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  |  Channel: Research Journals

With the increasing number of international students in academic institutions, there is a new emphasis for academic facilities to accommodate this population’s needs. Many international students face cultural, financial, social and academic challenges. It takes time to adjust to a new environment, navigate a new city, and find a home. Loneliness, disorientation and detachment are common. While... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Research Journals

The most common approach for calculating thermal resistance (R-value) of building facades is based on the additive method, where material components of the facade in sectional view, their relative thickness and thermal conductivity are considered. However, in order to account for thermal bridging caused by framing, area-weighted approach should be used to determine more accurate R-value. This... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Research Journals

This article investigates bedroom as a typology that occurs across different building types: student residential life, private dwellings, hospitality and healthcare. The article also explores synergies between design strategies. We questioned whether these synergies could translate into innovative bedroom design ideas in unexpected ways. Research methods included literature review, qualitative and quantitative assessments, and design explorations.... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Design Process, Energy

Energy analysis at the early stage of building design is a critical, yet difficult task in performance-based design. The difficulty arises from the complex, iterative, and uncertain nature of building design and the challenges of integration with well-posed energy assessment tools. The purpose of this article is to first review characteristics of performance-based design and... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

Urban designers, architects, and planners are well versed in understanding how to shape, form, and adapt cities, but is there more to understand in how those cities are shaping their residents? Could lifespans be the best new urban design metric? This report summarizes a high-level urban analysis on the world’s longest-lived communities, commonly known as... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

The human crowd simulator tool is a way for designers to measure, track and formulate understandings behind human crowd patterns and relationships. It maps and generates human movement patterns based on a series of parameters given to the tool via the script. The script parameters run on behavioral movement and science analysis, these parameters have... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Energy, Innovation Incubator

Glare can cause annoyance and discomfort when it becomes the source of vision problem. Although discomfort glare has been studied extensively as an academic topic, evaluating the risk of glare and its mitigation strategies are limited in the architectural design process due to the lack of an established workflow. From building design perspective, architects tend... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Human Experience (Hx), Innovation Incubator

The past 30 years has produced growing documentation of the numerous health benefits of nature. While this has reduced the demand for “proof” of the value of green space in healthcare settings, there remains a critical need for research that focuses on the design elements that can best serve specific patient populations. In the United... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

Before stepping into the virtual world we needed to start in the physical world. This Incubator began by experimenting with different types of models and different methods of photographing these models. We discovered several things which would be usual to know for future photogrammetry work: Less is more – more photos do NOT give you... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator

The healthcare sector in Brazil usually does not use any kind of technology or software to change the experience of the client. During the Use and Occupancy Program discussions, an Excel spreadsheet with all the calculations and metrics or a Word document report are presented. The entire process of defining a hospital program and its... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Material Performance

So often our imagination is captured by the concept of unseen forces behind the workings of the world. Of course, we often think of the living environment when imagining these forces, but the cycle of decomposition is equally as graceful and important. In this case, the unseen hand behind the entire process is the simple... Read more »