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Convention Sessions to Explore Latest Research in Digital Technology Three special sessions at the Texas Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo will present the latest research in the digital technology developments that are transforming the architecture, building, and construction industries. The sessions are part of TxA Interactive, an initiative launched by the Society this year to bring experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners from around the world to a broader audience of industry professionals. Some of the papers that will be presented at this year’s convention include: “Code in the Clouds: Situated Technologies in Public Art” by Andrew Vrana and Joe Meppelink, both of METALAB and the University of Houston College of Architecture. Vrana is also a founder and co-director of TEX-FAB. “Hacklikes, Weird Interactions Between Things” by Jose Sanchez, assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and director of Plethora-Project. “Reconfiguring Frit: Serendipity in Digital Design Processes” by Danelle Briscoe, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. “Cast Thicket: Innovations Into Lightweight Concrete Fabrication” by Brad Bell, assistant professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture, and also a founder and co-director of TEX-FAB. The Texas Architects Annual Convention will be held in Fort Worth, Nov. 7–9. All TxA Interactive sessions will take place on Friday, Nov. 9; for more information, including the full list of presentations, visit www.texasarchitects.org/ convention.
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