Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Future of Construction Lecture Series: Moving Parts: Modular Architecture in a Flat World

Date: Thursday January 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Location: AKDO Showroom
22 W 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
Organizer: CTBUH New York


A lecture series presented by CTBUH and Autodesk to explore innovations in the construction industry. The demands on construction have changed rapidly due to urbanization, sustainability, population growth, project complexity, and new technologies. The construction industry has responded with new trends that embrace innovative technologies, construction methods, financing models and more. This series will explore the most compelling trends that are poised to change the way that we build.

Manufacturing Buildings
This is the second in a series of lectures exploring modular construction through intermodal modular architecture. There is an urgent need to transform the way we design and build our cities that will bring down costs, and that will attract people at all income levels to live in dense transit-based urban neighborhoods.

Premised on an urgent need to transform our cities to be more affordable, the next generation of modular architecture will be geared to global production and distribution, and will adopt advanced industrial methods of manufacturing. The promise of modularity – efficiency and economies of scale –will perhaps for the first time be realized.

The ramifications of this shift to a globally distributed modular building system are far-reaching. New modes of project delivery will engender new relationships among architects, planners, developers, builders, and public officials. For New York City, this means a new approach to housing at all income levels, which could then inform a global solution.

Schedule: 6:00 p.m.: Networking Reception (Light snack and drinks will be served)

7:00 p.m.: Introduction by CTBUH NYC YPC Co-Chairs, Ilkay Can-Standard (Architectural Designer, KPF) & Hardik Doshi (
Design Engineer, McNAMARA • SALVIA)

7:10 p.m.: Modular Overview; Presentation by David Wallance, AIA LEED AP BD+C (Senior Associate, FxFowle)
  • Why a globally distributed modular system is crucial in a rapidly urbanizing world
  • How adoption of intermodal transportation standards is the key to a scalable modular industry
  • What makes modular construction based on intermodal transportation categorically different
  • The future of intermodal modular architecture as a collaborative endeavor

7:30 p.m.: Structural Perspective; Presentation by Daniel A. Sesil, PE (Partner, LERA)

  • A structural engineer’s view on intermodal modular architecture
  • Findings from a study to use the intermodal modular system for an urban overbuild project
  • Structural constraints and opportunities in designing with an intermodal modular system

7:45 p.m.: Energy Perspective; Presentation by Jamy Bacchus, PE BEMP LEED AP (Project Manager - Energy Analyst at ME Engineers)

  • Drawing the energy boundary – how land use is the primary driver in energy efficiency
  • Understanding the relationship between multi-story development cost and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Intermodal modular construction, transportation energy and embodied energy

8:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Phil Bernstein

8:20 p.m.: Audience Q&A

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