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Facades+ returns to New York April 2-3

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Facades+ returns to New York April 2-3

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Innovations in facade technology and, subsequently, New York’s architectural landscape occur at a quick clip. On April 2+3, Facades+ is returning to New York in a robust two-day dialogue focused on the materials and techniques driving the next generation of enclosure design and engineering. This year, CetraRuddy founding principal John Cetra collaborated with The Architect’s Newspaper to develop a robust program featuring architects, contractors, engineers, and fabricators.

The first day of the program features two hour-long keynotes, delivered by UNSense founder Ben van Berkel and WXY principal-in-charge Claire Weisz. Additionally, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto of Reiser Umemoto will dive into recent case studies, including a spate of projects coming online in Taiwan. Both keynotes will be followed with a moderated discussion where audience members will be provided the opportunity to directly ask the keynote speakers questions.

Rendering of the Perelman Art Center
REX Founding Principal Joshua-Prince Ramus will present the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center as well as 2050 M Street. (Courtesy Luxigon)

The remainder of the day will be split between four panels: “Materiality & Fabrication: Bespoke Facade Solutions,” with REX founding principal Joshua Prince-Ramus and OMA director Shohei Shigematsu; “Scaling up Passive House | For the Greater Good,” featuring Handel Architects managing partner Gary Handel, Steven Winter Associates director Lois Arena, and Dattner principal John Woelfling; “Optimizing the Form,” with Studio Gang design principal Weston Walker, Arup principal Markus Schulte, and Hatfield Group technical director Manan Raval; and “Adaptive Reuse Challenges in NYC Historic Icons,” with ODA founder & executive director Eran Chen, Surface Design Group partner Russ Newbold, BKSK partner Todd Poisson, and BuroHappold Engineering associate principal John Ivanoff.

The bulk of the panels are case study-based and will be split between two presentations led by the architect and facade consultant of each individual project, including the ongoing expansion of Tammany Hall and the recently completed ARO.

Corner detail highlighting blend of new and old
ODA and Surface Design Group will dive into their reclad of 10 Jay Street. (Pavel Bendov)

For attendees looking for a further dive into facade technology and design, the second day of the conference will feature 14 separate intensive workshops. Participants choose one morning and one afternoon session, during which attendees will have an opportunity to learn from and interact with industry leaders in tutorial- and discussion-based seminars.

Firms leading workshops include BKSK, BuroHappold Engineering, Büro Ehring, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Green Facades, HKS LINE, International Masonry Institute, Local 1 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, MG Mcgrath, Morphosis, Oza Sabbeth, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Roschmann, Sasaki, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, SOM, Surface Design Group, Studio NYL, and Walter P Moore.

Further information regarding Facades+ NYC can be found here.