Symposium explores technology and sustainable design

April 18, 2011

Imminent Ecologies, the inaugural Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design, explored the intersection of novel, computationally advanced modeling, and analysis technologies and their impact on the design of sustainable built environments.  

The symposium, made possible by a gift from Hans (B.Arch. '80) and Roger '78 Strauch, was divided into two sessions: Tools, the first session, examined 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; and Methods, the second session, examined how these new tools are being used to develop new design processes in the field of sustainable architecture. Each session was followed by a panel discussion.  

Speakers included David Bosworth (M.Arch. 99), Cornell University; William Braham, associate professor of architecture, University of Pennsylvania; Dana Cupkova, visiting assistant professor of architecture, Cornell University; John Haymaker, principal, Design Process Innovation; Brandon Hencey, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Cornell University; Omar Kahn, associate professor, University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning; P. Michael Pelken, assistant professor of architecture, Syracuse University; Marco Polletto, cofounder, ecoLogicStudio; and Kevin Pratt, assistant professor of architecture, Cornell University. Moderators were Don Greenberg, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics.

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