RECAP | Facade Tectonics Forum: TORONTO

FTI returned to Canada to host our third regional Forum at the University of Toronto. Continuing with the theme Material Matters, FTI brought together architects, engineers, fabricators, general contractors, developers, and academics to confront themes central to ever-evolving facade technology including facade design, delivery, renewal, materiality, sustainability and resilience. Toronto is special for both its historical involvement and thought leadership in the area of facade system technology, which contributed to the sold-out event’s success.

Speakers presented case studies, local projects, historic data and future predictions on topics ranging from building innovation, the expansion of the facade materials palette, accelerating urban sustainability through facade system renovation and future-ready strategies. Elaborating on the day’s discussions, Ted Kesik of the University of Toronto stated, “Nothing contributes more to building resilience than passive systems, and the most important passive system in a building is the facade.” Some of the most engaging presentations focused on topics such as the increasing demand for higher performance walls in high-rise construction, issues presented by the way designs and code requirements have been written, how we can develop energy saving elements that ultimately contribute to the success of a facade system and the ability to construct large glass structures within harsh climates among many others.

The event concluded with a networking reception hosted by WSP Canada. The reception brought attendees, sponsors, and panelists together to celebrate the success of the event and marked a wholesome ending to the day’s festivities.

“Toronto is a special place in many ways, but certainly when it comes to building facade technology with the many thought-leaders active in the local community. The level of engagement in the Toronto Forum was unprecedented, the audience posed thought-provoking questions during the Q&A which created an active and dynamic dialogue between the Forum participants,” said Mic Patterson of FTI.

Still want more? Take a look at our gallery for exclusive photos of our speakers, sponsors, and event space.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible: HALIOKuraraySchüco, seeleTechnoform, and WSP.