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Innovation Incubator: Beyond the Drawing Board; by Aaron Knorr
Architecture has the unique ability to connect people to people, and people to places. Creating spaces that people and communities care about and appreciate is a first step in producing a meaningful...
A Vision and Planning Framework for Health Districts
The U.S. healthcare industry is undergoing the transformation of a century. The move away from the fee-for-service payment model and the Affordable Care Act are driving a paradigm shift towards...
Micah Lipscomb and Alexander Stewart
Analysis of Therapeutic Gardens for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Current research on the impacts of landscape architecture on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are surprisingly lacking, considering the believed benefits of the natural environment on...
Sound Masking Systems and their Effectiveness
As we move toward designing more open offices, clients are faced with having to adapt to unfamiliar types of aural environments. Along with the advantages of open offices also comes the issues of...
Helena O’Connor and Khalid Siddiqi
Impact of Lean Principles on Timely Project Completion
Lean ideas have been used in the business world for some time. Lean advocates have been adapting these principles to different industries, including construction. The main principles of lean...
Rebecca Holt and Kathy Wardle
Lessons from Tall Wood Buildings
The growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings requires designers to balance functionality and cost objectives with environmental impact. With a significantly lower carbon footprint...
Research Journal Vol. 06.02
This issue of the Perkins+Will Research Journal includes five articles that focus on different research topics, such as using wood for tall buildings, the impact of lean principles on construction,...
Research Journal Vol. 06.01
This special issue of Perkins+Will Research Journal is dedicated to capturing selected results of the Perkins+Will’s Innovation Incubator program. Innovation Incubator was initiated in 2010 as a...
Labor-Delivery-Recovery Room Design that Facilitates Non-pharmacological Reduction of Labor Pain
Epidural analgesia is the most popular method of controlling pain in labor in the United States today, but it has serious side effects and risks for both mothers and babies. Though most laboring...
The Resource Infinity Loop
Nature has been recycling water within the Earth’s closed ecosystem since the very beginning of time. Humans, although a part of the ecosystem, have misappropriated this precious reserve, severely...
Between Laboratory and Factory
In late 2009, the University of Virginia Foundation consulted with Perkins+Will to help develop a program brief for a different kind of research facility: a hybrid of laboratory and factory that...
Is There a "There" There?
Will online education render the traditional university campus irrelevant? Is there a “there” there when it comes to online education? What makes the flesh and blood, bricks and mortar material realm...
New technologies have increasingly moved to the center of 21st century learning inspiring innovative learning concepts and potentially influencing our conception of educational space. This article...
Patrick Cunningham (Perkins+Will), Paul Zaferiou (Lam Partners) and Kera Lagios (Lam Partners)
A Case Study in Reflective Daylighting
This article focuses on the design of the University Crossing atrium at University of Massachusetts (UMASS) in Lowell, where an innovative way to bring daylight deep into the building’s north facing...
David Cordell, Leah Davies, Jon Penndorf and Haley Russell
Lighting and the Living Lab
"This research focused on the use of lighting control systems in an office environment by studying the role of smart lighting strategies and their effects on the office. By sequentially testing these...