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Built environments that sustain land, water, air, materials, and energy


  |  Channel: Cities, Process, Resiliency, Sustainability
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Sea level rise, along with higher storm surges resulting from increasing storm intensity and frequency, threaten the sustainability of maritime transportation infrastructure in coastal areas. In Rhode Island, major storms impacting the maritime infrastructure of the state result in economic costs, damages to the environment, and negative consequences on resident’s quality of life. In the... Read more »

By John Haymaker (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Cities, Health, Process, Regeneration, Resiliency, Sustainability, Water

RELi is a comprehensive response to the urgent need for resiliency in Design + Planning. Sustaining a reasonable level of safety and quality in our day to day lives now requires that we collectively respond to the weather extremes, economic disruption + resource depletion that are becoming common place globally, regionally, and locally. Resiliency involves... Read more »

By Doug Pierce (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Energy, Process, Sustainability
PWRJ_Vol0402_05_The Impact of an Operational Process on Space

The practice of green building has caused significant changes in the construction industry, exposing architects to new legal liabilities. The objective of this paper is to investigate, identify and clarify the understanding of architects’ professional liability risks associated with the design and construction of green buildings and how to manage those risks.

By Helena O’Connor (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Education, Sustainability, Technology
Angus Glen Community Centre

The natatorium environment is one of the most challenging environments to design and build in northern cli- mates. This is due to the large swings in levels of humidity and temperature between interior and exterior conditions.

By Philip O’Sullivan (Perkins+Will),
Phil Fenech (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Process, Sustainability, Water

This paper discusses building commissioning, particularly focusing on capturing design intent throughout the project lifecycle. Cost-implications, benefits, and roles of agents are discussed. Tools and applications aimed at facilitating the process are presented.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Process, Sustainability, Technology
Perkin and Will Rush Hospital 8854-217

Designed to meet the living building challenge, The unique design of the Rush University Medical Center Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion is the outcome of sustainable design strategies. This article discusses the challenges in realizing these design goals and lessons learned in the process.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will),
Abul Abdullah (Perkins+Will)
  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Sustainability, Technology
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North House is a prototype of a net-positive energy solar powered residence. It implements a Distributed Responsive System of Skins (DReSS), Central Home Automation Server (CHAS), and an Adaptive Living Interface System (ALIS) to achieve a net-positive energy profile. It is part of a larger interdisciplinary and inter-institutional exploration of responsive envelopes.

By Geoffrey Thün (University of Michigan),
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)