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2014 AIA|LA 2x8: EVOLVE Student Exhibition
April 11, 2014
2x8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA, showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers who will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning work. 

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.


Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 

 

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Oct282013

FORM Tech: Prescient Blends the Virtual and the Real

B Street LoHi is the first project completed using Prescient's innovative design and construction platform. Image via Prescient. Faster, greener and more cost-effective building? Under the best of circumstances, you may wind up with two out of the three. To combine all three? You might as well be asking for a unicorn. Prescient, a software and structural system manufacturing company, is out to change that. 

The key to their vision is a standardized architecture, engineering and construction process that joins proprietary software with a patent-pending manufacturing system and a simplified installation routine. In the usual course of designing a building, explains John Vanker, Prescient’s CEO and a co-founder, architects and engineers work independently at the beginning of the process. Such a siloed system can inevitably lead to problems, “sometimes it takes an entire cycle of construction,” he notes, before they're discovered. “Then, you have to call the engineer and architect and make changes. If we start at the beginning, we can reduce waste by eliminating potential conflicts.”

Given that the building system itself is standardized and consists of a limited number of components, waste at the construction level is further reduced, since they components are interrelated. “We can use that library to solve any structure,” notes Vanker. 

While the material itself—light-gauge, cold-rolled steel—isn’t new, “the way it’s put together is,” he says of the panel system they use. It offers some obvious green benefits. All the parts are manufactured elsewhere and sent to the job site. “We can control the process and reduce waste there, and everything we produce can be recycled.” he says.  

The firm recently completed its first building: a five-story apartment structure that's 60,000-square-feet in Denver and is at work on a second with plans for more in the works. For Vanker, Prescient’s system places the company squarely in the midst of a paradigm shift. “It’s a disruptive technology in the industry,” he says, one with the potential to effect a sea change in the way many buildings are made. 

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