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ACADIA 2013 Conference: Adaptive Architecture

Location: Waterloo University, Cambridge, Ontario, with select workshops in Buffalo, NY


October 24-26, 2013

The ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE 2013 ACADIA conference will be held at Waterloo University, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on October 24-26, 2013. ACADIA is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. ACADIA supports critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.

ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community. The event is supported by the combined research networks of the University of Waterloo, the University at Buffalo and the University of Nottingham, working in partnership with The London Building Centre Trust.


Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo)

Omar Khan (University at Buffalo)

Michael Stacey (University at Nottingham)

Keynote Speakers:

Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design Yale University

Cristiano Ceccato, Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects

Sephen Gage, Professor of Innovative Technology, UCL/ The Bartlett

Workshops (Oct. 22-23)

As part of the ACADIA 2013- Adaptive Architecture conference, the Department of Architecture will hold two workshops in Buffalo on October 22-23. Get an inside look at the innovative direction that two local manufacturers of architectural materials, Boston Valley Terra Cotta and Rigidized Metals, have taken through research collaborations with the school. 

Design for Manufacturability and Constructability: Custom Terra Cotta Facades

Instructors: Mitchel Bring, Peter Schmidt, Andrew Pries, Mike Fritz, Guy Logel

Location: Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Explore using Rhino 5 /Grasshopper designs to develop Terra Cotta tiles and rain screens for building façades. BVTC is leading American manufacturer of terracotta façade cladding. Participants will be introduced to manufacturing principals of extrusion, modeling and molds and connection systems to better align form generation with manufacturing processes. Workshops will be led by UB Research Faculty and students and Master Sculptors at Boston Valley Terra Cotta. For more info on BVTC's use of computer modeling see:

Rigidized Metal Forming

Instructors: Nick Bruscia, Christopher Romano

Location: Rigidized Metals Corporation Facility/ Silo City

Investigate the structural and specular qualities inherent in thin-gauge textured stainless steel. Participants will be introduced to the manufacturing and fabrication processes of the material by working closely with fabrication experts at the Rigidized Metals Corporation. The participants will design a mock-up for a folded assembly of up to 5-7 interconnected units, observe the rolling, punching (profile cutting), and folding of the material, and ultimately assemble and install their piece on the exterior of an existing building within Silo City (a collection of historic grain elevators along Buffalo's waterfront).