Columbia University Hosts “Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank in New York Print
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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 07:58



Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) fourth International Think Tank on February 18, 2011, at The Center for Architecture, in New York City. Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors, owners, and other industry experts will gather to explore solutions that could change the building industry for the better as part of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP).

The C-BIP New York Think Tank, entitled "(Re)Searching Knowledge" is open to the public, by reservation, from 9:30 am–5:00 pm at The Center for Architecture, Tafel Hall, located at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City (212-683-0023). http://cfa.aiany.org The Columbia Building Intelligence Project is made possible by the generous support of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™.
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Among the speakers and moderators who will participate are:
Michelle Addington Professor of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture / Sean Ahearn Director, Center for Analysis and Research of Spatial Information, Hunter College / Phillip Anzalone Director, Building Science and Technology Sequence, Columbia University GSAPP; Moderator / James Barrett National Director of Lean Building, Turner Construction Company / David Benjamin Director, Living Architecture Lab, Columbia University GSAPP; Moderator / Phillip Bernstein Vice President, Autodesk and Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture / David Burney Commissioner, Department of Design and Construction, City of New York / Steve Coletta Vice President and Division Head, F.J. Sciame Construction Co. Inc. / Tom Eich Partner, Ideo / Nader Fateh Vice President of Business Development, Esteco / Robert Fox Partner, Cook + Fox Architects / Eitan Grinspun Associate Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University / Edwin B. Hathaway CEO, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™ / Natalie Jerimijenko Associate Professor of Visual Art, New York University / Hanif Kara Design Director and Co-Founder, Adams Kara Taylor / Sheila Kennedy Professor of Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture / Laurie Kerr Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Sustainability, City of New York / Axel Killian Assistant Professor of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture / James Kotronis Regional Manager, Gehry Technologies / Laura Kurgan Director, Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University GSAPP; Moderator / Scott Marble Director Fabrication Research and Digital Fabrication Laboratory, Columbia University GSAPP; Moderator / Nilda Mesa Director of Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University / John Nastasi Industry Professor and Director of Product-Architecture Program, Stevens Institute / Mark Wigley Dean, Columbia University GSAPP / William Zahner President and CEO, Zahner.

Participants have been asked to re-think the future of the building industry in four 90-minute sessions of short pecha-kucha style presentations followed by roundtable discussions. The first session, "Design/Integrate" will focus on relationships and potential conflicts between design as a creative act and the industry trend toward high levels of integration even at the early stages of building projects. The second session, "Interoperability / Interactivity" will explore the PlaNYC mandate to reduce the carbon footprint of New York City by 30% by 2030 and addresses the broader technical, professional and political issues of sharing information and integrating data when city agencies, industry professionals and the citizens of an entire city are challenged to collectively achieve a measured goal. Session three, "Exploration/Exploitation" will examine the novel use of computational tools like simulation and optimization to explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of design and construction. The final session, "Virtual/Physical" will look at the differences and distinct advantages of virtual working environments and physical face-to-face contact in the context of building industry collaboration.

More information about C-BIP and previous Think Tanks held in New York, London and Tokyo can be found at: www.arch.columbia.edu/c-bip

Conference Contact:
Benjamin Prosky
Director of Special Events
Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation
Columbia University, New York, USA
T: 212-854-9248
F: 212-864-0410
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