The BTES Conference 2009
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 6 – 9, 2009
co- hosted by:
Dana Gulling, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Diane Armpriest, Associate Professor, University of Idaho
School of Architecture, University of New Mexico – designed by Antoine Predock
The proceedings for the conference are now available through Lulu.com.
Assembling Architecture hopes to bridge the gap between the theoretical and the practical, providing participants the opportunity explore advancements in technology at the intersection of design, theory, and practice. Significant developments in material science, design and manufacture of building components, innovative building systems, and dynamic structures, require specific knowledge and expertise and are driving design practice. However, one of the emerging challenges in architectural education, research and practice is to promote integrative design through interdisciplinary models of teaching, research and practice. Despite this call to action, many architectural programs remained fractured and collaborative work between technologists, theorists, and designers is undervalued and underrepresented. At the same time, new models for teaching, research, and creative work are required to intersect these contrasting developments.
The conference organizers accepted papers that address the broad issues of the theme, special session topics, or the list of additional questions.
René Davids of Davids Killory Architecture and the University of California, Berkeley, and Martin Bechthold, Harvard University will deliver keynote addresses.
The conference also features two topical plenary panel sessions. The sessions, Concept + Construct, led by Annette LeCuyer, and Local Complexities: led by Jason Vollen will include presentations by session leaders along with papers selected from those submitted by conference participants.
Francisco Uvino will lead a pre-conference adobe workshop in the nearby historic town of Bernalillo, New Mexico. Activities include a hands-on introduction to adobe construction methods and tours of historic structures in the Abencio Salazar Historic District.
Bob Dermody throwing lime mortar at an adobe wall
Teaching Gift Exchange
All participants at the conference are asked to contribute to the teaching gift exchange. This is an opportunity to share one of your favorite student assignments, teaching tools, resources or references with your colleagues. You will be sure to come away with new ideas and inspiration for your courses.
The conference will be held at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning in its newly completed home designed by Antoine Predock. In addition to examples exemplary contemporary architecture, the campus and location offers a number of opportunities to explore indigenous and traditional building materials and forms. UNM is located near downtown Albuquerque along old Route 66. With a population of more than 700,000 people, Albuquerque offers a wonderful mixture of Hispanic and Pueblo Indian culture, cuisine, and artifacts. Albuquerque is centrally located within the state and is the home of an international airport with easy flight connections to most locations throughout the US and Canada. The city is within easy driving distance to Santa Fe, Acoma, and Petroglyph National Monument.
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