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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

Conference: Design & Preservation of Historic & Modern Architecture

  • 1.  Conference: Design & Preservation of Historic & Modern Architecture

    Posted 11-26-2019 10:23
    Architectural Plastics & Polymer Composites in the 21st Century: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture, an intensive 2-day conference organized by Technology & Conservation, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA's Historic Resources Committee, and Prof. Mark Goulthorpe, MIT Dept. of Architecture, will be held on March 28-March 29, 2020 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An optional tour program will be available on March 30.
    TOPICS: In-depth information will be provided on: • currently used plastics/polymer composites for buildings, bridges, and other architectural structure applications • potential of carbon-polymer composites • energy aspects including the role of windows, skylights, and translucent building components • fire resistance behavior • health and safety implications • durability, life cycle and sustainability • new fabrication methods • performance and evaluation • meeting historic regulations and modern standards • conservation/restoration procedures • innovative case studies of structures incorporating plastics (such as stadiums, religious buildings, cultural and dreational facilities, educational and government buildings, bridges, transportation centers, commercial and residential complexes. Conference attendees will be able to gain valuable insights into the performance and sustainability of plastics and polymer composites in specific environments, as well as the appropriate selection, specification, use, and maintenance of these materials for existing and new buildings, other structures, building components, and artistic works. Continuing education credits will be available.
    SPEAKERS: Presentations will be given by more than 25 noted architects, engineers, conservators, polymeric materials specialists, and other professionals involved with the built environment.
    For a conference brochure, contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Chair, e-mail:

    Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT
    Technology & Conservation
    Somerville, MA