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Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.
January 22 — April 25, 2009
MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities
Today’s engineers are working across disciplines and driving innovation. MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities looks at how engineers are envisioning and realizing the future of our built environment by transforming structures, improving environments, enhancing materials, re-inventing building technologies, and advancing forms. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.
Building on observations, analysis, and mathematical principles, engineers have developed the profession from empirical analysis into a field of expertise based on predictability and synthesis. With digital simulation and processing capabilities, engineers are utilizing comprehensive models to explore different options for optimizing structures and systems.
Twenty-first century engineers are tackling some of the most challenging concerns of our day. Exceeding LEED standards for sustainable building, engineers are conceiving of new ways for buildings to harvest and manage energy — floors that create electricity and facade systems that respond to the sun. Anticipating dwindling global resources, engineers are designing structures to new standards of efficiency and economy — stadiums that use 50% less steel and towers formed for optimal wind-loading.
These solutions are the product of creative and collaborative pursuit. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.
Exhibition Curatorial Team:
Pure + Applied
Framing Space Installation by:
Phillip Anzalone and Stephanie Bayard, aa64
The Trusset Structural System, invented by Phillip Anzalone and Cory Clarke, is a project of the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in collaboration with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Ginger Nolan, Columba GSAPP Ph.D Candidate
Special Thanks to our Advisory Committee:
Julie Applebaum, Center for Architecture Foundation Board
Phil Bernstein, Autodesk
Vincent Chang, Grimshaw
John Hennessy, ACEC President
Marvin Mass, Cosentini
Dan Nall, Flack + Kurtz
Craig Schwitter, Buro Happold
David Scott, Arup
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis
Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti.
Supporters: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, Josef Gartner USA, and Weidlinger Associates
Friend: Grimshaw Architects
Supporter: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York
The Framing Space Installation is generously provided by aa64 with additional support from:
Alusion, a product of Cymat Technologies Ltd.
Contrarian Metal Resources
General Plastics Manufacturing
Indalex Aluminum Solutions Group
Maloya Laser, Inc.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:00am — 5:00pm
Symposium: Energy Engineering
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers: a lecture by David Scott, Arup
Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Screening of Bird’s Nest, a film by Christoph Schaub & Michael Schindhelm
March 24 — April 11, 2009
Helfand Spotlight Series: Work in Progress: Green Walls
The success of green roofs has driven Landscape Architects and Architects to explore alternative exterior and interior applications of green planting technology, such as green walls, and green screens. Vertical planting presents challenges to proper irrigation and climate control, requiring innovative solutions.
Exhibition and related programs are made possible through the generous support of Alive Structures; Landscape Forms, Inc.; New York City Green Roof and Landscape; and Lieb’s Greenhouses Inc.
Organized by AIA New York and New York Chapter ASLA
WORK IN PROGRESS: GREEN WALLS is presented as part of the Margaret Helfand Spotlight Series.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 5:30 — 8:00pm