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The glazing and curtain wall business of Oldcastle Inc., BuildingEnvelope, sponsored “In Pursuit of Architecture,” a fall conference on buildings and ideas at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Co-organized by the MoMA Department of Architecture and Design and Log, an independent journal on architecture and urbanism, the conference offered a series of roundtable discussions about the physical and conceptual challenges of creating architecture. 

It featured the recently built work of 10 ground-breaking architects, selected from an open, international call for submissions: 51N4E (Brussels), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin), C+S architects (Treviso), LAN (Paris), MOS (New York City), Neil M. Denari Architects (Los Angeles), OFFICE Kersten Geers, David Van Severen (Brussels), Preston Scott Cohen (Cambridge), Reiser + Umemoto (New York City) and UNStudio (Amsterdam). The architects were joined by critics Sam Jacob (London), Sylvia Lavin (Los Angeles), Emmanuel Petit (New Haven) and Sarah Whiting (Houston) to discuss architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how to measure the cultural value of architecture.

“This is not a conference about urbanism or alternative practices rather [one] about how ideas become buildings. Providing this forum for architects from around the world to exchange ideas on exceptional architecture is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope CEO Ted Hathaway. “It helps create awareness of how leading architects are striving for excellence in a world with ever-changing sociopolitical, economic and environmental challenges.” —