The world's population is expected to grow significantly over the next three decades, almost two thirds of which will live in cities. This is double the current number set against already strained resources and the very significant ecological impact caused by the resources being consumed by our urban conurbations. Buildings will have to become much more efficient, with designs driven by environmental and performance criteria. A key component will be the design of the buildings envelope as a moderator and integral part of an overall systems integration strategy. A short presentation will explore different approaches, both active and passive, as the kickoff for a workshop investigating this topic.

"A building's exterior has the ability to modulate environmental performance, making environmental facades an important part of sustainable urban design. This is one piece of the sustainability puzzle. Today, a building must be designed as an integral part of the urban ecosystem to be considered sustainable. Tools such as CityEngine and ArcGIS help architects to quantify the potential cumulative impacts of their designs--not just on the neighbors, but on entire neighborhoods. New procedural modeling techniques and spatio-temporal analytic tools allow architects and planners alike to iteratively test assumptions and view potential impacts while still in the design process. Passive and active solar potential, shadow effect, day lighting, water infiltration, wind turbidity, viewsheds, and a host of other performance indicators crucial to a assessing design can for the first time be performed within a true geographic context. Our presentation will showcase several examples of how procedural modeling can help architects increase design efficiency, reduce change orders, and communicate more effectively with clients and communities." Esri - Workshop sponsors

Andrew Whalley BArch (Mackintosh) AA Dipl RIBA AIA FRSA Andrew Whalley is Grimshaw's Deputy Chairman and represents the Chairman's Office for all international projects.

He has been an instrumental part of the Partnership since the earliest days of the practice, serving as Partner in Charge on a number of diverse projects including performing arts, transportation and workplace buildings.

His award-winning projects include the Eden Project in Cornwall, the redevelopment of the historic Paddington Station in London and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, in New York. Andrew works closely with the Chairman to cultivate Grimshaw's relationships with clients and other institutions worldwide, and manage Grimshaw's design approach, PR and external communications. He has been with Grimshaw since 1986.

Eric Wittner is Esri's 3D Technology Evangelist. He works to expand public understanding of how Esri's 3D products can enhance an organizations products and process, and help bring them success. Having spent six years as part of the 3D software development team, he has an intimate understanding of Esri core 3D technology. From his time as the product engineering lead for geodesign he understands how Esri's tools can be used to support interdisciplinary decision making in a variety of fields. As a thought leader in 3D at Esri, he helps shapes the vision and direction of Esri's software, data model, and solution development.

Grimshaw was founded in London in 1980 and now operates worldwide with offices in New York, London, Doha, Melbourne and Sydney. In New York, Andrew Whalley, Vincent Chang, Mark Husser, and William Horgan lead a talented team of international designers. The studio is a place of innovation, invention and imagination - a place where the atmosphere is more that of a laboratory or think-tank than of a typical architecture office. This group boldly engages in design from first principles, and their solutions are often unexpected, but resonantly clear. The firm is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design of their buildings. This commitment stems from a desire to gain familiarity with local manufacturing and building processes and to develop

relationships with the best consultants to deliver buildings that meet the highest possible standard. It is also based on a desire to be truly engaged in the evolution of a place - to contribute to its development on a meaningful level. It is the firm's aim to be wholeheartedly engaged in its environment, and from this awareness generate truly inspiring and transformative design.

Date: Tuesday 08 October 2013
Location:     Grimshaw, 637 West 27th Street New York NY 10001 USA
Time: 09.00 - 12.30
Lunch: 12.45