July 2004 Event
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm ET
Location: Center for Architecture. Main Lecture Hall (Lower Level) 536
LaGuardia Place (Between Bleecker and W.3rd Street), NYC

'Digital Alchemy: Computational Advances and their Transformational
Impact on Architectural Design, Form, and Construction' -  2.0 CEU's
Speaker: Anthony Webster, Professor, Columbia University, New York

In this informative talk, noted Columbia GSAP Professor and engineer,
Anthony Webster, will explore how late-20th century advances in computer
science and numerical processes have impacted structural design,
architectural form, and fabrication and construction methodologies - and
what impact they may likely have in the near and extended future.
Examples of groundbreaking buildings Professor Webster intends to
discuss include the Beineke Library at Yale University by SOM, the US
Pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan, by Davis and Brody, various Frank
Gehry projects, as well as the Statue of Liberty (structure by Eiffel).

Of particular note [not to be missed] will be a presentation on
augmented reality systems for architectural construction as developed by
Professor Webster and his students at Columbia, as well as his research
into flexible manufacturing methods for large-scale, architectural
components. A sub-discussion will also be presented on the
commodification of technology and the use - and misuse - of emerging

Speaker: Anthony Webster is Director of Building Technologies and
Director of the Avery Laboratory at Columbia University's Graduate
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  Mr. Webster oversees
the School's Technology curriculum in the M-Arch Program, where he
teaches Structures and Building Systems classes.  In research funded by
the NEA and the NSF, he has developed augmented reality systems to
improve building construction, and chronicled the emergence of America's
domed superstadia.

After receiving his MBA in finance from Columbia in 1999, Mr. Webster
founded West End Resources LLC, a financial consulting firm that serves
design professionals.  Mr. Webster and his partners, including a
Columbia Business School finance professor and a former finance director
at Bell labs, are registered investment advisors and regulated by NYS
Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's office (which keeps them on their

Mr. Webster has served on the editorial boards of the ASCE's Journal of
Architectural Engineering and the Journal of Urban Technology. He is a
co-author of Calatrava: Bridges, (Artemis, 1993 -- with Kenneth
Frampton) and the author of Technological Advance in Japan's Building
Design and Construction Industry (ASCE Press, 1994). Professor Webster's
articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications, including
Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, The Journal of
Architectural Engineering, and the New York Academy of Science Annals.

Please note: This event will begin promptly at 6pm and end at 8:00pm.
This event has been made possible (and kept free) by the generous
support of ABC-Imaging.

Paul Seletsky
Chair, AIA/NY Technology Committee
Director of Technology
Davis Brody Bond LLP