Architects should anticipate the needs, changes, and challenges not only within their own businesses, but in their communities. Those themes set the course for this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture held April 27 to 29.
The Architecture Expo during the 2017 American Institute of Architects’ conference April 27 to 29 featured nearly 800 exhibitors in the Orange County Convention Center.
Silhouettes of urban skylines render skyscrapers as simple geometric shapes. Usually the answer to the question “What is the shape of a skyscraper?” is either “a rectangular prism” or “a blocky spire.” The common tubular shape of skyscrapers is not without purpose. The shape helps tall structures resist lateral loads, such as wind and seismic activity. However, modern skyscrapers take on a variety of shapes. Advances in engineering and construction technologies have freed architects to be as creative as they want to be—for functional or purely esoteric purposes.
When deciding where to physically locate a project that is designed to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, the stakes are understandably high.
Whether you’ll be applying analytics for a new construction project or as part of a controls upgrade, you have to keep the end-game in mind at every stage of the design process.