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    Design Talks

    Introduction to Permaculture

    Introduction to Permaculture

    Are you interested in learning about the latest innovations and trends in Design fields? How about opportunities to meet other industry professionals, or, earn professional development credit?

    Design Talks will provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a collegial environment while learning about hot topics sustainable and healthcare design and design for a lifetime.

    Our monthly series will feature two sessions and the chance to earn up to 4 CEU's.
    Price: $35 a session - Please email us to register!
     

    2013-2014 Series

    October
    December
    January
    February
    March
    April
    June

    April

    TBD: Classical Architecture
    Session 1: 6:00 - 9:00pm: Progressive and Practical Classicism with Aaron Helfand and John Tittmann
    How then did classicism remain relevant for over two millennia, and how can it continue its relevance today? The essence of classicism is a reverence for the archaic. It is relevant because it evolves to meet new programmatic challenges and to take advantage of new technologies and materials. This design talk focuses on the historical evolution of classical architecture relative to technological advancement and will demonstrate how the evolutionary process continues in the 21st century. While architectural classicism celebrates the highest achievements in artistry, it remains a practical art. This design talk examines the intersection of artistry and function, showing how classicism developed, as a response to basic problems of building construction and maintenance. The talk will highlight solutions that remain especially useful to architects and builders today.

    TBD: Landscape
    Session 1:  7:00 - 9:00pm: Introduction to Permaculture with Lydia Silva
    The permaculture design process seeks to combine the design of food systems and social structures to provide for human needs while restoring ecosystem health. Examining the interconnections between environmental, social and economic components, Permaculture is informed by the disciplines of systems ecology, ecological design and ethno-ecology. In this design talk, students will be introduced to permaculture design principles and strategies. The framework of permaculture includes "social permaculture", what does this mean for designers? Attendees will receive a reading in advance of this interactive session to allow for optimal discussion and participation. 

     
    June

    06.03.2014: Landscape
    More information coming soon!

    October

    10.01.2013: Design For a Lifetime
    Design for a Lifetime talks address' the topical areas that architects, interior designers, remodelers or builders of single and multi-family homes will need to expand their skills and grow their market.

    Session 1 4:30-6:30pm The Client Conversation with John Altobello and Eileen Patterson
    More and more homeowners are deciding to stay in their homes for the long run. How designers approach the conversation of lifetime living in a functionally safe, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment becomes a critical to the designer/client relationship.

    The course aims to give participants tools with which to conduct successful client conversations around design for a lifetime. Participants will observe a designer and client in action as the conversation begins and unfolds, sometimes around sensitive topics as well as practice in conducting the conversation.

    Session 2 7:00-9:00pm Universal Design and The Home with Deborah Pierce
    To understand Universal Design, it is important to appreciate the range of human abilities - sensory, cognitive, and mobility - and their impact on daily living. Strict compliance with building codes does not guarantee that a space will be fully useable by its inhabitants.

    10.29.2013: Green Buildings
    If you are interested in developing green buildings in a practical, yet forward way of thinking, this talk is for you!

    SEM0050 Session 1 4:30-6:30pm: Green Roofs/Green Walls with Bob Brooks
    Watch a presentation on designing green roofs and walls that will prepare you to discuss and propose solutions to design problems. Participants will learn how to: assess an existing or proposed structure's potential to support a successful green roof or wall, match a client's program with the appropriate type and system, design and develop documents for a basic installation, and provide approximate cost information based on current prices.

    SEM0051 Session 2 7:00-9:00pm: Greening Existing Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities with Susan Pranger
    Greening an existing building requires the building occupants to rethink how they use and operate the space. This workshop will examine the challenges and opportunities in developing a Green O&M plan that is economical and practical, yet forward thinking. USGBC's LEED EBOM system will be used as a framework for discussion and activities. Participants will have the opportunity to apply knowledge to their own building by completing a LEED EBOM check list for their own office building, learning about Energy, Sustainable Materials, Water and Site, Mitigating factors, and engaging in discussion on how to improve their building.

