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Join CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. for the fifth annual AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon, for an advanced discussion on the future of the AEC industry.

We are proud to present the 2017 symposium theme of, Merging and Emerging: AEC Futures, focused on how the AEC and technology industry will develop through projected advancements in coming decades. Through three vectors: Site Futures (Robotics, Sensing, AR and Mixed Reality), Practice Futures (Cross-disciplinary collaboration, Machine Learning and AI), and Facilities Futures (Integration of sensing and data logging for the Built Environment), the symposium will investigate opportunities in implementing cross-industry tech and discuss emerging AEC technology.

The Hackathon is aimed for attendees to learn new skills, generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community through a predetermined challenge to result in an open-source product.

The Symposium will begin at 9:00 a.m., Friday October 20th. Following, the Hackathon will kick-off at 9:00 a.m., Saturday October 21st and conclude at 3 p.m., Sunday October 22nd.

Additional workshops will be held all-day at Thornton Tomasetti’s offices on Thursday October 19th. The workshops will be 4-hours each with a morning and afternoon session. Learn about D3.js and visualization, Tool Development in Grasshopper with Human UI, Dynamo, Konstru, and more. Workshops will be hosted by CORE studio, WeWork, Bad Monkeys, Mostapha Roudsari, and more.

Further information will be posted in the coming weeks regarding schedule, registration, and speakers. Continue to stay informed by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and checking our website.


Many thanks to our generous Symposium, Hackathon, and Workshop Sponsors!

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Photos and Videos are available!

Missed our symposium or want to share talks with a friend or colleague? Videos of the presentations are now available online! You can find the playlist on our YouTube.

Photos from the Symposium and Happy Hour Reception are located here.

If you attended any of the events and captured interesting images, we want to see them! You can email them directly to Shannon.


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To learn more about this past event, symposium speakers, and hackathon ideas, please visit the event page.


SDC students (from left) Skylynn Laluz, Crystal Daniel, Victoria Augustyn and Ugyen Sangmo.

Modeled after the quirky competitive TV cooking show “Iron Chef,” the annual Iron Designer Challenge, which took place earlier in June, throws together AEC professionals and high school students to foster mentoring relationships and raise funds for the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC). The New York City public high school provides classes in design, construction, architecture and engineering to prepare students for college and beyond. In the competition teams have three hours to design and build a structure out of a predetermined palette of materials in front of an audience. This year’s theme, “Design from the Future,” asked participants to create a structure/object that might originate 100 years from now.

Thornton Toamsetti Senior Designer Neda Ainehchi captained an all-star team consisting of Engineer Carlotta Malavolti, Computational Designer Ashley Reed, Spencer Lapp (of design studio SLAPP) and SDC students Crystal Daniel, Victoria Augustyn, Skylynn Laluz and Ugyen Sangmo. With future limited water supplies in mind, the Thornton Tomasetti team envisioned SWEAT, a SeaWater Evaporative Abstergent Tower. SWEAT can produce drinkable water through the condensation of non-potable water, improving water accessibility in the future, or even today.

The SWEAT proposal filters non-potable water through condensation (left) and implements a pulley system to collect the drinkable water (right).

Judges from SHoP Construction, The Architect’s Newspaper and Tri-Lox Workshop evaluated the stiff competition from all the other teams, consisting of professionals from Cerami & Associates, Ennead Architects, Gensler, OMNI Architects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Robert Silman Associates, Sam Schwartz, Schneider Electric, SOM and Turner. And after three hours of intense collaboration and on-the-fly problem solving, the Thornton Tomasetti team was declared winner of the coveted Iron Designer Champion title.

Facadesplus2014_featureMatthew Naugle of CORE studio and Alloy Kemp of Thornton Tomasetti’s Building Skin group will teach a technology workshop where participants will learn the fundamentals of using Grasshopper for building envelope panelization.  The focus of the workshop will be to use a variety of optimization techniques leveraging Galapagos, Kangaroo, and TT Toolbox to find optimal design solutions for complex panelization problems.

For more information and to register for the workshop jump over to the Facades Plus website.

It’s been two weeks since I spent an entire night coding with 25 or so other active hackers at our inaugural AEC Technology Hackathon. I felt the urge to write down my impressions of the weekend and the lessons learned, before the memories fade. Hacking through the night is not a common way to spend the weekend for professionals in our industry. If we really ‘have to produce’, it is much more likely for us to duct-tape Revit models or create renderings and PowerPoint presentations in preparation for the next big deadline, or dreaming up proposals for projects that we would like to be doing in the future. But unlike these long exhaustive hours typically spent preparing for a deadline at work, I have to say that the 27 continuous hours spent at the hacking event were energizing and inspiring; not tiring.

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Chien Si is having one of those hackathon moments

The event kicked off at 9 am with 80 people in the room equipped with coffee, fruit and laptops. We could feel the energy from the start, the countdown clock projected onto the wall reminded us that time is finite, and we were ready to produce. Many of us had spent the last days forming teams and exchanging ideas on the event’s group page at, so that we could get started straight away. For those who hadn’t yet teamed up, we spent the first 20 minutes of the morning with brief introductions and announcements of one’s interests and skills in order to get as many people as possible teamed up in the best possible combinations.

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On Wednesday, April 23, Senior Computational Designer Ben Howes and Integration Engineer Matthew Naugle will be presenting at this year’s BIMForum in Boston, Mass. Howes and Naugle will discuss CORE studio’s recent research and development for a process of rapid design and engineering collaboration called Remote Solving. This process allows for fast-paced feedback in the early design phases of a project, during which the design is still constantly evolving.

Their presentation will be part of the panel on computation, which will start at 10:05 a.m. For more information about the conference and to see a full schedule, check out the BIMForum website.


On Friday, April 25, Integration Engineer Matthew Naugle will host an all-day workshop, during which he will teach advanced panelization techniques utilizing Grasshopper for Rhino. Participants will be exposed to methods of rationalization and optimization using the Galapagos, Kangaroo, and TT Toolbox plugins.

Be sure to also check out Vice President Edward Peck of our Building Skin practice, who will be presenting “ETFE: Trend or Resilient Technology?” Thursday, April 24, on the first day of the symposium. You certainly do not want to miss this one!

For more information about speakers and workshops, jump on over to the Facades+ website.

Please join Director of Advanced Computational Modeling Jonatan Schumacher and Associate Justin Nardone for a lecture on March 27 at 6 p.m. at City Tech in Brooklyn.

Jonatan and Justin will showcase advances in computational modeling, and will discuss in detail the motivations and challenges behind the recent design-fabrication-build of the kinetic ceiling sculpture for Thornton Tomasetti’s new San Francisco office.

For more information see this flyer.