This event has been organized by New York's Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 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 the next generation of leaders are educated. The Columbia Building Intelligence Project is made possible by the generous support of Oldcastle Glass®.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Introductions
11:00am – 12:30pm SESSION 1: Engineering: People:
What are the political, cultural and historic implications of the future built environment? How can change be engineered so that people are engaged as a critical component of the building industry? What is the role of human thought and action in the new world of automation and information intensive processes?
12:30pm – 1: 30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm SESSION 2: Engineering: Places:
How does one engage the environment and complex urban contextual relationships in the development of the future of the building industry? How can the need for more integrated working processes in the context of global practices be addressed when faced with radically different social, political and cultural differences around the world? How do international practices manage global communication and information exchange across cultures?
3:00pm – 4:30pm SESSION 3: Engineering: Things:
What role will manufacturing, material science and product design play in the future of the building industry? With the move to more integrated working processes and building solutions, how do these industry sectors affect the design explorations of architects and engineers? How can designers and engineers engage manufacturers to develop products to meet the needs of the users?