Facade Tectonics SKINS

SKINS: October 2020

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; we had two months to retool the event for the virtual stage, something none of us had ever done before. And I tell you this, my friends: it was stupendous! The event far exceeded our expectations and, according to the early results of our post-event survey (we’ll share the final results with you next month), the expectations of many of the attendees. We are no longer skeptical of virtual events. Indeed, we are certain they will be an important component of our ongoing offerings, not replacing but complementing our in-person events.

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2020 World Congress EFN Session

We will feature a few sessions from the WC2020 in upcoming editions of SKINS. This one was provided by the European Façade Network. The conference platform remains open to registered attendees through year’s end with recorded sessions available for streaming!

Stream the session.

University of Minnesota Bell Museum, Photo courtesy of Perkins&Will

Members Speak

NextGen of Integrated Enclosure Design

Perkins&Will architect, Dahmahlee Lawrence, a unique and powerful voice in the building community, speaks eloquently of her experience with the recent Façade Tectonics World Congress.

Read Dahmahlee's post.

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Survey Results

Survey Response: Attendees Rate the World Congress

We pushed you hard to respond to our post-event survey and over 30% of you did; we thank you! The results are informative and content/comment rich. We promised to share survey results, so here you go.

Read the report.

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Join Us for the Virtual NYC Forum on Nov. 5

This year's half-day NYC Forum, themed Pandemic Pantry: Digesting Covid-19 and Understanding the Lessons for Buildings and Facade Systems, will take place Thursday, November 5th.

Learn more and register.

Reglazing Modernism


Episode 08: Reglazing Modernism

Special guests Uta Pottgiesser of TU Delft and Angel Ayón of AYON Studio Architecture and Preservation discuss their recent book, Reglazing Modernism, where they explore facade intervention strategies on Modern-era buildings through international case studies.

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Episode 03 DOE Does Windows


DOE BENEFIT 2020 Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), providing up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings and the grid.

Learn more.

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Carbon Neutral

Thinking Differently About Buildings...

In “The case for…never demolishing another building” author Oliver Wainwright explores new paradigms for what buildings could be and reveals what it takes to get real about carbon neutrality. (I fully subscribe to the modality expressed in this article. – Mic)

Read more in The Guardian.



Fires in Our Planetary Lungs and More Hurricanes!

Lest we forget in this pandemic remix, the climate crisis rages on. While the West Coast burns, NASA scientists predict a “perfect storm” for fire risk in the Amazon, peaking this month. Meanwhile, Laura slams Louisiana as hurricane season peaks.

Read more in Newsweek.

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Covid Revelations: Why Buildings (in This Case Airports) Die

The pandemic has exposed a lack of adaptive capacity in critical infrastructure. Premature obsolescence of the building stock is a threat to urban resilience. Anthony Paletta reports on the problem with airports for CityLab.

Read the article in Bloomberg.

Transparent Wood


Disruptive Technology: The Wood-be Window of the Future?

Transparent biodegradable wood glazings that are stronger, more efficient and more durable than glass? Read the full paper here. Sounds great! (But wait, I have a few questions...-Mic)

Read the paper.

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Glass for Europe Advocates for Building Renovation

Aggressive action called for in the renovation of existing building stock as the only strategy to achieve the new 2030 climate plan. Renovation cited as key to achieving climate neutrality as well as a vital strategy in the relaunch of the EU economy.

Read article in glassOnline.

Superyacht Syzygy 818 Image courtesy of Eckersley O Callaghan


Eckersley O’Callaghan Takes a New Tack

Leading glass engineering firm EOC, known for their work in highly transparent building facades (think Apple retail stores), is testing the water in a new industry—superyachts—and coming out a winner.

Learn more about the winning design.

Industry Calendar

October 20-22

glasstec VIRTUAL

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October 21

The ABCs of ZNE

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October 22

The Net Zero Webinar Series

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October 22

Tech+ Rising Complexity

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October 26-27

Advanced Building Skins

Bern, Switzerland

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November 5

Facade Tectonics Forum: NYC

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Previously Featured


Net Zero Tower

John Neary describes a collaborative Advanced Design Studio at City Tech that involved Permasteelisa, Skanska and Onyx Solar, with links to the published student works.

Read the article.


Facades Education in the Time of the Pandemic—Perhaps We Can Learn Something from This?

Ajla Aksamija, the chair of FTI’s education committee, reports on a virtual education experience bringing students and professionals together. The outcome exceeded all expectations and points to a new model for facades education.

Read the article.


The Battle For The Wall, Part Two

Blogger and FTI President, Helen Sanders, lays bare the spandrel as the weak link in typical curtainwall assemblies, a weakness that threatens the efficacy of contemporary curtainwall technology as a viable future facade solution.

Read more in USGlass Magazine.

2020 World Congress Paper Spotlight

The First Triple Certified Facade

Author Stephen Katz, senior associate at Gensler, provides a detailed facade-focused case study of the recently completed Asia-Pacific region headquarters for Johnson Controls.

Read and download the paper.


Ed Mazria – The Voice of Hope and Optimism

Amidst the crisis of the global pandemic, Mazria sees the opportunity to reshape our world toward a “carbon positive” future.

Read the article in Architect Magazine.

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Organizational Members of the Facade Tectonics Institute


Kuraray, Permasteelisa Group, seele, TriPyramid Structures


Finishing Contractors Association, HOK, Lerch Bates, Technoform North America, Valmont Structures, Vitro Architectural Glass, WRNS Studio, W&W Glass


Antamex Industries, FreMarq Innovations Inc, Heintges, MdeAS Architects, Morrison Hershfield now Stantec, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, Schüco USA, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, SOCOTEC, Inc., The Architect's Newspaper, The Façade Studio

Academics / Nonprofits

Aarhus University, Denmark, IIBEC, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Fenestration Rating Council, Rainscreen Association in North America, Universidad de Concepción, University of Utah, Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association