Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) London Think Tank April 23, 2010, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AASA). Architects, engineers, building developers, contractors, fabricators and industry experts from various countries including Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will explore solutions that could change the building industry. The day-long event is intended to create a conversation that is collaborative at its core simultaneously pushing today’s industry leaders to think differently and transforming the way we educate the next generation of leaders. The Columbia Building Intelligence Project is made possible by the generous support of Oldcastle Glass®.
“The Columbia Building Intelligence Project will support a series of integrated studios and public conversations devoted to advancing the dialogue about the building industry over the next three years. The aim of the project is to change the very nature of the conversation from one that is highly adversarial to one that is collaborative and to explore new relationships that have the potential to transform the building industry” says Mark Wigley, Dean, GSAPP. C-BIP runs on a three-semester cycle that began in the fall of 2009 with a Think Tank in New York. The Think Tanks are intended to act as catalysts for this new model of Design Studios and will address how GSAPP can initiate an investigation into questions raised through methods of education and interaction with industry.
The London Think Tank on April 23, 2010, is open to the public and will take place from 10:00 am -5:00 pm at the Lecture Hall at the AASA, 36-37 Bedford Square, London. Participants have been asked to rethink the future of the building industry in three ninety minute sessions of ‘Pecha Kucha’ length presentations and roundtable discussions. Presentations will address topics relating to the influence of global communication and information exchanges across cultures and the roles that manufacturing, material science and product design will play in the building industry. Throughout the day discussions will examine the evolution of the industry through the context of political, cultural, historic, environmental and urban conditions.