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BUILDing Forward



Image courtesy AutoDesk.

BUILDing Forward, an exhibition sponsored by the Autodesk BUILD Space, explores the innovation around ‘making’ in the building and infrastructure industries—both material fabrication and larger construction.

The exhibition demonstrates the future of making and the radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. BUILDing Forward introduces this future as an opportunity to craft a new collective understanding of what's possible in our built environment: how people design, make, and work together.

Through a series of artifacts from prototypes of timber towers to studies on the form and function of glass created in the Autodesk BUILD Space, as well as programs and events, BUILDing Forward addresses three key themes: the shift experienced by the design industry, the blurring line between architect and builder, and how technology is helping designers to create buildings and infrastructure that are socially and physically connected, sustainable, resilient, and beautiful.

Exhibition visitors are encouraged to examine the future of building via exhibition artifacts and project examples from Autodesk’s BUILD Space. Interactive workshops featuring simple robotics offer visitors the opportunity to experience new fabrication methods and design options.

Additional programs include networking receptions, talks from industry innovators, and opportunities to learn first-hand the processes that shape our design decisions.

Don't miss the opening reception at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for BUILDing Forward. This special event is an opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Exhibit pieces include:

Marnfah Kanjanavanit, Anthony Nitche, Dyani Robarge, Rachel Sung, Jeremy Ficca
Carnegie Mellon University—School of Architecture

Design By Making: Nail Laminated Timber Panel
Jeremy Luebker, Yehia Madkour, Andrew Tsay Jacobs

Emerson College Little Building
Thomas C. Carrier, Edward Schelleng, Kate Ford, Jenna Carolan, Nick Nigro
Elkus Manfredi Architects and Suffolk

Digital—Glass Fabrication
Lucy Yip, Stefanie Pender
Autodesk BUILD Space

WinterLight Pavilion for The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Autodesk BUILDspace, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Studio NYL Structural Engineers, Tocci Construction and PennState University

Lumii Display
Tom Baran, Matt Hirsch, Daniel Lethinger, Ryan Marten, Olivia Mitchell

Digital Steel: Complex Stud Geometries
Autodesk BUILD Space, Howick, Ltd.

MetaComb Material
Seva Tsodokov

Rapid Steel Studies
Scott Mitchell, Nate Peters
Autodesk BUILD Space

About Autodesk BUILD Space
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.

The Autodesk BUILD Space (BUILD for Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design) is a unique research and development workshop and innovation studio that provides a venue for professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry—from startups to industry leaders and academics—to experiment in a shared collaborative space. Its goal is to work with innovators in the building industry to create a shared vision for the future of building. For more details, visit

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The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) reaches its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. That’s 150 years of design professionals working together to build often inventive and creative buildings for this city and for the people who live in it. It’s really quite amazing—150 years of progress, innovation, standard-setting, collaboration, and community building.

Other initiatives marking the 150th anniversary may include: an exhibition timeline at BSA Space focusing on the BSA's achievements over the last 150 years, weekly essays from a leader or ally of the organization, and plaques to be mounted on design award winning buildings.

Header image: BUILD Space. Photo credit: Autodesk.