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9th International Tall Buildings Conference, Milan
We sponsored the 9th International Tall Buildings Conference, which took place in Milan on Tuesday 25th June.
According to Aldo Norsa, formerly a tenured professor at the Università Iuav of Venice:
“A cross-sector theme that has emerged is the buildings’ contribution to the renewal of cities, encouraging regeneration of denser and more problematic residential areas. The problems come from forms of contamination spreading where endless urban built-up areas are paired with architecture growing vertically. They fail to integrate with the environment, to relate to one another. Instead, to develop a relationship between urban morphology and building typology (tall) it is possible to give the latter an iconic value with added insertion value. Thus, to relate to its context with less self-referential architectural shapes which capture the differences between places connecting modern technical know-how through a functional and typological change that resolves any kind of complex problem. This means for building vertically to become a paradigm of modernity, stimulating for the three attributes that most characterise it: effectiveness/efficiency, a relationship with mobility and to not waste surface space.
Among the most thought-provoking considerations, developed at the Università Iuav di Venezia in partnership with the CTBUH, is the “time challenge”, because the height race (much more frenetic in developing Countries) shines a light on the overwhelming problem of demolition. A CTBUH study on a hundred tall buildings so far demolished across the globe shows that only two were taken down because of structural obsolescence while the main cause appears to be dilapidation, especially in terms of functionality. […] Finally, during the nine “Tall Buildings” conferences, to complete the themes of architectural design, specific technological aspects are also tackled, including the above-mentioned “time challenge”, discussed in terms of a cost analysis of the entire lifecycle, aware of the fact that functional obsolescence is much faster than technological and requires solutions where architecture and engineering are in close dialogue.”
Focchi Group about BIM (Building Information Modeling)
BIM is neither a product nor software but an actual shared “building information container” in which data about every part of the building — physical and functional characteristics — are inserted since its earliest conception.
It comes from a need for creating a fluid collaboration between all disciplines (design team, main contractor and subcontractor), software interoperability, process integration and sustainability. Indeed, it is a collaborative design process as it allows the integration of all useful information into only one model in every design phase. All relevant data about the building can be extracted, exchanged or networked and everyone involved in the project can easily and effectively visualize, analyze, and communicate problems in the sequential, spatial, and temporal aspects of the construction progress.
– BIM offers more efficiency, productivity and interoperability. The whole system is designed to reduce information losses, discrepancies and costs while creating maximum information sharing and accurate control over the project. It prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘clash detection’ whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building may wrongly intersect.
– BIM is a perfect facilities management database as it provides a rich description of building elements, engineering services, geometry, relationships and property capabilities.
– BIM enables for design and documentation to be done concurrently instead of serially because all work communications are created dynamically while work is processing.
– Waste can be minimized on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-pilled on-site.
– BIM can help to increase sustainability. It allows architects and engineers to integrate and analyse environmental issues in their design over the life cycle of the building.
Our BIM projects: Libeskind Tower, Battersea Power Station Phase II, 12 New Fetter Lane, 4 Kingdom Street, 70 St. Mary Axe, 245 Hammersmith Road, 145 City Road, 100 Liverpool Street, 80 Fenchurch Street and 11 – 21 Canal Reach.
Focchi Group welcomed Graham Stuart MP – Minister For Trade
Minister Graham Stuart has recently visited Battersea Power Station in order to meet foreign companies involved in the regeneration project.
He was accompanied by Focchi Team who showed him the work they are doing for Phase II of the restoration.