Chuck Hoberman and Craig Schwitter, Adaptive Building Initiative
October 28, 2009
Chuck Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming LED screen that served as the primary stage element for U2’s 2009 world tour and the Hoberman Arch in Salt Lake City, installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002). Other noteworthy commissions include a retractable dome for the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany (2000); the Expanding Hypar (1997) at the California Museum of Science and Industry; the Expanding Sphere (1992) at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey; and the Expanding Geodesic Dome (1997) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Hoberman holds a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Cooper Union and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He won the Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1997.
Craig Schwitter is Regional Director of Buro Happold North America and has over 17 years of experience in the engineering design of complex buildings including educational, performing arts, stadia, transportation, and cultural projects. Schwitter founded the first North American office of Buro Happold in 1998. Since then the region has grown to over 200 staff based in multiple office locations including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Toronto. The North American offices offer a full spectrum of engineering services including structural, MEP, and façade, special projects engineering, lighting design, sustainability consulting services, and geo technical services. Schwitter holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a masters of science in civil engineering from MIT.
In this excerpt from their lecture, Hoberman and Schwitter discuss their new joint venture, the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), which is dedicated to designing a new generation of adaptive buildings, and their upcoming projects the Aldar Central Market and the Ciudad de Justicia.