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Material Matters: Emerging Strategies and Design Practices for Facade Systems, Buildings and Urban Habitat

University of Miami, Perez Architectural Center, Glasgow Lecture Hall 1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL

The building facade system uniquely impacts both performance and appearance at the combined scales of building and metropolis. The outcome of a new facade system program or renovation largely determines the lifecycle success of a building, and together these buildings largely define the ongoing success of urban habitat. Nothing in architecture has seen more applied innovation over recent decades than the building skin. Yet, navigating the implementation of a contemporary facade system program remains the single most challenging component of building design and construction. Escalating code requirements, increasingly complex facade system technology, emerging novel delivery strategies, convoluted supply chains and a constantly morphing risk environment combine to challenge the most savvy and experienced design and building teams. Join us as the Facade Tectonics Institute brings its celebrated Forum to Miami as thought leaders explore the amplified threats of climate change in this unique urban context.

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