Bits and Mortar: Architecture in the Age of Digital Communication is a Saturday symposium – with a Sunday evening keynote by Frank Gehry - that will discuss how architecture enabled by digital technology can drive cultural change beyond its traditional boundaries.
8:30am - 9:15 am Breakfast, Greetings and Introductions
Remarks - Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director
Remarks - Joseph J Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY President 2012
Remarks - David Piscuskas, FAIA, 1100 Architect
Overview - Paul Seletsky, AIA, AIANY Technology Committee Co-Chair
9:15am - 10:45am - Morning Session – Energy, Education & Healthcare
Presenter - David Bartlett, VP IBM Smarter Buildings
Presenter - James Ramsey, The Low Line Project
Presenter - Zigmund Rubel, AIA, Aditazz
Moderator - Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture Information
Speaker Profiles – Morning Session
David Bartlett leads IBM's smarter building initiative and is known as the "building whisperer" because he views buildings as living organisms, an approach he believes can help identify problems and suggest cost-effective ways for making buildings healthier and more energy-efficient. Bartlett, who studied biology, eventually sees buildings forming part of a wider ecosystem that brings nature into cities, making them more literally "green."
James Ramsey is a former NASA engineer and current principal of New York-based RAAD. Following the economic downturn in 2008, he discovered an underground trolley station on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, derelict since 1948, and conceived of transforming it into an underground park full of plants, pathways and sunlight – all brought down below grade using fiber-optic technology. Most interestingly, he and partner Dan Barasch sought funding for their project, now dubbed “The Low Line,” via a new online venture funding website called Kickstarter. Five days following their launch, Ramsey and Barasch raised more than half their targeted goal of $100,000 (exceeded on the eighth day to $155,000), enabling them to generate an official proposal for the park and a continuing level of public interest and excitement.
Zigmund Rubel, AIA, is a licensed architect advocating Integrated Project Delivery in healthy, healing and sustainable environments. He is a founder of Aditazz, a technology startup in Northern California whose mission is to revolutionize current methods of designing, constructing and operating healthcare facilities by leveraging proven design and manufacturing techniques from other industries. Aditazz also aims to automate repetitive tasks in building design flow and enable the use of advanced manufacturing techniques in the construction process. Their key goal is to provide faster realization of health care facilities with improved construction quality and reduced operational costs.
More information: cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=4978