The engineering and architectural community has begun to develop new ideas that will help to mitigate the negative impacts on the environment through increased urban density, creative approaches to design, and sustainable district and city-wide developments.
The building, in a continuous exchange with the city, is integrally connected to the larger urban context through the flows of people, transportation, electricity, water, waste, data, and many other forms of information. This interconnection has inspired new concepts of building systems that incorporate theories of morphology, self-reflection, and rheology, which affect the individual and collective performance of structures within a broader ecological context.
The lecture contemplated the collaborative relationship between the science of the building and the city. Structure was evaluated as a contributor to art, architecture, and the environment.
Mark Sarkisian is a Partner and Head of Structural and Seismic Engineering at the architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in San Francisco, California. His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for over 100 major building projects around the world, including some of the world’s tallest. Mark holds eight U.S. Patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms and environmentally responsible structural systems. He has recently published a book with Routledge – Taylor & Francis entitled “Design Tall Buildings – Structure as Architecture”.