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  |  Channel: Design Process

Design exploration in architectural space planning is often constrained by tight deadlines and a need to apply necessary expertise at the right time. We hypothesize that a system that can computationally generate vast numbers of design options, respect project constraints, and analyze for client goals, can assist the design team and client to make better... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Archive, Innovation Incubator, Mobility, Resilience

The “LA REDCAR SF” project was realized as a colloquium as part of the San Francisco Chapter of the AIA “Architecture and The City Festival 2010” which rook place September, 2010, under the theme of “Investigating Urban Metabolisms.” The colloquium, entitled “Rethinking Urban Transportation: New Strategies for Mobility,” was the first of its kind where a moderated discussion with... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Design Process, Energy, Innovation Incubator

Goals  rHDS (Reactive Hygroscopic Design Simulation) is an experimental and theoretical design and simulation digital apparatus for the design of rough building massing form in context with climatic variables such as wind direction and speed, and water vapor from real world climate data. The system will develop a reactive environment for conceptual design and massing of building form for... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Design Process, Energy, Innovation Incubator

Goals Net Zero Site Energy Design and Incentives (NZSEDI) is a design performance modeling process for achieving net zero site energy projects using photovoltaic and solar thermal water heating systems with financial incentives. The system serves to inspire interest in early net-zero building design for architects. NZSEDI will collect data for renewables in the United States for federal... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Workplace

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is a current client of the Boston office of Perkins+Will. In collaboration with the Chicago office we designed a new replacement facility scheduled which opened December 2012. Our firm is committed to helping clients find ways to be innovative and forward thinking, better positioning them for the future while maintaining focus on sustainable and Best Practice design... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Workplace

According to an R&D Magazine study forecasting research trends for 2014, collaborative research partnerships with academia today are among the most common form of partnerships in the world. This trend is expected to continue to increase over the coming years as federal funding remains in question and universities and industry partners continue to see the... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Innovation Incubator, Resilience

Earth’s atmosphere reached a significant threshold of 400 ppm atmospheric carbon last year, swiftly moving upward, away from the historically more environmentally stable 350 ppm that many scientists believe is sustainable. Perkins+Will is working to address these issues nationally as a participant in the AIA 2030 Commitment and, locally here in Seattle, as member of the Seattle 2030... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Research Journals

Built upon theories of the built environment’s effect on public health outcome and addressing the importance of cultural sensitivity in urban design and planning, this article gives an introductory account of the urban context of contemporary Chinese cities in relationship to it current public health issues. It also reviews the recent healthcare reform in China... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Energy, Research Journals

09Existing buildings tend to undergo performance degradations, change in use, and unexpected faults or malfunctions over time. These events often result in significant deterioration of the overall system performance, inefficient operation and unacceptable thermal comfort conditions. However, a building does not have to be new to be efficient. Today’s leading building owners are retrofitting buildings,... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Material Performance, Research Journals

Tall wood buildings are becoming increasingly prevalent around the world, and yet, they are conspicuously missing from the U.S. skyline. Antiquated building code restrictions have put the United States behind its Canadian and European counterparts, preventing the U.S. from even considering the use of wood as the primary structure in a tall building. Recent initiatives... Read more »

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  |  Channel: Research Journals, Resilience

The goal of this research project was to evaluate the relationship between resilient design strategies and their impact on the mental health of building occupants during a crisis event. We hypothesized that certain resilient design strategies were better suited to mitigate the negative effects on mental health, and, through analysis of this potential, be ranked... Read more »