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.


Computable Sustainability

DATE: Thursday November 17, 2011,   FREE      
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine and Cheese
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $11 or select from a variety of transit options.
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Martin Fischer, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University

In a sustainable future, building performance will become a larger aspect of the designer's role. Much progress has been made to date in the process of designing for efficiency, and the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) under the directorship of Dr Martin Fischer, has been at the forefront of this progress.

Fischer is passionate about improving the sustainability of the built environment: "For me, this means buildings that do more for their users - we make the best possible use of the energy, materials, and efforts that create a building - and that they are built productively and with environmental and social sensitivity.

There are three ways in which I produce and use evidence in my work. First is the use of computational modeling tools to simulate potential design and construction conditions for the purpose of evaluating specific performance outcomes. The second is data mining from existing real-world projects to establish relationships for understanding the influence of parameters and constraints on building performance. With design being a social process with peers and experts, the third way is to confirm outcomes as being appropriate and grounded in industry standards and processes.

Excerpts from: Interview with Martin Fischer in "Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design" By Gordon Chong, Robert M. Brandt, W. Mike Martin


Simulation for Sustainability - courtesy of Martin Fischer

About Martin Fischer:

Martin Fischer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE). CIFE is the world-leading, industry-sponsored, academic research center on virtual design and construction. Dr Fischer is known globally for his work and leadership in developing virtual 4D modeling (time plus 3D) methods to improve project planning, enhance facility life-cycle performance, increase the productivity of project teams, and further the sustainability of the built environment. His research results have been used by many small and large industrial and government organizations around the world. He has lived and worked in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Dr Fischer holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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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