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  • Why SKINS?

    Here’s the thing about the building SKIN: It is utterly unique in the built environment in separating the interior and exterior environments, balancing attributes of both appearance and performance in the process. It’s the gateway to resilience and sustainability goals in urban habitats.

  • Exo-Skins

    Cost-effective, sustainable, self-actuating, thermally-responsive, bio-composite exo-skins that act like shields or cloaks for existing buildings cou…

  • Advanced Building Skins

    The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to achieve a multi-disciplinary, integrated planning approach with architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings.

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    Terra Cotta Skins

    This paper will address the potential of ornamental architectural terracotta surfaces to mitigate the effects of climate fluctuations that will creat…

  • FTI Announces New SKINS Podcast

    FTI’s Mic Patterson will be interviewing industry thought leaders on wide-ranging topics relating to buildings and their skins. Upcoming episodes will feature conversations on Passive House, tall buildings and the work the DOE is doing with windows and facades.

  • Episode 02: Tall Building Skins

    FTI's Mic Patterson sits down with special guests Keith Boswell, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Peter Weismantle of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

  • Episode 09: Ted Kesik on SKINS

    Special guest Ted Kesik, PhD, Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto, joins us to discuss everything from digital workflows and durability to embodied carbon and resilience.

  • Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress

    This year's World Congress was presented online through a virtual platform providing a unique forum for a diverse cross section of the design and real estate communities to discuss the innovations and advancements revolutionizing the design and delivery of the building skin.

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    Kinetic Shading Systems

    This study focuses on experiments in kinetics and architectural skins. More extensively, it introduces a solution for environmental design issues and…

  • Facade Tectonics Institute Announces Second World Congress

    The Facade Tectonics Institute will convene its second World Congress on March 12-13, 2018, in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. The theme of this year’s conference, “Skins on Campus: Bridging Industry and Academia in Pursuit of Better Buildings and Urban Habitat,” focuses on the

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    Design Considerations and the Complex Facade

    The design of complex, high-performance facades involves balancing attention towards principles of material selection, thermal and moisture protectio…

  • Explore the top papers from the 2020 World Congress

    Each week leading up to the 2020 World Congress, we will announce one of the four winning authors, selected from the 118 papers to be presented at the virtual event, and releasing an interview with them on our SKINS Podcast.

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    Algorithmic Patterns for Facade Design

    Recently, building envelopes have been exhibiting complex shapes and patterns, a trend supported by current digital technologies. Likewise, the desig…

  • Surfing Uncertainty

    We are all swimming in the wake of Covid-19. There are signs that things are slowly beginning to open up, although serious concerns remain among health professionals that governments, under increasing pressure to restart the economy, may be acting prematurely.

  • Facades+ NYC

    Facades+ bring together some of the world’s most productive building professionals. Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation, from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

  • Going Viral: Engaging in the age of C-19

    As March rolled in, we were steamrolling toward Facades Week: LA! and our 3rd World Congress. We were excited; registrations and sponsorship were running far ahead of past events and we were expecting record-breaking participation. Then C-19 raised its ugly head and we all know the rest.

  • World Congress 2020: A Home Run!

    Facades Month and the World Congress, long delayed and virtually conducted, is now in the rear-view mirror with some of us still recovering from the experience. It was an intensive undertaking. And I tell you this, my friends: it was stupendous!