SmartGeometry 2012 Conference

Towards the end of last month, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s SmartGeometry conference, which was held at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. The conference is typically focused on innovative architectural and structural design tools, technologies, and methods, and the theme of the conference this year was “Material Intensities.” This article provides an overview of the conference and compares it with the 2009 SmartGeometry conference that I last attended, to see the direction in which the conference is heading as well as analyze the relationship between academia and the industry.