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  • January 29, 2019
    Bionic Materials: Architect-led R&D for Tomorrow’s Building Blocks

    Upcoming event related to material technology, AIANY Technology Committee Co-Chair Nick Desbiens will be participating in the panel discussion.

    RSVP for February 7: Bionic Materials: Architect-led R&D for Tomorrow’s Building Blocks

    New research that combines the super powers of nature and technology is generating pioneering materials for interiors as well as exteriors. At the forefront of understanding new possibilities and applications are architecture and design firms with dedicated in-house Research & Development teams. Design reserachers will discuss the value of having in-house R&D for the practice as a whole, and present current projects that set new standards for building materials in terms of performance and health benefits to the end-user.

    Registration – 6:00-6:30
    CEU Panel – 6:30-7:30
    Cocktail Reception – 7:30-8:30

    Erik Berg Kreider, Senior Inudstrial Designer (BIG Ideas), BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
    Mitchell Joachim, Founder, Terreform ONE
    Nicholas Desbiens, AIA, LEED AP, Head of Digital Practice, KPF

    Molly Heintz, Editor-in-Chief, Oculus

    Organized by
    Oculus Magazine, Architectural Record, and BNP Media
  • October 2, 2018
    AIA Digital Design Community – July 11, 2018

    On Wednesday, July 11th, the AIA New York Technology Committee hosted its second New York Digital Design Community event at Arup’s office in downtown Manhattan. The event was moderated by Andrew Haas, designer at SOM and Alfonso Oliva, Director of LERA+. The speakers included Ian Mackenzie, Software Developer at Arup; Shamil Lallani, Façade Designer at Werner Sobek New York; and Jan Klaska, Lead Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects.

    The New York Digital Design Community is a forum that focuses on showcasing technology-driven design by leading New York professionals, individuals, practices and universities. The forum offers a collegial setting, for community members of all levels of skill and expertise, that is dedicated to disseminating the application of cutting-edge design methodologies and fabrication techniques related to digital technologies, computation and digital prototyping.

    In this installment of the quarterly series, the three presenters spoke about the various digital design methods and technologies that they employ in their everyday practice.

    First, Ian Mackenzie talked about Arup’s MassMotion software, which he uses to simulate the motion of pedestrians through diverse spaces, such as transit stations, stadiums, theaters and museums.

    Shamil Lallani then described the complex design of a 450,000-sf photovoltaic roof canopy, for which Werner Sobek New York is providing ongoing computational and structural design services, demonstrating how computational geometry processing and data management tools can enable the achievement of mass custom fabrication.

    Finally, Jan Klaska discussed the implementation of digital tools into his design approach at Zaha Hadid Architects, detailing how technological methodologies can allow for an incredible amount of diversity and complexity in form generation.

    Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

    Stay tuned for the next installment of the New York Digital Design Community, coming this fall! You can learn more at

  • January 5, 2018
    Understanding the Drone: Aerial Innovation and Automated Futures

    Pablo Marvel of Nova Concepts delivered an engaging presentation on drones at the Center for Architecture on 12.18.17. Hosted by the AIANY Technology Committee, the talk, “Understanding the Drone: Aerial Innovation and Automated Futures,” focused on the drone as a platform whose potential impact are not only applicable to the AEC industry, but to a wide range of fields including agriculture, humanitarian aid, and transportation.

    A brief history attributed the turning point in modern mainstream drones to 2013, when the first consumer drone was outfitted with a Go-Pro camera. From there possibilities snowballed, with the tool being utilized to replant mangrove forests, deliver life-saving organ transplants to rural areas, and apply fertilizer with pinpoint accuracy to crops.

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