Crafting Impact: Reimagining Architecture by Reimagining Construction
Architecture exists because of construction. It regulates and brings order to material flows. If the aim of architecture is to be beautiful and produce more beneficial outcomes for society and the environment, then architects have the potential to craft construction systems in radically different ways. Portman Visiting Critic Billie Faircloth will unpack these statements, which are the basis for the 2018 Portman Prize Studio, by examining the projects of KieranTimberlake, an architectural practice committed to developing new processes, products, and materials.
Billie Faircloth has been Partner and Research Director at KieranTimberlake since 2008. She participates in the development of technology to inform high-performance design, including Wireless Sensor Networks, Predictive Temperature Modeling tools, and Tally™, an application for Revit that provides accurate life-cycle data and reporting tools to designers. She is leading the development of Ideal Choice Homes, an affordable, quick-to-build housing solution for India. Billie lectures at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design and Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is a Visiting Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material was published by Routledge in Spring 2015. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin.