FUTURE ENVELOPE SYMPOSIUM 2011
This year, the 5th time the future envelope symposium was held in the TU Delft hosted by the facade research group led by Ulrich Knaack and Tillmann Klein. This years topic was all about technology transfer.
It was a well visited event with about 150 guests and a lineup with international speakers from different fields of profession.
The conference was divided into four sessions, each followed by a discussion. Close contact with the audience is always a fix part of the concept. As in past years we were happy to welcome a prominent list of speakers:
Prof. Wim Poelman leads the chair of Product Realization at the University of Twente. He bridges the gap between product design and the building industry.
Prof. Andreas Fuchs (FAT Lab Stuttgart) will speak about his experience with developing building services integrated constructions for the façade industry.
As a third speaker in this session Prof. Anne Beim from the Centre of Industrial Architecture (CINARK) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts will talk about how the needs for industrial processes can be introduced into architectural design strategies.
Material and Technology
Thermoplastic composites are important materials for many contemporary high-end applications in transportation, industry and healthcare. Prof. Remco Akkermann is head of the Thermo Plastic Composite Research Centre at the University Twente and will speek about the potential of this material for the building industry.
Hans van Rennes is Vice President of the famous car manufacturer Spycker. He will share his knowledge about building automobiles and answer our question as to which technologies could be transferred from this industry to façade construction.
Designing on nano-scale could be a description of what Prof. Dick Broer does. He is head of the Department for Functional Organic Materials & Devices at TU Einhoven and will share his visions about the wide range of possible applications of polymer technologies for building envelopes.
Process and Management
The constant stream of new developments is challenging current process and management strategies. Prof. Stephen Ledbetter is head of the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology, University of Bath. He will speak about their integration into a craftsmanship driven building industry.
Lars Anders is managing director of priedemann facade consult a façade consulting company doing business around the world. His lecture will be about the challenges we face when trying to realize the growing complexity of building envelope in practice.
Design disciplines and with them the façade industry increasingly depend on data creation, 3D simulations and communication. Prof. Peter Russell, RWTH Aachen, shares his vision on the influence of data management on design and building envelope performance.
Architecture and Design
Prof. Daniel Dendra, architect and co-founder of OpenSimSim. The concept is an open dissemination of knowledge. He will tell us about the chances of web based collaboration tools for architectural design.
The lecture of Kasper Guldager Jørgensen will focus on the role of the architect. He is head GNX innovation at 3XN Architects in Copenhagen and his task is the integration of new technologies in their design process.
Front is one of the leading façade design offices in New York. Founding Partner Bruce Nichol will finalize the conference with his vision on future building envelopes.
Next year the future envelope will be held in Bath / UK more informations will follow.