Talks and Presentations

Atelier Ten is kick-starting spring with exciting talks and presentations.


Structures Congress 2014
April 3, 4:00 p.m.
Nico Kienzl, Director

The panel topic, “The Philosophy of Sustainability”, will be a discussion about the present and future impact of what it means to be ‘green’ today. The talk will focus on our present obligation to limit our impact on the environment so that future generations will have equal opportunities to live responsibly, ethically, and environmentally. Additionally, the panel will tackle the classic work of 1971, Small if Beautiful, by Schumacher that lays the sustainability problems of the world at the doorstep of bigness. Is there anything to the thesis that our problems of sustainability are caused by “bigness”?

Nico will be joined by Robert Silman from Robert Silman Associates; Jean Carroon from Goody Clancy Architects; Andrew Potts from Nixon Peabody LLC; and Brian Swett from City of Boston.

Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA


ASHRAE 2014 High Performance Buildings Conference
April 8, 3:15 p.m.
Shruti Kasarekar, Senior Environmental Designer

Contributing to the seminar titled “Beyond the Energy Model: From Precision Control to Connect Communities”, Shruti will present a successful example of how energy simulation analysis was utilized on a model art museum project. The energy analysis used has influenced a new standard development which will allow more museums to achieve energy savings and ensure long term preservation of artifacts.

Led by Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the presenters will also include Nathan Kegel of Integrated Environmental Solutions and Adam Rendek of Stantec Consulting.

Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA


Yale University Hixon Center F&ES Alumni Lecture Series 
April 14, 12:00 p.m.
Ben Shepherd, Associate Director

A graduate from The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Ben (M.E.M. ‘06) will return to Yale to speak at the F&ES Alumni Lecture Series on Urban Ecology. His talk titled “Advancing Sustainable & Resilient Urban Infrastructure”, will address the relevant issues and specific opportunities associated with creating a more sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure. It will draw on first-hand experience, working in the urban built environment at multiple scales, including perspectives from regulatory, planning, infrastructure, and at individual building. Ben will also introduce proven methods that solve the current challenges facing our planet as urban populations begin to grow and more unique methods of project finance and delivery become necessary.

Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect Street, Room 319, New Haven, CT


Facades+ Dialog Workshops
April 25, 1:30 p.m.
Nico Kienzl, Director

Nico will join the panel “Facade Metrics and Resilience: Real Life Differences during Times of Crisis”. More frequent extreme weather conditions, an overreliance on manmade infrastructure (as manifested in brownouts), and sociological and migration changes can all potentially make our buildings uninhabitable or change the level of inside comfort. These events may have crippling effects on our lifestyles, at best, and impact survivability at worst. Panelists and attendees together will explore varying concepts for preparedness and discuss if-then scenarios guided by leading figures in the construction industry that will illuminate approaches to making our building stock more resilient.

Moderated by Christoph Timm from SOM, the panel will also include Teresa Rainey from SOM; Daniel Vos from Heintges; and Michel Michno from CH Holding

Pratt Manhattan Campus, 144 West 14th Street, New York, NY