Design Exchange (DX) announces Considering the Quake. Seismic Design on the Edge

Design Exchange (DX) presents Considering the Quake. Seismic Design on the Edge , an exhibition on view Sept 13 – Nov 9, 2012.

Many speak of architecture as both a science and art, but few ever truly witness the “science” part of architecture. Behind the building’s skin lies much of its initial premise, developed between the union of architect and engineer; an intersecting communication, creating unparalleled synchronicity when each profession just plainly gets it right. What if we could bring these two seemingly disparate elements under the roof of one comprehensive exhibit; and do this through the principle of earthquake engineering? A domain thought of most singularly under an engineer’s autonomous control. Exhibit will display various projects that surpass conventional approaches to seismic design and portray the relationship between the architect and engineer (will feature full scale seismic technology, architectural and structural models, renderings, animation and other multimedia platforms). Design meets practical application. Examples: From ARUP’s Hermès Building featuring the work of Renzo Piano Architects in Tokyo, Japan and their York University Subway Station with Foster and Partners in Toronto, to Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, to Cast Connex’s seismic technology that will be included in New York City’s World Trade Center 3 design.

Curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering. –

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