor

    The Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Building Construction
    Bernhard Weller, Director and Professor


    INTRODUCTION TO CONFERENCE
    Wednesday, September 26, 6:30
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Mark Wigley
    Dean
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    KEYNOTE LECTURE
    Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 - 8:00PM
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Kazuyo Sejima
    Architect
    SANAA, Tokyo

    The lecture will be followed by a wine reception outside of the auditorium.
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    DAY 1
    Thursday, September 27, 9:30AM - 6:00PM
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    9:30AM - REGISTRATION & COFFEE

    10:00AM - INTRODUCTIONS
    Michael Bell
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Christian Meyer
    Chair and Professor
    Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
    Bernhard Weller
    Director and Professor
    Institute of Building Construction, Technische Universität Dresden

    10:30AM - PANEL: IS GLASS STILL GLASS?

    Moderator
    Michael Bell
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Speakers
    Roberto Bicchiarelli
    Vice President
    Permasteelisa Cladding Technologies, CT
    Laurie Hawkinson
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Reinhold Martin
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Detlef Mertins
    Chair and Professor of Architecture
    Department of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    12:00PM - BREAK

    1:30PM - PANEL: TECHNIQUES & CONNECTIONS: VISUAL & MECHANICAL

    Moderator
    Kenneth Frampton
    Ware Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Speakers
    James Carpenter
    Architect
    James Carpenter Design Associates, NYC
    Guy Nordenson
    Professor of Architecture
    School of Architecture, Princeton University
    Engineer
    Guy Nordenson and Associates, NYC
    Francios Roche
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Architect
    R&Sie(n), Paris
    Hans Shober
    Engineer
    Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart

    3:00PM - PANEL: GLASS AT THE LIMITS

    Moderator
    Antoine Picon
    Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology
    GSD, Harvard University

    Speakers
    Beatriz Colomina
    Professor of Architecture
    School of Architecture, Princeton University
    Elizabeth Diller
    Architect
    Diller Scofidio + Renfro, NYC
    Matthias Schuler
    Engineer
    TRANSSOLAR, Stuttgart
    Bernhard Weller
    Director and Professor
    Institute of Building Construction, Technische Universität Dresden

    5:00PM - PANEL: THE NEAR & FAR FUTURE OF GLASS

    Moderator
    Mark Wigley
    Dean
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Conversation
    Steven Holl
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Werner Sobek
    Engineer
    Werner Sobek Engineering & Design, Stuttgart

    6:00PM - Reception outside Wood Auditorium
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    DAY 2
    Friday, September 28, 9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    9:00AM - REGISTRATION & COFFEE

    9:30AM - PANEL: STRUCTURAL GLASS, STRUCTURE & GLASS

    Moderator
    Richard Tomasetti
    Engineer
    Thornton Tomasetti, NYC

    Speakers
    Ulrich Knaack
    Professor of Architecture
    Technical University, Delft
    Nina Rappaport
    Publications Director
    School of Architecture, Yale University
    Jens Schneider
    Engineer, University of Applied Science, Frankfurt

    11:15AM - PANEL: OPTICS & CLIMATE ENGINEERING

    Moderator
    Joan Ockman
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Speakers
    Michelle Addington
    Associate Professor of Architecture
    School of Architecture, Yale University
    Robert Heintges
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Wilfried Laufs
    Engineer
    Werner Sobek Engineering & Design, Stuttgart
    Toshihiro Oki
    Architect
    SANAA, Tokyo

    12:30PM - BREAK

    2:00PM - PANEL: NEW MATERIALS/ CONVERSION OF LIGHT

    Moderator
    Scott Marble
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University

    Speakers
    Graham Dodd
    Engineer
    ARUP, London
    Susanne Rexroth
    Architect
    Institute of Building Construction, Technische Universität Dresden
    Tom Richardson
    Engineer
    Lawrence Berkeley Labs, UC Berkeley
    Stefan Roschert
    Architect
    Diller Scofidio + Renfro, NYC

    3:15PM - BREAK

    3:30PM - PANEL: SECURITY, SAFETY & BLAST LOADING

    Moderators
    Michael Bell
    Professor of Architecture
    GSAPP, Columbia University
    Christian Meyer
    Chair and Professor
    Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

    Speakers
    Albrecht Burmeister
    Engineer
    DELTA-X, Stuttgart
    Scott Norville
    Professor of Engineering
    Department of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
    Robert Smilowitz
    Engineer
    Applied Sciences Division, Weidlinger Associates, NYC

    5:00PM - CONCLUDING REMARKS

    END SCHEDULED EVENTS
     

     
    • 4 Comments

    • Steven WardSteven Ward
      Sep 27, 07 8:18 am

      while giving such focus to technological developments and making attempts to understand their design implications is interesting and exciting, some time after the first day of glassglassglass i'd hit memory bank overload and not absorb much else.

      lots of great speakers and a great event, but it might have more impact if broken up a little?

      Fred ScharmenFred Scharmen
      Sep 27, 07 10:19 am

      heheh.

      c.k.
      Sep 28, 07 7:45 pm

      is happenin' for sure

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Sep 29, 07 12:12 pm

      aw, man, i saw that article about the genetically-modified transparent-skinned frogs and didn't make the connection! good one, ckl!

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