The Facade Tectonics Institute announces an extension to the abstract submission period for the call for papers for its 2020 World Congress (FTI WC2020) to be convened in Los Angeles on March 25-26. A significant number of inquiries indicated a perception that paper topics were limited to those addressing aspects of carbon neutrality. While this is a particularly relevant focus, it is but one among many; when it comes to the building facade there is much to talk about. And the Institute is aggressively inclusive, with the mission of bringing all the many voices that comprise the building industry together in an uncensored conversation of all things building skin. Toward this end, the conference theme has been recast: Face Time 2020: Better buildings through better skins. There is, after all, little in buildings and urban habitat that is not in some way affected by the building facade, with impacts ranging broadly through both aesthetic and performative considerations. The Institute intends to reflect this full range in its WC2020 event and invites you to round out the dialogue.
The response to the call for papers has been robust despite the confusion and we are looking at the possibility of adding an additional day to the event. We strongly encourage you to submit an abstract. We intend to organize the conference program around the topical content represented by the submissions we receive, so any aspect of buildings and urban habitat considered through the lens of the building facade will be considered. Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:
Submissions will be evaluated through a two-stage abstract and paper blind peer-review process by the Institute’s Technical Review Committee comprised of some 300 industry and academic leaders. Papers will be published in a proceedings, and select papers may be used for an edited book or journal. We are investigating multiple additional ways to capture conference activities and outcomes.
Important submission dates
Abstract submission instructions
The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2019. The abstract should be 350 words or less and may include one image. Please submit the abstract as a .doc or .pdf file using the naming convention: lastname-firstname.docx or .pdf.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and pay the special author’s registration fee. Membership in the Institute is also required. A discounted membership fee will be offered to authors that are not already members.
Events are being planned preceding, during and following the Congress itself. These may include receptions, dinners and tours, to be announced. The Institute will also conduct a meeting of its Board of Directors and host various committee meetings the day preceding the Congress. A limited hotel room block will be reserved for registered participants. More information will be provided as event planning progresses. Follow our SKINS newsletter for new developments. A website for the Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress website will be announced midyear 2019.
We are expecting over 500 registrants. Discounted sponsorship opportunities will be available for early adopters.
Please email any questions to Caroline Szuch at email@example.com.
About the Facade Tectonics Institute
Facade Tectonics started as a series of invited roundtable discussions at the University of Southern California in 2007; a strategic response to the escalating importance and complexity of building facade technology. The roundtables grew into a series of conference events that drew hundreds of participants with a broad range of interests in the building skin. The accelerating change of facade technology and the growing awareness of the facade as integral to overall building design has propelled Facade Tectonics to the forefront of the rapidly evolving dialogue of building skin. The 2015 milestone in the evolution of Facade Tectonics was the formation of the Facade Tectonics Institute, with the mission of carrying out progressive and broad-based research and education in building facade technology. The intent is to catalyze and foster deep collaborative initiatives that bridge the fragmented market segments of the building industry, pairing industry, government, academia, the profession, and ownership. Integral to this mission is the dissemination of historical, theoretical and practical information derived from this research to the building marketplace, thereby acting as a conduit and facilitator for both learning and further collaborative research pursuits.
Facade Tectonics has produced numerous half-day and one-day forums across the U.S. and internationally, with 7 events planned for 2019, all held on college campuses. However, the World Congress is our premier event, conducted on even years, featuring exclusively the presentation of papers whose authors have navigated a rigorous blind peer review process; no keynote, no pay-to-play, only highly credible deeply technical content. The acclaimed 2016 and 2018 World Congresses produced over 200 papers with over 450 registered participants each.
We are already very excited to see you in Los Angeles in 2020!
Katie Gould firstname.lastname@example.org
World Congress Coordinator
To submit an abstract for Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress please follow the instructions below:
If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Szuch at email@example.com