Advanced fabrication technology has unfolded exciting architectural opportunities. What was once thought impossible is now reality. Together with innovations in materials, it has enabled new facade solutions where design and function come together in almost limitless ways. Now more than ever, collaboration between architect and fabricator empowers each to stretch their imagination, creating challenging projects that are inspiring the next era of designs.

The METALS IN CONSTRUCTION 2012 FACADES CONFERENCE brings together leading designers and fabricators to explore this collaboration through case studies of recent work and roundtable discussions. Presented by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York and The Architect’s Newspaper, this one-day event is the first in a series of conferences created to help designers and builders understand the ways in which technology can transform design aspirations into reality. From using BIM for communicating effectively with fabricators, to examining new resources for curtain wall design, the conference offers an unprecedented opportunity to survey the possibilities of designing with metals in the digital age.
Day 1 Conference:
Key Note Speaker:
Patrik Schumacher
Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
Speakers include: Bill Zahner, Dennis Shelden, Mic Patterson, Federico Negro, Digital Fabrication Alliance, Brad Bell, Andrew Vrana, Anna Dyson, Phillip Anzalone, Erik Verboon, Sergio deGaetano, Reese Campbell, William Menking, Julie V. Iovine.
More on each of the speakers here.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
McGraw-Hill Auditorium
New York, New York
Day 2 Workshop:
1 Parametric Design, Gil Akos / Ronnie Parsons
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will introduce participants to the cultural, technological, and tectonic domain of parametric design and digital fabrication. Over two sessions, we will investigate work-flows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions through the use of Grasshopper. The workshop curriculum will progress through a series of applied exercises and will be supported by a series of lectures on fundamental concepts such as computational geometry, implicit/explicit dependencies, and data management and manipulation in order to foster a fast-paced and productive learning environment.

2 Scripted Design, Skylar Tibbits
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will provide an introduction to Python for Rhino. Topics covered will include: Running Scripts, Syntax, Data Types, Variables, Flow Control, Tuples/Lists/Dictionaries, Points/Vectors, Functions, Paneling and Recursion. The training will concentrate on IronPython within Rhino.

3 Revit Design, David Fano
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop builds from fundamental Revit design concepts to advanced techniques concentrating on how the formal and organizational potentials emerge from informational modeling.

4 Computational Design & 4D Sequencing,
John D. Cerone & Hashim Sulieman
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
Session one will focus on basic parametric-rule based modeling that allows design variations and tests the limits of form. The second session is a step by step 4D construction sequencing model process. Software used: Catia/Digital Project; Rhinoceros; Navisworks® Manage; Microsoft project; Microsoft Excel.

5 Rhino Design, Kevin Patrick McClellan & Brad Bell
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will cover user interface navigation and provide a broad understanding of the different tool sets and workflow options within the software. Step-by-step design problems will address both Solids Modeling, NURBS Modeling and documentation methods. Advanced techniques for complex geometries and the use of the paneling tools plug-in will be covered in the afternoon session.
Pratt Manhattan Campus, 144 W 14th St, New York, NY
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