Come join us and attend
Big and Super-Green: From Buildings
Wednesday, October 6
|12:30 PM – 1:00 PM||Registration|
|1:00 PM – 1:10 PM||
Program Welcome & Introduction
Keith Fox - view bio»
Charles Linn, FAIA - view bio»
|1:15 PM – 2:00 PM||
The Decarbonization of Chicago Plan
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, along with PositivEnergy Practice, will present the new, holistic planning approach they have developed to reduce to carbon emissions in dense urban cores. Their plan exploits the efficiencies that come from urban dwelling. At the core of the plan are the adaptation of underutilized commercial buildings as residential structures, and energy-efficiency upgrades of aging office buildings. If enacted, the plan promises to reduce the area’s emissions of 3.9 million metric tons of carbon per year enough to meet the goals of the 2030 Challenge.
Robert Forest, AIA, RIBA, OAA, LEED AP - view bio»
Roger E. Frechette II, PE, LEED AP - view bio»
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||
Special Guest Lecturer: Content Driven Approaches to an Innovative Architecture
Stefan Behnisch’s first building abroad, the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands (1998), an EU pilot project for sustainable architecture, paved the way for the success of his practice in the field of ecologically responsible architecture. Other milestones were the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA, a LEED Platinum rated company headquarter building, and the recently completed award-winning Unilever headquarter building in Hamburg’s HafenCity. His portfolio also comprises residential projects, museums, schools, university buildings and sports facilities. Stefan Behnisch will present the firm’s objectives – to create aesthetically pleasing, robust and lasting environments where the building’s occupants feel well. In all his projects he strives to develop an ecologically sound architecture, optimizing the use of available resources, while reducing the reliance upon technical means.
Robert Matthew Noblett, AIA NCARB - view bio»
|3:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Networking & Refreshment Break|
|3:30 PM – 4:15 PM||
Bionics as a Tool for Innovation in Architecture & Megacities: The Case of Be-Bionic City Tower
The Be-Bionic City Tower is the first model for a vertical city. It is also the first-high rise structure able to reach 1,228 meters in elevation, and the first vertical construction able to be fully self-sustainable. It is able to create its own energy using natural resources as the sun's radiation, wind, and rain. Preliminary investigations on this biological vertical complex were done at Columbia University in New York in 1984 and 1985, and first prototypes of Be-Bionic City Tower were created in over the next 20 years. Now, after two and half decades of research into mega-cities urban planning and bionics, an avant-garde generation of the BBCT will be presented.
M. Rosa Cervera, Ph.D. - view bio»
Javier Pioz, Ph.D. - view bio»
|4:15 PM – 5:00 PM||
Burj Khalifa: A New Paradigm
Burj Khalifa, designed and engineered by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, is one for the record books. At 2,717 feet (828 meters), Burj Khalifa shatters all previous height records and now holds the title of world’s tallest manmade structure. From the project's initial concept design through construction, the combination of several important technological innovations results in a building of unprecedented height. Bill Baker, lead structural engineer, will discuss how the team's unique approach toward managing the forces of nature and employing a design process based on experimentation resulted in the creation of an entirely new structural system.
William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE - view bio»
Day One Closing Remarks
Laura Viscusi - view bio»
|5:00 PM – 6:30 PM||
Cocktail & Networking Reception
Thursday, October 7
|8:30 AM – 9:00 AM||Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 AM – 9:45 AM||
Keynote Address: Green Metropolis
Most Americans think of crowded cites as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage, and diesel fumes and traffic jams. But life in the suburbs and rural areas are not the green panacea many people think they are. Keynote speaker David Owen will show us why the residents of compact urban centers individually consume less oil, electricity and water, discard less trash and most importantly, spend less time in cars than other Americans. And, he’ll explore the reasons that Manhattan may be the most ecologically friendly city in the country.
David Owen - view bio»
|9:45 AM – 10:00 AM||
Energy Innovations at NASA’s Sustainability Base
Steve Heibesen and Charles Linn discuss how Mechoshade is helping reduce energy costs at NASA?s newest building.
|10:00 AM – 10:30 AM||
Networking & Refreshment Break
|10:30 – 11:15 AM||
The Making of a New Green City: New Songdo City, South Korea
New Songdo City was started from scratch, starting from a landfill in 2001. Now 30% constructed, the design aims to fulfill goals of sustainability through infrastructural engineering and by using architectural measures to promote a pedestrian environment. Completed projects include Korea?s tallest tower, an international school, a long-span convention center and a 100 acre self-watering park.
James von Klemperer, FAIA - view bio»
|11:15 AM – 12:00 PM||
Case Study: Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Canada
Manitoba Hydro Place is one of North America’s most sophisticated large-scale, energy-efficient buildings. Despite being in an extremely challenging climate, it is predicted that it will use 65 percent less energy than a comparable mid-rise office building. Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects of Toronto, Canada, and Thomas Auer of Transsolar KlimaEngineering, Stuttgart, Germany, will present this fascinating case study.
Thomas Auer - view bio»
Bruce Kuwabara - view bio»
Charles Linn, FAIA