Designing on the Edge

We hope that everyone is staying nice and warm following the great snowstorm scare of 2015. Now that things are more or less back to normal, the AIA New York Chapter would like to invite you to attend the first event of a series related to the theme of AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice.” The theme will explore how architects are boldly enlarging the purview of the practitioner, bringing their particular critical problem-solving skills and design acumen to endeavors previously considered outside the traditional scope of practice. According to Rossant, there has never been a time when the role of the architect has been more relevant as an instrument to shape culture, society, and the environment.

On 02.02.15, “Edge Construction: The Future of Modular” will focus on how architects have pushed the boundaries of the profession into the design of alternative construction means and methods. Modular, or offsite, construction has become broadly accepted but not yet employed at a large scale. What is the future of this construction method? And, considering Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, should modular construction techniques be employed to deliver more affordable housing to the city? Join us to hear answers to these questions and more!