7. International NEXT Facade Session in hybrid format provides unusual insights into planning practice

Outstanding architecture always means perfect planning and execution – down to the smallest detail. However, from the first design idea to the finished building, the path never runs entirely smoothly. At what is already the seventh meeting of the English-speaking Int. NEXT Facade Session on 7 March 2023 (from 4 p.m.), experienced architects and engineers will report openly, honestly and entertainingly on misjudgements and mishaps in the daily planning and construction process. And at the same time explain what lessons they could learn from these for future projects.

Making mistakes and learning from them

Even if this is not usually addressed in lectures and publications, one thing is clear: even renowned planners and "old hands" make mistakes. Mistakes that have sometimes brought the development process of many an outstanding building project to a standstill or even required an intelligent "Plan B" in the course of implementation. Against this background, the hybrid event moderated by façade expert Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knaack (TU Darmstadt/Delft) in the NEXT Studio by WICONA + Partners in Frankfurt offers a not quite everyday look at planning practice. Five bright minds from prestigious offices or institutions are contributing.

Fascinating insights from renowned experts

Damian Rogan speaks in his role as Director of Facade Engineering at Eckersley O’Callaghan. The internationally active team of construction and façade engineers is known for sustainability, technical excellence and digital design. An outstanding project: the structural and façade design of the uniquely iconic "Apple Marina Bay Sands" Apple store in Singapore.

Thomas Auer, Managing Director of Transsolar KlimaEngineering, will then give a talk. Climate and energy are the key focuses of the renowned engineering firm. The principle for every project: climate-neutral or climate-positive energy consumption. For example, the MacKimmie Complex in Calgary – constructed as a "zero-carbon building" – currently demonstrates what is feasible and possible.

As an expert on the "multifunctionality of the integral façade", Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Techen (structural engineering and building construction / Frankfurt UAS) is primarily concerned with acoustically effective façade elements or surfaces in urban spaces and has gained valuable experience in this field, into which he offers interesting insights.

Em. Prof. ir. Rob Nijsse from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft is considered a pioneer in visionary glass applications and new materials. Buildings such as the Crystal Houses in Amsterdam, constructed with façades of solid glass bricks, are among his best-known projects.

Finally on stage: Erwin Ten Brincke, Associate Partner at ABT Consulting engineers. With projects such as "The Natural Pavilion" in Almere, the internationally active engineering firm has repeatedly shown how the creation of circular, bio-based, energy-neutral buildings in close connection with nature works.

Hybrid event: Registration now open – free participation

The English-speaking event will be held in hybrid format with a limited number of participants on site and as a livestream. Participation is free of charge. Registration is now open at www.next-studio.de



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