Boston Exhibition and Convention Center
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Architecture is typically associated with a sense of permanence, solidity and the perception that it stands still. At the same time, architects and engineers have been intrigued for centuries by more flexibility. They have attempted to mobilize elements, to create responsive facades that react to site conditions, microclimate and the users’ desires. Site conditions such as wind, sun and shadow or movement and the presence of spectators might be processed and visualized in moving parts as a process of kinetic response. Kinetic mechanisms are used in the engineering world to satisfy increasingly complex requirements of sustainability and in the art world to engage with buildings and the city. An interdisciplinary panel representing the fields of architecture, engineering, public art and fabrication will investigate case studies as well as the present and future of kinetic applications in facade design. Explored will be kinetic façade design, such as Logan Airport’s Central Garage West Expansion and insights on select projects by Arrowstreet, EXTECH, Ned Kahn, Asif Khan and soma, among others. The focus will be on projects that involve kinetic mechanisms, explore potential already realized and evolving visions. This panel is sponsored by the Placemaking Network of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA.
Kinetic Facades: Inventive Architecture, Design, Fabrication
Christina Lanzl, Urban Culture Institute & BSA Placemaking Network (moderator)
David Bois, Arrowstreet
Anne-Catrin Schultz, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Kevin Smith, EXTECH
• Examine the physical, environmental, social or
psychological impacts of kinetic facades in the context of
• Learn about the design, technology and fabrication of
• Explore the integration of moving elements into
architecture, such as features animated by the elements
(wind/air, water), software and/or mechanics.
• Discuss the potential of kinetic facades for the future of
Urban Culture Institute
The Urban Culture Institute works to promote excellence in culture, planning and strategies for the public realm.