VOL. LIV NO. 1 | JAN 2018
NEWSLETTER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER | CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE
S pecifics
Monthly Meeting: Jan 10th
Manufacturing the Parametric
Wednesday, January 10th, 6-9:00p

Sir Francis Drake Hotel 
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Presenter: Michael Riggin, Design Director at Ceilings Plus and faculty member at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design    

The way that architects design has changed, and with it, so has the way architectural products are manufactured. More importantly, the role architects play in this manufacturing process has shifted and expanded. The confluence of some key movements: parametric design, open-source culture, and mass-customization, has created a new paradigm for manufacturing.

This talk will outline a new paradigm: one of embedded architects within manufacturing. Within the restraints of everyday architecture, it is their command of digital tools and algorithmic design that make the novel, complex, and extraordinary achievable.

Michael Riggin is the Design Director at Ceilings Plus in Los Angeles, CA. He leads the Parametric Art and Technology Integration team, also known as PARTi, an in-house studio that uses computational methods for design-assist services, along with research and development.
President's Message:
Holiday Season
So, I'm sitting at my office the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving. I'm overwhelmed by the number of client deliverables that are past due, the commitments and expectations of the next six weeks (which boils down to twenty working days), the wishes of family and friends for more time together and the 3,982 email messages waiting, opened but unsorted and unfiled, in my Outlook "IN" box. Doesn't even include the informal gatherings, hobby time, outdoor decoration and holiday TV specials I'd like to enjoy!
Then it hits me; I should be VERY thankful to have these "problems". We live in one of the most beautiful, varied, diverse, vibrant and visited areas of the world. We enjoy incredible weather and our opportunities for art, sport, fun and personal enrichment are limitless.
 
Among those many things I'm thankful for is the rich experience of being in CSI. My fellow members, our shared pursuit of improving the built environment, the social activities we engage in, and the confidence that results from adding to my own and others' body of knowledge is a singular privilege.
 
As we go through our daily routines, we all pass by opportunities to add a little bit of relief, hope, help or encouragement to the lives of those less fortunate. If we make one resolution for the new year, let it be to return to the world around us more "light" than "heat", more patience than pressure, more benefit than blame, more compliments than criticism.
 
I hope that you and yours had a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season!
Thank you to everyone who came to the 2017 Holiday Party!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Jan 10: Chapter Meeting, Manufacturing the Parametric
March 14: Pro-Fair 2018
Time for Change?
By Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
When I became a specifier, in 1985, all of the projects I worked on used the "traditional" design-bid-build (DBB) delivery method. And when I started my current job at BWBR in 1996, all we used was DBB. That shouldn't be a surprise because, at the time, there was nothing else, at least in the building construction industry.

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993, coincidentally the same year that USGBC appeared. At the time, DBIA made what seemed to be overly optimistic projections of a future dominated by design-build (DB), with a corresponding decrease in design-bid-build. That prediction is nearing fulfillment, though perhaps at a slower rate than first expected...
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Most are free of charge and carry CEU credits.

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