FTI Extends Abstract Submission Deadline: Topics are Unconstrained!

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended Until May 20

The Facade Tectonics Institute announces an extension to the abstract submission period for the call for papers for its 2020 World Congress (FTI WC2020) to be convened in Los Angeles on March 25-26.

A significant number of inquiries indicated a perception that paper topics were limited to those addressing aspects of carbon neutrality. While this is a particularly relevant focus, it is but one among many; when it comes to the building facade there is much to talk about. And the Institute is aggressively inclusive, with the mission of bringing all the many voices that comprise the building industry together in an uncensored conversation of all things building skin. Toward this end, the conference theme has been recast:

Face Time 2020: Better Buildings Through Better Skins

There is, after all, 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 WC2020 event and invites you to round out the dialogue.

The response to the call for papers has been robust despite the confusion and we are looking at the possibility of adding an additional day to the event. We strongly encourage you to submit an abstract. We intend to organize the conference program around the topical content represented by the submissions we receive, so 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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