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Greenbuild Reception with Microsol Resources
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST
Autodesk BUILD Space, Boston, MA

You are invited to an exclusive reception the evening before Greenbuild with Microsol Resources at the Autodesk BUILD Space which is walking distance from the Boston Convention Center. Join your architects, designers and makers colleagues from Open Architecture Collaborative & MakeTANK. The reception will include drinks, hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to connect with design leaders involved in redefining sustainable design to build a positive future.

Building on Design: Sustainability in Two Acts
Hear about the design evolution of two sustainably-focused pavilion designs that will be exhibited on the floor of Greenbuild/ABX. What links these two projects are that they both exhibit sustainably-inspired ideas and are related through a novel design/build collaborative process utilizing digital tools, human ingenuity, and physical model prototyping. They represent the design thinking and hard work of two BSA Committees, the Open Architecture Collaborative and MakeTANK.

Designing for communities in need locally and in the developing world

The Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) will feature their exhibit based and inspired by the Warka Tower concept. It’s a unique 18’ diameter x 19’ high bamboo structure. Warka Tower is a vertical structure designed to collect and harvest potable water from the air, providing an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges accessing drinkable water. The inside of the structure will be used for workshops and presentations of the work of the OAC, particularly the work of the Boston Chapter.

Joining us will be Michael Kyes, the Design Team Leader of SMMA. He will also share OAC projects of the Boston chapter which are a part of a global network providing free architectural, design and planning services to communities in need locally and throughout the world; including how OAC is contributing to the recovery effort in Texas and Louisiana after the devastating floods of tropical storm Harvey. They will share how they are designed using volunteer design teams, and discuss the challenges and rewards of providing free services to communities in need in different parts of the world.

Explore the future of design and making, and discuss emerging fabrication techniques

The mission of MakeTANK is to create a collaborative environment to research and experiment with ideas in physical form; improving design quality, delivery, and material understanding. This year’s MakeTANK installation explores the concepts of material behaviors, flexibility, and Zero-Waste. 

 The result of the MakeTANK research is a series of elements/objects created after applying compression over a laminated sheet of felt,  a simple, efficient construction method. The MakeTank exhibit invites the Greenbuild/ABX visitors to interact directly with the objects creating an elegant and playful environment.

Joining us will be Brad Prestbo, Director of Sasaki's Technical Resources Group and Co-Founder of Boston Society of Architects’ MakeTANK Committee will be joining us to explore the future of design and making, and discuss emerging fabrication techniques.


Meet our presenters:

Michael Kyes | SMMA

Michael joined SMMA in July 2015, drawn to the firm’s collaborative team culture and enthused about the opportunity to work with others to advance design excellence, enhance the firm’s research, and promote lean project delivery. Michael works across multiple disciplines to discover integrated design ideas, cooperative project opportunities, and team workflow improvements. He support the firm’s commitment to applying appropriate technologies to project tasks, such as existing conditions documentation, spatial design and data visualization, and building information modeling (BIM). Michael applies his extensive experience on a wide range of client project types. 


Brad Prestbo | SASAKI

Brad is an architect with over twenty years of experience.  A problem-solver with great technical skill, he is Sasaki's Director of Technical Resources, and shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of firm to promote better practices in architecture.  Brad co-founded the Boston Society of Architect's MakeTANK Committee and frequently participates as a design critic at area colleges and universities, and lectures on detailing and bringing maker culture back into the design process.  

AIA Continuing Education


Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 2 AIA LU/HSW and PDH for this seminar.


November 07, 2017 06:30 PM EST - 08:30 PM EST
Autodesk BUILD Space | Quarry
23 Drydock Ave
BostonMA 02210 
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This is a free event but you must register in order to participate.

Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 2 AIA LU/HSW and PDH for this seminar.