Highlights from 2016 AIA Convention
If you did not make it to Philly for the 2016 AIA Convention this year, you really missed out! For the architectural and design community, it is the event of the year when like-minds come together for an incredible experience. As you might expect, you get the opportunity to learn from industry experts, gain insight into what is happening in the built environment, and get inspired by rising stars in the design world. While this year’s convention really delivered in all these fronts, I found this year’s convention particularly meaningful. In this post, I wanted to share my top three highlights with you.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was honored with an AIA Twenty Five Year Award
The event’s location provided a suitable backdrop for design invention and imagination
Philadelphia is the home of Ben Franklin who is known as an inventor, philosopher, scientist, politician, soldier, ambassador, bookseller, and cartoonist…the list goes on. Some of his noteworthy inventions include bifocals, the lightening rod, flexible urinary catheter, odometer, swim fins, and a stove. He discovered electricity and mapped the gulf stream. Let's just say, Ben was pretty cool. You will also find Philadelphia to be the home of Independence Hall where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed and approved. As a home of one of nation’s founders and birthplace of the Constitution, the City is a great place to imagine the possibilities.
The takeaway from these material breakthroughs is that we are moving away from a world of parts or separate systems. Innovative design will combine and integrate structure and skin, i.e. structures will be continuous material systems, not the assembly of parts. If we take this premise into consideration, a building skin will serve as it’s own structure with the ability to be transparent in some areas such as windows and thick or dense in others, as foundation or structural frame.
Too heretical? Over 250 years ago, Ben Franklin started with a kite and a string.