RECAP | Facade Tectonics Forum: MINNEAPOLIS

The second of the 2019 Regional Forum Series, Phase Change, took place in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Minnesota has a unique and profound impact on the trajectory of contemporary facades. It’s an epicenter of expertise in architectural glass, curtainwall systems, metal cladding, and kinetic enclosures. The community’s extreme climate promotes rigorous technical thinking and innovations in enclosure design. FTI’s vision and mission resonates with the city’s forward outlook and sought to bring architects, engineers, fabricators and academics together to explore and confront themes central to the ever-evolving facade.

The panels were comprised by professionals from leading organizations in the A/E/C/O industry including HGA Architects, Viracon, Enclos, SageGlass and Walter P Moore among many others who discussed factors such as energy-efficiency and sustainability, digital technology, kinetic and dynamic component and material evolution. Through case studies, data analytics, projects and forward thinking, panelists explored how technology propels the evolution of the built environment, highlighting local developments such as building envelopes that require less materials, harness more power and leave less of a resource footprint.

Other aspects of the day’s discussion included Scott Murray of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s historical analysis of IEC codes and how the current codes are not setting forth minimal technical requirements; Carly Coulson of COULSON’s presentation on how Minnesota’s climate and environmental identity affects the industries approach to design, aesthetics, and placement; Molly Eagen of Atelier Ten’s discussion on bridging the gap between architecture and sustainability, that focused on when and how we should integrate building performance into the architectural design process; the role kinetics plays in the fruition of a project idea; and Martin Augustyniak of Walter P Moore’s exploration of our ability to meet a client’s needs while working within environmental limitations. In sum, the unique history, climate and prospective industry developments within the city of Minneapolis, set the stage for an engaging dialogue.

"The unique history, climate, and prospective industrial developments within the city of Minneapolis set the stage for an engaging dialogue,” said Helen Sanders of Technoform and President of the Facade Tectonics Institute. “On behalf of FTI, we want to thank our attendees, panelists and sponsors for your contribution to our event’s success.”

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We'd like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible: HGAKuraraySchücoTechnoform, TriPyramid, Viracon.