    December

    12.03.2013: Lighting

    Session 1: 10:30am-12:30pm: Making Landscape Lighting Work for Functionality and Aesthetics with Nancy Goldstein
    Everyone notices bad landscape lighting; good landscape lighting enhances the landscape architects composition and brings added value to the end-user. This workshop will visually present dos and don'ts; delve into the science, art and craft; and provide an opportunity for participants to evaluate sample fixtures for landscape lighting applications.

    Session 2: 6:00-8:00pm: Faster than the Speed of Light - Changes in Interior Lighting You Need to Know With Margie McNally
    The lighting industry is in the middle of a tidal wave of change. With the rapidly increasing need for energy efficient lighting, it is important for fixtures to meet certain standard criteria while providing safe, reliable, and pleasing sources both in commercial and residential applications. Lighting plays a key role in all areas of our lives. It is a critical design issue that affects function, mood, and health and safety concerns both at work and at home. Come explore the latest trends in interior lighting and how energy efficient lighting is evolving into more capable and attractive products in the market place. Light sources will be discussed, including LED technology, compact fluorescent, daylighting, sensors and controls.

    January

    01.07.2014: Classical Architecture

     Session 1: 4:30-6:30pm: Progressive Classicism with Aaron Helfand
    The essence of classicism is a reverence for the archaic. How then did classicism remain relevant for over two millennia, and how can it continue its relevance today? Classicism is relevant because it is not static; rather, it evolves to meet new programmatic challenges and to take advantage of new technologies and materials. This design talk focuses on the historical evolution of classical architecture relative to technological advancement and will demonstrate how the evolutionary process continues in the 21st century.

    Session 2: 7:00-9:00pm: Practical Classicism with John Tittman
    While architectural classicism celebrates the highest achievements in artistry, it remains a practical art. This lecture examines the intersection of artistry and function, showing how classicism developed, as a response to basic problems of building construction and maintenance. The talk will highlights solutions that remain especially useful to architects and builders today. 

     

    February  

    02.04.2014: Sustainable Design

    Session 1: Green Roofs/Green Walls with Bob Brooks
    Watch a presentation on designing green roofs and walls that will prepare you to discuss and propose solutions to design problems. Participants will learn how to: assess an existing or proposed structure's potential to support a successful green roof or wall, match a client's program with the appropriate type and system, design and develop documents for a basic installation, and provide approximate cost information based on current prices.

    02.08.2014

     Session 2: 9:30-11:30am: Sustainable Neighborhoods with Elizabeth Humstone 
    Since 2009, LEED for Neighborhood Development is used for rating sustainability for new developments and existing neighborhoods. Successful projects demonstrate:

    1.  How the location in areas within or adjacent to existing development, transit water and sewer services
    2. How the location is designed for walkability
    3. How the protection of water resources, air quality and cultural & natural resources can minimize greenhouse gas emissions while promoting community and economic development.

    The first section of the workshop discusses the key components of LEED-ND - Smart Location and Linkage, Neighborhood Planning and Design, and Green Infrastructure and Building. Following this discussion, participants will walk to a nearby neighborhood, to examine the application of some prerequisites and credits of LEED-ND on site.
    *If field work is not permitted by weather, an example will be presented in the workshop.

    March 

    03.25.2014: Healthcare Design
    Session 1: 6:00-8:00pm: Regenerative Healthcare & Universal Design: The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with Deb Rivers and Josh Safdie
    When Partners Healthcare set out to design a replacement facility for the 40-year-old Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA, the ownership team knew they wanted to create a project that would serve as an international model for environmental and social sustainability in a rehabilitation setting. Working with an experienced and open-minded design team, Partners made a critical decision to apply the principles of Universal Design to every aspect of the project, from site planning to patient room layouts, and everything in-between. Completed in 2013, the design of the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital greatly exceeds minimum regulatory standards for accessibility, leaving behind the old paradigm of "just tell me what I have to do" and opting instead for an approach to regenerative healthcare design that is firmly grounded in the global realities of the 21st century. During this session, senior members of the ownership and design teams will share an overview of the facility design and discuss key aspects of the design process, including full-scale mock-ups, staff and patient simulations, and user-expert engagement.

    April 

    04.01.2014: Design Build
    More information coming soon! 

    May 

    05.06.2014: Historic Preservation
    More information coming soon! 

    June 

    06.03.2014: Landscape
    More information coming soon!