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Facade Tectonics presents: An Icon Renewed – the renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle


July 11, 2018
By Facade Tectonics Institute

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Facade Tectonics Forum, a glass-industry eduction seminar offered in conjunction with the IGMA Summer Conference, will present “An Icon Renewed – the renovation of Seattle’s space needle,” July 30 in Vancouver. After over half a century Seattle’s aging 605-foot-tall Space Needle, built in 1962, was in need of a major overhaul. The structure is a visual icon of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but the experience of the user is all about view. The capabilities of architectural glass have improved significantly overthe decades since the structure’s original construction, providing significant opportunity for thedesign team. The new incarnation of the Needle is a celebration of contemporary architectural glazing. Join  Blair Payson of OKA and Richard Green ofFront Inc.  as they explore the renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle.

Facade Tectonics is a curated speaker program that includes diverse voices in the creation of advanced building facade systems, showcasing new perspectives on the opportunities for innovation in the design and delivery of the building skin. Multiple emergent drivers are forcing a step change in the performance demands on buildings, and most particularly on the facade system. These demands mandate an innovative
response to issues ranging from systems and materials to design and delivery strategies.

The Facade Tectonics Forum: VANCOUVER will include speaker presentations as well as panel and interactive discussions addressing the theme The Good and The Bad: Evolving considerations and practices of building facade glazing. Four panels and two special presentations are planned over a full day’s programming, including more than 15 speakers. The Good and The Bad will combine the art, science and technology of the building skin with an unparalleled networking opportunity from the building community.

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