• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Architecture and Energy Symposium: January 23-24

Later this month PennDesign will host the third annual Architecture and Energy symposium, where international experts convene to discuss our shared energy challenges in a cross-disciplinary conversation. This year's symposium will focus on energy data visualization, buildings and energy use, and the intersection of energy and design.

Here's the schedule:


PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street

Thursday, January 23, 6-8pm


  • Welcome: PennDesign Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor and Architecture Professor Winka Dubbeldam
  • "Energy Narratives," Laura Baird, OMA/AMO, Rotterdam, NL. 6-8pm

Friday, January 24, 9am

DISCUSSION: Accounting for Energy

  • "Implementing a New Domestic Energy Regime: The Electrified Home, 1920 & The Sustainable Home, 2020,"  David Nye, University of Southern Denmark, Danish Institute for Advanced Study;
  • "Seeing Climate," Reinhold Martin, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • "Science Fiction and the Imagination of Energy," Ursula Heise, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Moderator: Daniel Barber

SESSION: Visualizing Energy Data

  • "Spatial Distribution of Urban Building Energy," Vijay Modi, Engineering, Columbia University
  • "Multi-scale Visualizations of Facility Energy Use," A.J. Simon, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • "Visualizing Complexity," Ryan Russell, Graphic Design, Pennsylvania State University
  • "Visualization to Support Facility Operation and Maintenance," Semiha Ergan, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Moderator: John Messner, PennState

SESSION: Representing Energy in Buildings

  • "Materials as Probes," Billie Faircloth, Research Director, Kieran Timberlake Associates
  • "A Sense for Energy," Erik Olsen, Transsolar, Klima Engineering
  • "Evaluating Urban Resource Efficiency - The Interplay of Microclimate, Operational and Embodied Energy," Christof Reinhart, Architectural Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • "Ducks, Dollars, or kWh?," Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Moderator: Forrest Meggers, Princeton

DISCUSSION: Projecting Energy Futures

  • "The Principles of the Living Building Challenge," Jason F. McLennan, Cascadia Green Building Council, Living Building Challenge
  • "Energy Archives," David Gissen, California College of Arts
  • "Asking All the Wrong Questions," David Owen, New Yorker
  • Moderator: Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth

Sponsors: Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, PennDesign's TC Chan Center, Penn State's Stuckeman School, and Penn's Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL).

Registration: $25 for professionals; free for faculty and students (registration required). Register online.

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