Faculty to Discuss Buildings of the Future in Free Webinar

What will buildings look like a century from now? Two faculty members from the College of Architecture and Design will discuss the future of buildings in a free webinar on July 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Philip Enquist, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, and James Rose, director of the Institute for Smart Structures at UT, will serve as two of four panelists to discuss how additive technology will enable designers to rethink building design and construction methods in the distant future.

Professionals and students across all fields will benefit from this national conversation, including those in architecture, engineering, construction management, manufacturing, emerging technology, materials science, building science, and utilities.

During the sixty-minute webinar, panelists will share their views on the following questions:

  • What if we can build and customize houses quickly and economically?
  • What if we can recycle all construction materials and leave no waste on a construction site?
  • What if our building materials can become more organic and intelligent?
  • What are the implications of such changes for the building carbon footprint and city waste management? Will there be a whole new industry?
  • What if we have the ability to integrate insulation, lighting and mechanical components with the structure?

The US Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are hosting the free webinar in order to explore technology and demographic trends that could revolutionize built environments.

Webinar attendees are invited to join the discussion. To register, visit tiny.utk.edu/nOAIH.

For more information about the Buildings of the Future effort, visit the project website at energy.gov/eere/buildings/buildings-future.

For more information about UT’s College of Architecture and Design, visit archdesign.utk.edu.

 

CONTACT:

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)