VT Lecture –  Neil Katz from SOM’s Blackbox Studio

VT Lecture – Neil Katz from SOM’s Blackbox Studio

April 10 at 7:00pm. For Architecture week, VT is hosting Neil Katz from SOM’s Blackbox Studio. He is a brilliant individual and a great resource for SOM in their conceptualization of many significant projects. His most recent designs are the two spires which top the new World Trade tower. Designed and modeled structurally and aerodynamically for minimal movement under extremely high wind conditions.

Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He uses a ‘computational design’ approach to design, and has used this methodology in exploring models and for analyzing and designing in response to many project aims, including environmental and sustainability goals. ‘Computational design’, which includes algorithmic and parametric design, as well as building information modeling (BIM), is as much a way of thinking about design as using and developing tools for design.

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