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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