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 »
Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2014. The report is a Best Practices document under the HHS Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative.
Climate change adaptation means being prepared for a changing climate by taking action today to reduce the potential impacts of climate change to people, buildings, and infrastructure. While the District does its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is already seeing the impacts of climate change due to historic carbon emissions. Climate Ready DC is... Read more »
SFU Urban Studies is dedicated to training urbanists to be critical and strategic thinkers who have the knowledge and expertise to become effective decision makers. The interdisciplinary program operates at the nexus of theory and practice, striking the right balance between academic and professional training. Dr. Meg Holden is leading Ecourbanism Worldwide, a 5-year research project (2014-2019) to investigate model sustainable neighborhoods, and urban infill settings worldwide. Perkins+Will is participating as part of the project’s advisory group, formed to help ground the research in practical application