February 21, 2018

Giordano and Kipfer Join AIA Brooklyn Discussion on Emerging Technology

AIA Brooklyn recently explored how emerging technology, like virtual reality, 3D printing and other new advancements, has impacted the practice of architecture. Mancini’s Christian Giordano, President, and Michael Kipfer, Director of Research and Development joined panelists from DesignMorphine to discuss how Emerging Design Methodologies will affect architectural practices in the immediate future.

Christian and Kip offered real-world scenarios which Mancini has already incorporated these technologies into their everyday practice. The chief aim of the practice is not only to invent and discover, but ultimately to build and produce real product solutions.

The case studies presented represent emerging technology enhancing the workflow between clients and the design teams. Christian and Kip showed how virtual reality helped Mancini clients from Boqueria, a trendy eatery with multiple locations in New York City, discover and remedy the inconsistencies in the design of their kitchen and the guest experience at a new location.

Another study showed how 3D printing offered a time and money-saving solution for Chaminade High School’s new Dolan Family Science, Research, and Technology Center Donor Wall honoring the generous gifts of hundreds of families. At the school, Mancini set up a Microfactory of 3D printers that printed over 20,000 characters in 3 weeks that snapped into place using a custom meta-font and projection mapping as guideposts for students and donors alike to assemble the pieces. What was originally estimated to be a very expensive project was built for a fraction of the price due to Mancini’s technology capabilities.

Mancini’s presentation was concluded with a summary to AIA Brooklyn members that these emerging technologies are happening and already expanding the product offerings of the firm.