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 »
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 »
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.
This article discusses a research/teaching collaboration between Perkins+Will and the University of Cincinnati and a unique design studio that was initiated as part of this collaboration.
Todd Snapp (Perkins+Will),
Michael Hodge (Gensler),
Ming Tang (University of Cincinnati)
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.
Phil Fenech (Perkins+Will)
This article explores a theoretical building envelope that generates energy and produces water by drawing water vapor out of the air to deliver new sources of water; it lowers indoor humidity in hot and humid climates.
“Sky garden” is the term given for vertically stacked, three-story tall landscaped interaction hubs, flanked by formal and informal conference spaces.
Tom Mozina (Perkins+Will),
Gail Bothwick (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)
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.
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.
Abul Abdullah (Perkins+Will)
High-performance, energy-efficient buildings require a different design approach than conventional buildings. This article discusses relationships between building performance simulations and design, as well as the role of building performance research in architectural practice.
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.
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)