Innovation 2010 Big and Super-Green: From Buildings to Cityscapes

Join us for Architectural Record and GreenSource’s eighth annual Innovation Conference taking place October 6-7, 2010 at the McGraw-Hill Companies Headquarters in New York City.

The 2010 Architectural Record/GreenSource Innovation Conference will focus on technical developments and strategies, from large-scale super-green buildings on up to the super-green cities that support them.

The first 50 people to register for the event will receive a copy complimentary!

David Owen
Writer
The New Yorker

Green Metropolis by David Owen

Keynote Address: Green Metropolis

Most Americans think of crowded cites as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage, and diesel fumes and traffic jams. But life in the suburbs and rural areas are not the green panacea many people think they are. Keynote speaker David Owen will show us why the residents of compact urban centers individually consume less oil, electricity and water, discard less trash and most importantly, spend less time in cars than other Americans. And, he’ll explore the reasons that Manhattan may be the most ecologically friendly city in the country.

Stefan Behnisch, Special Guest Lecturer:
Content Driven Approaches to an Innovative Architecture

Stefan Behnisch’s first building abroad, the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands (1998), an EU pilot project for sustainable architecture, paved the way for the success of his practice in the field of ecologically responsible architecture. Other milestones were the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA, a LEED Platinum rated company headquarter building, and the recently completed award-winning Unilever headquarter building in Hamburg’s HafenCity. His portfolio also comprises residential projects, museums, schools, university buildings and sports facilities. Stefan Behnisch will present the firm’s objectives – to create aesthetically pleasing, robust and lasting environments where the building’s occupants feel well. In all his projects he strives to develop an ecologically sound architecture, optimizing the use of available resources, while reducing the reliance upon technical means.

Stefan Behnisch

 

Case Study: Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada
Manitoba Hydro Place is one of North America’s most sophisticated large-scale, energy-efficient buildings. Despite being in an extremely challenging climate, it is predicted that it will use 65 percent less energy than a comparable mid-rise office building. Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects of Toronto, Canada, and Thomas Auer of Transsolar KlimaEngineering, Stuttgart, Germany, will present this fascinating case study.

 

Bionics as a Tool for Innovation in Architecture & Megacities: The Case of Be-Bionic City Tower

The Case of Be-Bionic City TowerThe Be-Bionic City Tower is the first model for a vertical city. It is also the first-high rise structure able to reach 1,228 meters in elevation, and the first vertical construction able to be fully self-sustainable. It is able to create its own energy using natural resources as the sun’s radiation, wind, and rain. Preliminary investigations on this biological vertical complex were done at Columbia University in New York in 1984 and 1985, and first prototypes of Be-Bionic City Tower were created in over the next 20 years. Now, after two and half decades of research into mega-cities urban planning and bionics, an avant-garde generation of the BBCT will be presented.

Burj Khalifa: A New Paradigm

Burj Khalifa: A New ParadigmBurj Khalifa, designed and engineered by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, is one for the record books. At 2,717 feet (828 meters), Burj Khalifa shatters all previous height records and now holds the title of world’s tallest manmade structure. From the project’s initial concept design through construction, the combination of several important technological innovations results in a building of unprecedented height. Bill Baker, lead structural engineer, will discuss how the team’s unique approach toward managing the forces of nature and employing a design process based on experimentation resulted in the creation of an entirely new structural system.

http://construction.com/events/innovation2010/

 

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