Imminent Ecologies

The Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design

The symposium will explore the intersection of novel, computationally advanced modeling and analysis technologies and their impact on the design of sustainable built environments. Armed with parametric modeling protocols, supercomputers, and custom-designed software, architects are now in the position to create sophisticated models of complex systems, shifting the focus of inquiry from an analysis of static form to the analysis of dynamic relationships. “Imminent Ecologies” will probe the possibilities of new design tools in an age of high-throughput computing.

The symposium will be divided into two sessions: Tools and Methods. The Tools session will examine the new representational and analytic technologies that allow for the investigation of the complex web of energy and information that defines the dynamic relationship between the natural and built environments. The Methods session will examine how these new tools are being used to develop new design processes in the field of sustainable architecture. Each session will be followed by a panel discussion of the issues at hand.

Friday April 15

5:30-7 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

  • Christiane Sauer, founder of Formade

Saturday April 16

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

Panel Session 1: Tools

  • John Haymaker, principal, Design Process Innovation
  • Brandon Hencey, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Cornell University
  • William Braham, associate professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Pratt, assistant professor of architecture, Cornell University
  • David Bosworth (M.Arch. '99), Cornell University
  • Don Greenberg, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics, Cornell University, moderator

Panel Session 2: Methods

  • Marco Polletto, cofounder, ecoLogicStudio
  • Dana Cupkova, visiting assistant professor of architecture, Cornell University
  • Omar Kahn, associate professor, University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
  • P. Michael Pelken, assistant professor of architecture, Syracuse University
  • Christiane Sauer, founder of Formade, moderator