What: Thornton Tomasetti Founding Principal Dr. Charles H. Thornton and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Z. Scarangello will participate in a panel discussion, “50 Years Later: What is the Design Legacy of the 1964 World’s Fair?” Organized by Thornton Tomasetti, the event will bring together many of the original designers and builders of the fair on its golden anniversary, including Dr. Thornton. The discussion will highlight the fair’s innovations and impact on architecture, engineering and construction. Scarangello will moderate the panel. The discussion is AIA accredited, and offers 2 LU hours.
When/Where: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. For more information/register for the free event, visit the event website.
Who: Dr. Charles H. Thornton, P.E., Hon. AIA, Hon. ASCE served as co-chairman of Thornton Tomasetti from its founding to 2004. While still a graduate student, he helped develop the elliptical bicycle wheel tension roof structure featured at the fair’s New York State Pavilion and also worked on the pavilions for Kodak and Travelers Insurance. During his career, he has led the structural design of some of the most important and monumental structures, including two of the world’s tallest: Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.
Thomas Z. Scarangello, P.E., who visited the 1964 World’s Fair as a child, has more than 30 years of experience leading structural engineering projects for a wide variety of building types worldwide, from long-span sports and entertainment arenas and stadiums to high-rise commercial and mixed-use buildings. As chairman and CEO, he has led Thornton Tomasetti to the forefront for project delivery services and engineering technologies for building analysis, design and construction.
Why: The pavilions at the 1964 World’s Fair represent a vigorous burst of creativity in design, engineering and construction. However, the New York AEC community became relatively “un-innovative” for the half century that followed. What was it about the World’s Fair and that time period that cultivated innovation, and what can it teach us about rekindling it and making it “business as usual” in New York today? The panel discussion will tackle these topics with the very people who helped design and build the fair.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
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