We’re at a surreal moment in history where so many sudden changes are being forced on us and an old world is slipping away. We’re at a junction where we can collapse in the face of extreme challenges or embrace changes to create opportunities and herald a more resilient and sustainable society. Welcome to the global telepresence economy. More
The Game Changers, a groundbreaking documentary filmed over a five-year period, is an entertaining and enlightening look at what it really takes to help the planet, to reverse and prevent disease, and to boost energy, strength, and overall health. More
Cities and communities will be facing greater vulnerabilities and unpredictability from here on out, so they must be more resilient and plan to adapt. That was the underlying message from the February 7, 2019 AIA DC conference, “Designing for Extremes: Building a Resilient City.” Although speakers focused mainly on weather-related events—particularly flooding from storm surge—they did speak to the fact that resilience planning goes beyond climate and sustainability. Read on for key take-aways and resources.
Katrina, Sandy, Maria, and Harvey… Such innocent sounding names for disastrous super storms that destroyed lives and property and revealed a tragic lack of resilience in the very structures that should have been at the front lines of community response and recovery: healthcare facilities. More.
Can a building make you sick? Can a building help you heal or support wellbeing? The answer is “yes” to both. More.
I want my car to be shaded, protected from snow, and possibly charging while I’m at work or at the market. Soon, that will not only be a wish, but a measure of what is acceptable. More…
The future is in Detroit. This may be the only time you ever read that sentence. But it’s true. Detroit is one of many formerly industrial cities whose rise and fall over the last century has left an indelible mark on the ecosystem around it, and which is scarred by social and economic failure. This is a blighted community suffering with industrial pollution on all fronts. We can change this. A bold transformation that spawns a sustainable revitalization of this city could be the model for cities all over the world. More..
How do we know we’re on track with our work? Why does our project deserve an award? Is there evidence to support our design decisions?… On the front end of a project, we have value engineering (VE) services. Also of vital importance is that we build a body of knowledge on the back end of projects through post occupancy evaluation services. Read more…