Call for Posters: Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress

Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress will take place in Los Angeles on March 25th and 26th in 2020.

The Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress will return to Los Angeles March 25the and 26th, 2020.

Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress
Face Time 2020: Better Buildings through Better Skins

March 25-26, 2020
Los Angeles, California

We are pleased to announce that for the first time, the Facade Tectonics Institute will include a poster presentation at their 2020 World Congress. The poster presentation will serve as a graphic representation of each poster author's research and findings. At the 2020 World Congress in March, two Authors will be announced and awarded special designation as "1st Place" and "Runner-up". All submissions are due December 1, 2019. To submit a poster for consideration, please review the following submission guidelines and requirements.

Submission Guidelines

The Poster program at the 2020 World Congress is intended to showcase innovation and new or partially completed research and preliminary findings. Case studies will also be accepted, but any commercial content is strictly excluded. Posters typically include pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are sized at 32x40 inches. Authors will be given space in the designated Poster Gallery and should be available to present their posters during dedicated presentation times. These presentations are more like elevator speeches that summarize the poster content with attendees that stop by the poster to view it and ask questions. Following the conference, a selection of posters will be published on the Facade Tectonics website for board public access.

Submission Requirements

Submissions will be digital only; no hard copies will be required or accepted. At the conference, authors will be required to stand by their poster during dedicated presentation times, therefore entries are limited to one entry per author. Authors of accepted posters must register for the conference and pay the discounted author’s registration fee. Membership in the Institute is also required. A discounted membership fee will be offered to authors that are not already members.

Authors will be responsible for the cost of printing and the setup of their poster at the event. FTI will provide options for local printing, mounting, and delivery to the venue at a discounted rate. All setup will take place on Tuesday, March 24. More details will be provided to authors upon poster acceptance.

Participants must submit their full submission to Caroline Szuch ( no later than December 1, 2019. All submissions must include:

1. A competed Submission Form. Download the Submission Form here, complete in its entirety and submit using the naming convention: lastname-firstname-form.pdf.

2. A Digital File serving as a visual presentation of your project, following the specifications below:

  • Name/title of your project, project concept, diagrams, plans, sections and perspectives (please note that it is up to each individual to determine what information is needed to communicate their project most effectively)
  • Formatted to 32x40" in size
  • Oriented vertically
  • There should NOT be any personal names affiliations, or any other forms of identification on the digital file of the board. Placards with author names and affiliations will be provided by FTI. Posters with overtly commercial content will not be considered.
  • Saved as a .pdf file (25MB max) using the naming convention: lastname-firstname-poster.pdf.

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Important Dates

December 1, 2019 | Poster Submission Deadline
December 2019 | Panel Review of Submissions
January 10, 2019 | Notification of Acceptance
February 1, 2020 | Final Poster Due

Helpful Tips

The American Library Association (ALA) has organized several helpful tips and “do’s and don’ts” for creating poster presentations. We recommend reviewing these resources as you prepare your materials. To access this helpful information, please click here.

You can find inspiration and examples of poster artwork here.

Poster Topics

There is little in buildings and urban habitat that is not in some way affected by the building facade, with impacts ranging broadly through both aesthetic and performative considerations. The Institute intends to reflect this full range in its 2020 World Congress event and invites you to round out the dialogue.

We strongly encourage you to submit a poster – any aspect of buildings and urban habitat considered through the lens of the building facade will be considered. Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • climate change
  • sea level rise
  • carbon neutrality
  • embodied carbon
  • time value of carbon
  • service life
  • durability
  • adaptability and adaptive capacity
  • obsolescence
  • lifecycle assessment
  • structural glass developments and applications
  • fire
  • retrofit and renovation
  • modular construction
  • case studies
  • materials
  • facade design education
  • facade engineering education
  • facade education for young practitioners
  • architectural research
  • trades education
  • gender/ethnic equality
  • glass
  • digital practice
  • parametric design
  • geometric optimization
  • adaptive facades
  • kinetics
  • shading strategies
  • project delivery strategies
  • risk and risk management
  • real estate value
  • owner/developer’s perspective
  • the economics of building skin
  • lifecycle costing analysis
  • facilities management
  • facilities engineering
  • innovation
  • daylighting
  • integration
  • health & wellness
  • comfort & productivity
  • biophilic design
  • regenerative design
  • heritage value & preservation
  • transparency/opacity
  • security
  • acoustics
  • ventilation
  • passive house
  • codes, standards and rating systems
  • policy and the building skin
  • facade futures
  • maintenance
  • passive strategies
  • layers, materials & assemblies
  • aesthetics & beauty
  • facades and urban habitat
  • facades in the social realm
  • facades and communication
  • facades as spectacle

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