Building in harmony with nature allows for the comfort and well-being of inhabitants of a home, building, neighborhood, or even a district. In this research, we studied the ways in which harmony is achieved in nature, and the ways in which it is achieved in existing building science. We propose a novel bridge between active and passive mechanical... Read more »
The demand for non-toxic building products is encouraging manufacturers to replace “worst offender” chemicals with safer alternatives. This presents an opportunity for manufacturers to innovate with greener chemistry. Transparency (ingredient disclosure) in the building industry has been growing, pressuring manufacturers to disclose more about the composition of products than ever before. The public’s alarm about... Read more »
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Antimicrobials A companion piece to P+W’s recently published Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials. Think those doorknobs, countertops, or floor tiles treated with antimicrobial ingredients are going to keep germs at bay and protect your health? You may want to reconsider. A new white paper... Read more »
Antimicrobial building products marketed as "healthy" contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health impacts, and alternative products should be considered whenever possible, according to a new white paper by Perkins+Will and the Healthy Building Network (HBN). The paper exposes the lack of scientific evidence supporting claims that so-called antimicrobial products help ward off communicable diseases. Perkins+Will is placing "Products Marketed as Antimicrobial" on its Precautionary List, urging designers to consider alternatives before specifying them.
Robin Guenther kicks of the Living Product Expo with a compelling talk about the building materials economy and the ease with which it is possible to ignore the cascading negative human and planetary health consequences.
Perkins+Will is built upon the idea of interdisciplinary work informed by research. How can we as designers, researchers, architects, strategists, and planners converge with epidemiologists, biologists, exposure scientists, environmentalists, and toxicologists to uncover opportunities for discovery, research, and ultimately solutions?
As resilience becomes more prominent in design dialogue, how are firms integrating it into practice? In this seminar, panelists from firms of varying sizes will demonstrate how they’ve incorporated resilient design strategies, educated staff, and advocated with clients about issues affecting projects. Speakers: Illya Azaroff Director of Design, +LAB Architect PLLC./NYCCT, Brooklyn, New York Jon... Read more »
Steven Velegrinis will speak in Dubai, UAE about designing to deal with the reality of climate change in the Gulf.
As part of the launch of the Trust for Public Land [TPL] Climate Smart Boston program, Perkins+Will underwrote and Janice Barnes spoke at the event in November 2016. TPL previewed their Climate Smart Cities Toolkit. Panelists included: Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, City of Boston who spoke about the importance of maintaining focus on climate... Read more »