Jeffrey Vaglio, associate director of the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos in Los Angeles, will present “Concept to Reality: Leveraging a Parametric Model for Constructability” at Autodesk University’s 2013 Design Computation Forum. The forum will take place on Wednesday, December 4th in Las Vegas.
The assembly's theme is “Computational BIM.” Through case studies of built projects, Vaglio will discuss how parametric design comes full circle: the transition from design to the role of specialty subcontractors and fabricators responsible for bringing projects to realization.
We hope you’ll join us at AU 2013.
The program for AU’s 2013 Design Computation Symposium is available here.
The iconic Jacob K. Javits Convention Center operated 10% below energy codes prior to its 2013 curtainwall and skylight re-cladding. It is expected to exceed codes by 25% post-retrofit.
Researchers from the University of Southern California School of Architecture have released the results of a preliminary survey on building facade retrofit. The Existing Buildings Retrofit Survey Report is part of a long-term commitment to study the challenging problem of existing buildings: their impact on the built environment, and strategies for retrofitting to improve efficiency and meet future sustainability goals for the built environment. Andrea Martinez and Mic Patterson are Ph.D. candidates at USC’s School of Architecture, and are spearheading the research effort.
"At this point, we are primarily trying to identify past facade retrofit projects as candidates for case study research,” Martinez says. “There have been very few building energy retrofit projects to date that have involved the facade because of cost, but there is an immense looming need. Many of these facade systems are 40 to 50 years old and more, and were not particularly good performers to begin with."
The first round survey identified over 300 retrofit buildings from over 30 countries as potential candidates. "One of the things we intend to do is develop an online database of these retrofit projects, capturing key project data that may reveal patterns and trends in facade retrofit applications," Patterson says. "One of the things we have already discovered is that buildings being constructed today — and well into the future — will require retrofit in order to meet currently established energy performance goals for the commercial building sector. Yet, no consideration is given to facilitating the retrofit in the design of the facade system. Retrofitting old curtainwall buildings can often only be accomplished by completely removing the original curtainwall and replacing it with a new, higher performance system, a practice that challenges sustainable construction practices.
The retrofit buildings identified in the survey were primarily office buildings (72%). The majority facade type was highly-glazed curtainwall. New curtainwall systems used to over-clad existing masonry facades was another retrofit strategy common amongst the survey results.
Martinez and Patterson intend to publish the results of this ongoing investigation and open a public database as a resource to the AEC industry to help facilitate the facade retrofit process. The researchers are also soliciting the participation of retrofit practitioners to share their experience by participating in ongoing surveys and case study research. "We can only accomplish our goals with the support of the building community," Martinez says.
To facilitate this outreach, the researchers have launched a Facade Retrofit LinkedIn group to establish a forum that can share in this investigation effort, and where future findings and case studies can be posted. The Facade Retrofit LinkedIn group can be found here.
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Architectural Record examines 680 Folsom Street’s renovation this week in “Facade Retrofits: Wrap it Up.”
The 1960s office tower in San Francisco recently underwent a redesign courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that includes the removal of its original pre-cast concrete shell, and the installation of new high-performance glass curtainwall systems. Enclos provided comprehensive design/build services for the renovation’s 190,000 square feet of building facade.
The Architectural Record write-up digs deep into the project’s cladding and structural improvements. You can read the article in its entirety here.
The New York Times’ documentary, “A Short History of the Highrise,” was released this week. The four-part, interactive documentary draws from the publication’s photograph archives to tell the world’s 2,500-year history of vertical living.
The documentary is available here.
The New Yorker discusses the style of David Adjaye, the architect of the upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in the publication’s “Annals of Architecture” section this week.
You can read the article here.