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Facades Conference 2010 - Day 2

University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Architecture hosted a Facade Conference on November 19th and 20th. Lots of academicians and practitioners presented their work.

Karen M. Kensek from USC School of Architecture commenced the proceedings of the second day of Facades Conference 2010. Mic Patterson from Enclos Corp. talked on ‘Structural Glass Facades.’  Jeffrey C.Vaglio, also from Enclos Corp., took the stage and briefed us about ‘Double-Skin Facades’.

All Ph.D. Students from USC School of Architecture introduced their respective topics. The Ph.D. studio is primarily focused on Facades.

Mark Dannettel, Vice President of Thornton Tomasetti, enlightened us on “Pretension Cables and Glass.’  James Parker from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger talked about ‘Attachment strategy for cast glass and Alabaster façade of complex geometry for seismic forces and drift.’ Greg Otto, director of Buro Happold, talked about different façade types. Peter Simmonds, senior associate of BE Consulting Engineers, discussed ‘Reviving a climate wall: Presenting both convective and radiant heat gains to a client.’

Scott Johnson, design partner of Johnson Fain, presented about ‘Creative Skin,’ which was informed by his recent book. David C.Martin, design principal & co-chairman of AC Martin, had a topic on modern technology in climate-sensitive design and all its subsystems.

The final keynote, ‘Surface: Performative,’ was given by Thom Mayne from Morphosis.