Track B Agenda

TECH+ features a full day of industry-changing ideas, projects, tools, and demos from technology leaders.

These sessions run concurrently in 4 tracks with 4 one hour sessions for you to choose from.

Earn up to 6 AIA HSW LU.

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Breakfast

9:30 - 9:35 AM

  • Dionne Darling
    Associate Publisher
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor-in-Chief

9:35 - 10:15 AM

The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet – can encompass many domains: from production to citizen participation, from energy to mobility to public hygiene, all of which requiring new insights due to the changes brought forth by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

  • Moderator
    Carlo Ratti
    Director
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor-in-Chief

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30-11:30 AM

Research and pedagogy that focuses on radical low-carbon and health building materials is critically needed to address global climatic, societal, and economic urgencies. Specifically, earth- and bio-based materials have been receiving increasing attention due to their availability, ease of application, and sustainable features. However, earth- and bio-based materials are yet to be integrated into mainstream projects and building technology curricula worldwide, and raw (non-stabilized) mixtures require further research to increase durability, construction pace, and applicable usages. In this presentation, Prof. Lola Ben-Alon will share her ongoing work at the Natural Materials Lab at Columbia GSAPP, where she catalyzes ecological knowledge—both traditional and futuristic—on earth- and bio-based materials throughout their design, construction, fabrication, and policy arenas.

  • Lola Ben-Alon
    Director
  • Paige Davidson
    Associate Newsletter Editor

11:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Steven Burns, FAIA
    Chief Creative Officer
  • Connor Tluck
    Solutions Architect
  • Jeff DeCaito
    Founding Principal

11:45 - 12:00 PM

Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

You can’t mitigate the emissions that you don’t measure. Through a series of case studies, representatives of leading sustainable design firms will discuss the tools they use to assess carbon emissions and how these assessments shape project outcomes. This session will cover both energy- and material-related emissions, as well as how they come together in a “total carbon” assessment. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we will focus on how teams can leverage data to identify specific and relevant decarbonization pathways for a particular project. Our discussion aims to be accessible to people unfamiliar with carbon accounting while offering fresh insights to experts, showing how every project—big or small—can play a role in our low-carbon future.

  • Jack Rusk
    Climate Strategist
  • Efrie Escott
    Principal
  • Alex Ianchenko
    Researcher
  • Paige Davidson
    Associate Newsletter Editor

1:00 - 1:15 PM

  • Altaf Ganihar
    CEO
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Aurimas Sabulis
    CEO
  • Patrick Chopson
    Co-Founder
  • Carolina Corrales
    Account Manager

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Lunch

2:15-3:15 PM

As the urgency to address climate change and halt greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continues to grow, designers have a responsibility to make smart design decisions to minimize their buildings’ GHG emissions. The steps to designing a carbon-smart building are two-fold: minimize embodied carbon and bring operational carbon to zero. This session will look at the holistic carbon profile of the built environment and the cutting-edge tools and processes that design teams can use to design carbon out of their projects.

  • Bret Mantyk LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
  • Paige Davidson
    Associate Newsletter Editor

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30-4:30 PM

As professionals who readily engage with large and complex data sets in our day-to-day work, architects and engineers are uniquely positioned to tackle the issues related to measuring and interpreting embodied carbon data on projects. In this session we will discuss a variety of approaches that we are utilizing in the enclosure and structural engineering fields for tracking and reducing embodied carbon as designs evolve from ideas into high fidelity models. The examples and approaches discussed will highlight how design professionals can leverage the technology and skills that already exist within their practices, and aim them towards decarbonization efforts in the built environment.

  • Katherine Chan
    Sr. Associate
  • Gustav Fagerström, ARB
    Principal
  • Jared Friedman
    Senior Associate
  • Paige Davidson
    Associate Newsletter Editor

4:30 - 4:45 PM

  • Dionne Darling
    Associate Publisher
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor-in-Chief

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