FormForward 2017: Technology for the Built Environment

Fri, Mar 31    8am

The Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) at Columbia University is hosting its first ever FormForward event for GSAPP students, faculty, alumni and the public.

The event illustrates the exciting explorations at GSAPP regarding utilizing technology in the design of architectural form particularly for high-rise development in the rapidly emerging mega-urban areas around the world. The noted architectural firms presenting their technologies will discuss the advantages and challenges of working with these advanced tools. In addition, some of the leading minds in the utilization of technology in designing and delivering the built form will discuss what might be on the horizon!

Presentations and Discussions:

8:00 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM
Welcome by Patrice Derrington, Director, CURE, Columbia GSAPP & Gary Higbee, Ornamental Metal Institute of New York

8:35 AM
Introduction by Josh Panknin, Director of Real Estate Technology Initiatives, CURE, Columbia University

8:40 AM
Comments by James von Klemperer, President, KPF Architects

8:50 AM
Data Analytics for Design and Development by Luc Wilson, Director, KPF Urban Interface

9:10 AM
Prescriptive Data by John J. Gilbert III, EVP & COO, Rudin Management Company

9:30 AM
Envelope by Cindy McLaughlin, CEO, Envelope.City

10:20 AM
MIPIM PropTech by Arnaud Simeray, Director, North & Central America, Reed MIDEM

10:30 AM
Discussion led by Zach Aarons, Founder, MetaProp NYC with: Conclusion by Patrice Derrington, Director, CURE, Columbia University


  • One Vanderbilt in VR on the HTC Vive
  • Data visualization in AR on the Microsoft HoloLens
  • Touch screen 3D design exploration in Cl3ver
  • 360 Renderings of current KPF projects