Come join us in New York City on October 23/24 for this year's symposium and a day of training.
Register before September 23 to receive this year's 81 color channel ALFA-resplendent graphic tee shirt.
The Solemma Symposium (formerly called DIVA DAY) is an annual event on the use of environmental analysis tools in design practice, research and architectural education.
The symposium brings together practicing architects, sustainability consultants and building science educators to share their work and learn from each other. Previous events were hosted by the University of California Berkeley (2017), University of Toronto (2016), Architectural Association (2015), University of Washington (2014), Thornton Tomasetti (2013) and MIT (2012). This year's Solemma Symposium and Training will be a two day event in Cornell University's 26 Broadway location in Lower Manhattan. Day one will consist of presentations and discussions focused on how Solemma's software tools can be used in design and performance-evaluation workflows. Day two is dedicated to training newcomers in the use of Solemma's DIVA and ALFA tools. We are looking forward to seeing you in New York.
Solemma Symposium (Oct 23) This year, we will again dive into the field of circadian lighting design with a session that reviews the underlying science as well as early examples of how our full-spectrum ALFA tool is being used to design healthier daylit environments. The second session will feature (day)lighting case studies ranging from individual spaces to neighborhoods. The third session will be dedicated to methods for teaching environmental performance tools to architects. We will be closing the day with brief introductions to the fields of urban building energy modeling and building integrated agriculture followed by a panel discussion of leading environmental design consultants on whether today's market is ready to embrace these still evolving methods. Confirmed speakers include Thomas Auer (Transsolar), Gabriele von Kardorff (Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH), Nico Kienzl (Atelier Ten), Sean Quinn (HOK), Cameron Thomson (Arup) and Luc Wilson (KPF). The day will go from about 9.00am to 5.00pm followed by a reception and dinner with excellent networking opportunities.
Solemma Training (Oct 24) will be a dynamic, full-day event during which we seamlessly go back and forth between building science fundamentals and hands-on simulation exercises. Participants are required to bring their own laptop with Rhino 5 or 6 plus Grasshopper as well as DIVA 4 and ALFA installed on it. Throughout the day we will be teaching three topic areas: Everyday Daylighting Workflows (DIVA 4), Circadian Lighting Design (ALFA) and Rapid Building Energy Modeling (DIVA 4/Archsim). Participants may be at all levels but some familiarity with Rhinoceros and Grasshopper is recommended. The day is currently scheduled to go from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Lunch will be provided.