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  |  Channel: Design Process

The construction of zero energy buildings has been an impactful response to global warming and energy crises. Despite numerous approaches to model net-zero-energy buildings, it is still a challenge for building designers to evaluate the possibility of achieving this goal during the architectural design phases. This article, therefore, aims to offer a systematic framework for... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Research Journals

Tasked by our client to identify a local wood cladding product that met their institutional and budget goals, we researched several products for a new natural history museum in Minnesota. Ultimately, the Minneapolis Perkins&Will team designed and specified an environmentally responsible building façade assembly that aligns with the client’s budget, values, and aspirations – while... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Human Experience (Hx), Research Journals

Given the ongoing climate of fear surrounding gun violence in K-12 schools, safety and security for school facilities have come to the forefront as a top priority for architects and designers. Unfortunately, very little scientific research exists to recommend design approaches that measurably impact school violence rates. This article seeks to provide a brief overview... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Research Journals, Workplace

Do wellness certifications make the differences that they claim? Implementing design strategies that only focus on a singular certification, or without factoring sustainability metrics inclusive of occupant wellbeing and comfort, can result in suboptimal and regressive design qualities, and compromise several decades of diligent, high-performing work. Meanwhile, combining multiple rating systems can yield to wholistic... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Research Journals

We currently face a third wave of a COVID-19 Pandemic that threatens to incur more devastating losses than the previous two. The need for an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that is planned for response to an infectious pandemic surge in a manner that is financially and operationally practical to implement is urgent at present. The... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Energy, Innovation Incubator, Resilience

In response to the current climate crisis, we must establish widespread familiarity with carbon and its cumulative impacts, elevate our critique of sustainable design, and embrace our part in balancing the carbon budget. We set out to understand a project’s global warming potential by looking at inflows and outflows of carbon, and identified key contributors... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

We now live in an era of Quantum Supremacy. This is a primer to guide an Architect through the cutting edge of Quantum Computing. Architecture is extremely complex with a vast number of design and performance criteria that are highly entangled, thus creating computationally intense analytical models that classical computers struggle to overcome. Quantum computers... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Design Process, Innovation Incubator

In our endeavour to build equitable, inclusive and resilient communities, collaboration and collective ownership of design is key. Phygital-UP is a co-design environment that supports equitable, inclusive, effective, and dynamic stakeholder engagement in both physical and virtual environments. Phygital-UP offers both the design team and the stakeholders the ability to work together in a synergistic... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

Greywater for use on single family residential yards in Los Angeles County is a great untapped local and sustainable water resource. If implemented more widely with the use of strategic incentives and marketing, residential greywater could yield a higher quality and quantity of shade and fruit trees for homeowners across a wide range of neighborhoods... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Energy, Innovation Incubator

The project is an energy & carbon‐oriented study focusing on human behavior change due to short‐term COVID‐19 epidemic and potential adoption of remote work (telework) policies in the future. By using dynamic percentage of working‐from‐home ratio, a workflow is developed in order to predict the impacts of behavior change on both energy and carbon patterns... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

This report outlines an Infectious Pandemic Surge Space and Functional Program for the ICU to address the great need for Critical Care Pandemic Preparedness witnessed every day during the COVID-19 surge in New York City. The journey documented in these pages wound through countless conversations with front-line workers, designers, strategists, and various experts. It included many... Read more »