The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee and ABC Imaging, is pleased to announce the next event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.


Chuck Hoberman
Transformable Design: Iconic to Environmental

DATE: Monday December 6, 2010,   FREE       (note: Monday)
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine and Cheese
CEUs: 1 AIA Continuing Education Unit is available
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $10, please see this link for information: parking map.

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Chuck Hoberman, Hoberman Associates & Adaptive Building Initiative

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak about his pioneering work in the field of Transformable Design, a methodology to create objects that can controllably change their size, shape and surface. Recent projects take his original concepts to ever greater scale and complexity. Examples include the stage centerpiece U2's 360░ Tour (the Expanding Video Screen), the Rapidly Deployable Shelter (RDS), now deployed in Afghanistan and Israel, as well as a series of dynamic architectural projects which are being built around the world. To implement these projects, Hoberman has drawn together a consortium of companies dedicated to delivering innovation within the built environment. He will speak about the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI) which he co-founded in 2008 with the global engineering firm Buro Happold. Its goal is to enable a new generation of buildings that optimize their configuration in response to real-time environmental changes. To this end, ABI has just launched a new line of adaptive fašade systems, termed Intelligent Surfaces. In his talk, Hoberman will introduce the underlying principles of Transformable Design, his creative methods for applying those principles within projects, and how this approach can act as a catalyst for innovation within creative teams.
Hoberman Associates, Inc.
Adaptive Building Initiative


Adaptive Building Initiative


U2's 360░ Tour

About Chuck
Chuck Hoberman is an inventor widely known for his transformable structures - objects that fold, retract, or shape-shift. He is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice which designs consumer products, deployable shelters, and space structures. He has designed a line of toys, including the iconic Hoberman Sphere. In 2002, his Hoberman arch was the centerpiece of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and he was featured in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008. In the past year, Hoberman completed two major architectural projects: an elegant, wave-like fašade on high-end Japanese cosmetics brand POLA's new retail space in Tokyo and a massive, seven-story transformable video screen for the Irish rock band U2's 2009 world tour.


Adaptive Building Initiative


Adaptive Building Initiative


Adaptive Building Initiative


U2's 360░ Tour

About the LADTF:

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is a collective organization representing a wide cross-section of architecture and engineering firms and academic institutions around the Los Angeles basin. It serves to increase awareness of technological innovations in design and construction, and to foster their application throughout the Los Angeles design community. By connecting a diverse audience of designers, engineers, builders and owners who have widely varying conceptions of technology in their work, we hope to create new opportunities for efficiency and creativity.

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is coordinated by Marty Doscher, Reg Prentice, Dennis Shelden, Randy Jefferson, and Kurt Komraus.

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