‘Cargotecture’ with Frank Del Toro
Wednesday, November 9
Not your parents’ shipping container anymore, creative adaptations for intermodal shipping containers have established them as a modern architectural element: “cargotecture.” The strength, availability and relatively low expense—as well as the rise of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and GreenBuilding eco-friendly construction standards, makes container use increasingly desirable for building. Architect and Urban Planner Frank Del Toro will speak about the advantages and disadvantages of container architecture through exploration of various projects from the first container home to be approved under the Uniform Building Code to the financing and development of the place-making Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was principal planner.
Frank Del Toro is Development Officer for Novus Equities. With over 20 years of experience in architecture, planning and development, he has overseen the construction of over 2,000 residential units, and 5 million square feet of commercial space, across the country. He has held director and development management posts at The Related Group, Laurel Oak Properties, and NV Energy, before starting his own private practice. Mr. Del Toro began his career in 1994 as a City Planner for Miami Beach, after earning a BS in Architecture in Urban Design and a Master’s in Urban Planning in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.