Tech Perspectives Conference

Mr. Wilson introduced the structure and research agenda of the newly launched KPF Urban Interface, specifically focusing on how data-driven spatial analytical tools are revolutionizing building design and city planning. Also in attendance at Tech Perspectives were representatives from WeWork, Turner Construction, and Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio, which in particular presented Design Explorer, an open source web interface for exploring multi-dimensional design spaces.

KPFui creates tools that leverage the ubiquity of spatial urban data (e.g. geo-temporal tweets, taxicab hailing points, etc.) to performatively evaluate architecture from buildings to master plans. These tools have been applied to over 200 projects globally as a part of the workflow at Kohn Pederson Fox. Most notably, they have optimized the design and zoning influence of One Vanderbilt in New York City and Earls Court in London. KPFui is expanding the scalability of these tools through the development of the software in conjunction with NYU’s Visualization and Data Analytics (ViDA) lab. Additionally, KPFui is collaborating with Columbia University’s Center for Urban Real Estate and the New York City Department of City Planning.

Presentation slides can be viewed here.

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