Columbia Building Intelligent Project lands in Toronto

SHoP Barclay's Center in Brooklyn
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Condominium complex in California Photo courtesy of ConXtech
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Rendering of Cathedral of St. James Parish Hall in Toronto Photo courtesy of ArchitectsAlliance
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Concrete curtain Photo courtesy of Giannone Petricone
SHoP Barclay's Center in Brooklyn
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On Thursday, check out this day-long symposium arranged by Columbia University that seeks to establish better communication at every link in the green building supply chain.

Presented by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the symposium is structured around four hour-long panel discussions on a series of topics related to the construction industry’s supply chain, from the sourcing of raw materials to the manufacturing and production of materials, and ultimately construction.

Now in its third year, C-BIP‘s think tanks have touched down in major cities across the globe, including Tokyo, Stuttgart, London, and of course, New York. On Thursday, March 8th, Toronto’s Power Plant will host a meeting of the architecture and building community’s key players.

As a major supplier of both renewable and not-so-renewable resources (everything from lumber to oil), Canada is a fitting venue for this seventh installation of the C-BIP think tanks. The organizers’ goal is to foster a deeper engagement between academia and industry, leading to better solutions to a spectrum of problems. With that in mind, the panellists include a cross-section of educators, architects, engineers, administrators, contractors and owners.

Here are some of the guest speakers:

Pina Petricone of Giannone Petricone Associates will discuss concrete in all its myriad forms, which is the subject of her new book.

Robert Simmons, CEO of steel-framing systems manufacturer ConXtech, will show how architects source such systems.

John Mallie, partner at SHoP Construction, will present the Barclay’s Center, which his firm has designed for Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards; its weathered steel components will be assembled with the help of a custom iPhone app.

In the final session, Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance will connect urban policies with the realities of an international supply chain.

The session is open to the public, but reservations are required; please see the website for details.

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