PowerSkin Conference 2019
Digital Processes in Façade Design and Construction

How can digital tools and methods promote change towards a decarbonization of the built environment and improve wellbeing? Tickets for the Conference are now available.

The preliminary Conference program can be found here (changes may occur).


Neil Thomas             Matthias Sauerbruch
Atelier One                Sauerbruch Hutton
                                    (©Kalle Koponen)

We are happy to announce our 2 keynote-speakers for the upcoming conference in 2019. Neil Thomas and Matthias Sauerbruch are established personalities in the building sector, who created internationally renowned buildings with a mind for integrated facade design.

Addressing the Future of Buildings

The building skin has evolved enormously over the past decades. Energy performance and environmental quality of buildings are significantly determined by the building envelope. The façade has experienced a change in its role as an adaptive climate control system that leverages the synergies between form, material, mechanical and energy systems in an integrated design.

The PowerSkin Conference aims to address the role of building skins to accomplish a carbon neutral building stock. Topics such as building operation, embodied energy, energy generation and storage in context of evelope, energy and environment are considered. In 2017, 200 people gathered and shared more than 30 papers which were presented by architects, engineers and scientists. The throughout positive feedback motivates us to meet again in 2019!

Digital Processes in Façade Design and Construction

The conference showcases presentations about recent scientific research and developments. The main theme about the use of digital tools and methods in façade design and construction serves as a connection for the three sub topics:

Envelope: The building envelope as an interface for the interaction between indoor and outdoor environment. This topic is focused on functionality, technical development and material properties.

Energy: New concepts, accomplished projects, and visions for the interaction between building structure, envelope and energy technologies.

Environment: Façades or elements of façades which aim for the provision of highly comfortable surroundings where environmental control strategies as well as energy generation and/or storage are an integrated part of an active skin.