Attending ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) 2019? This year we are very excited to lead sessions on several different topics, including maker culture and designing for students. Below are more details on our sessions.
MakeTANK: Incorporating Maker Culture Into Design
How do we bring fabrication back into the design process? The mission of the BSA’s Knowledge Community “MakeTANK” is to create a collaborative environment to research and experiment with ideas in physical form; improving design quality, delivery, and material understanding. We believe making is an essential part of designing. This panel discussion will review how you can incorporate your version of “MakeTANK” and maker culture into your design process to create better designs, and designers in your office.
Wednesday, November 6 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Bradford Prestbo, FAIA, CDT, CSI, Director of Technical Resources, Sasaki
Parke MacDowell, AIA, Fabrication Manager | Associate, Payette
Jay Nothoff, BSA Member, Fabrication Studio Manager | Associate, Sasaki
Felipe Francisco, BSA Member, Architectural Designer and Fabricator, Sasaki
Peter Atwood, Interim Director of Digital Media, Boston Architectural College
Apples-to-Apples: Life Cycle Assessments and Façade Systems
As Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) become more important for carbon reduction goals and tools allow designers to compare design decisions, it is still difficult to perform an apples-to-apples comparison when it is most beneficial – in early design phases. Typical workflows and digital tools require modeling of a partial or full building in order to be analyzed; if this happens late in the process, LCAs document rather than drive design changes. A rigorous process was developed to create an accessible apples-to-apples LCA guide (read: menu) for specific building components empowering early, informed design decisions. Due to its impact on a building’s embodied carbon and design, typical façade systems were studied first. The panel will present their process, the basics of LCAs and how to implement and integrate LCAs into workflows, as well as sharing insight from with the façade system comparisons which is applicable to all project types.
Thursday, November 7 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Luke Laverty, Architect, Payette
Melanie Silver, Building Scientist, Payette
Rebecca Sturgeon, Designer, Payette
Successful and Empathetic Learning Spaces for Students
Pedagogies, study needs and socialization habits are changing with more diverse student bodies. Planners and architects must respond with an empathy-driven design process that captures the concerns and needs of future occupants.
Examining the Science Center at Amherst College, we will share the research and programming that lead to the innovative and successful design of student learning spaces in their new STEM facility. This includes information on newly developed teaching, research and informal learning spaces. The session will address the evolving space needs of STEM students, including the emerging needs of first generation and underrepresented minority groups.
The first year of occupancy at the New Science Center has revealed many intriguing outcomes: how are students using and adapting to novel teaching, study and social spaces; how is this project impacting students beyond STEM majors in the larger campus community; and what are the most essential features of the new building.
Thursday, November 7 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Sara Gewurz, Senior Associate, Payette
Vera Baranova, Architect, Payette
Jess Martin, Administrative Director, Amherst College
ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)
Boston Convention an Exhibition Center
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