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June 28, 2023
Article

As material sourcing and waste concerns intensify, Particle does not merely represent a fad but indicates a necessary shift toward cradle-to-cradle manufacturing and recycling processes.

June 13, 2023
Article

The project is a model of how to create an indelible impression on visitors based on the principles of neuroscience. The formula here is deceptively simple but profound: Minimize visual noise while maximizing novelty.

Tokyo

May 29, 2023
Article

A look at promising developments in battery technology and thermal energy storage

May 17, 2023
Lecture

This Design Optimism event hosted by Metropolis magazine addressed the intersection of disease, climate, and the built environment.

May 15, 2023
Article

New developments may expand the material's versatility in design applications

April 25, 2023
Article

Examining a recent breakthrough in bioplastics that could redefine plastic as a much more environmentally responsible material

April 13, 2023
Article

Centuries of quarrying stone from more than 650 sites have significantly impacted the environment.

March 22, 2023
Article

Exploring how excessive outdoor illumination impacts the health of ecosystems

March 16, 2023
Article

Like global warming, atmospheric air quality is another wicked problem that must be boldly addressed by the AEC industry.

February 28, 2023
Article

It’s remarkable that, amid all the anger and speculation stoked by the catastrophe, few are questioning why hazardous chemicals like vinyl chloride have become common and acceptable substances in human society.

February 10, 2023
Article

Embodied carbon connects to a building’s entire life cycle—including its maintenance and end of life. We must account for the emissions that result from renovation and deconstruction just as we do for manufacture and construction.

January 27, 2023
Article

Canada-based Hydrogen Naturally is converting wood waste to hydrogen fuel, pointing to a fascinating future for the energy and forest products industries.

January 10, 2023
Book

In The Pandemic Effect, 90 leading architects, designers, materials scientists, and health officials reflect on the influence of COVID-19 on buildings and cities—and propose solutions to safeguard the built environment from future pandemics, viruses, and contagious diseases on every scale, from surfaces to society. Safety and sustainability in buildings and cities have taken on new meaning during the COVID -19 pandemic. Buildings became magnifiers of contagion instead of shelters for protection. In this essential resource for both practitioners and students of architecture, interior design, and urban design, 90 of the world’s leading experts investigate a variety of approaches to future-proof architecture and buildings against widespread disease. These inoculation strategies are organized into five chapters: “Histories” offers an overview of past pandemics and prior architectural approaches; “Inside / Outside” addresses the roles of building envelopes and mechanical systems in improving indoor environmental quality; “Interventions” consists of contemporary methods for direct prevention and control; “New Strategies” consists of various architectural analyses and proposals for design changes; and “The Public Realm” considers the urban landscape and related social questions. This broad collection of perspectives explores the transformations underway in the built environment—and offers design strategies to limit the severity of subsequent pandemics.

January 5, 2023
Article

Spotlighting innovations in concrete, solar power, designing with living organisms, and more.

December 23, 2022
Article

Conducted by researchers in New Zealand, a recently published study on airborne microplastic pollution brings heightened alarm.

December 14, 2022
Article

Building codes offer a fundamental baseline of protection in architecture. But a new book by Aleksandra Jaeschke explores how they also show biases that undermine the broader pursuit of systemic environmental performance.

November 22, 2022
Article

Exploring new products and processes aimed at boosting insulation capacity.

November 15, 2022
Article

Many common insulating materials reduce operational carbon, but increase other environmental hazards. Thankfully, scientists and product manufacturers are on the hunt for alternatives.

Lecture: USC
November 10, 2022
Lecture
Lecture: The Future of Design
November 8, 2022
Lecture
November 2, 2022
Article

Looking to centuries-old Indo-Islamic architecture for lessons on how simple, passive strategies can make a big difference in confronting a warming climate.

Lecture: University of Utah
October 28, 2022
Lecture
October 12, 2022
Article

Exploring the influence of user experience design in architecture.

September 26, 2022
Article

Exploring innovations in indoor landscapes, which boost air quality and well-being.

Lecture: AIA Aspire 2022
September 13, 2022
Lecture
September 7, 2022
Article

Illegal timber harvesting has an annual economic impact of $1 billion nationwide. However, the causes, effects, and solutions—like DNA analysis—are far from clearcut.

August 26, 2022
Article

Virus transmission depends on interactions between surfaces and environmental factors, a design concern that invites a closer collaboration between architects, designers, and mechanical engineers to mitigate the spread of disease.

August 11, 2022
Article

A visit to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama reveals a profoundly designed space dedicated to the unjust treatment of Black bodies, from enslavement to mass incarceration.

July 21, 2022
Article

Exploring some of the latest innovations in mineral- and bio-based building products.

July 8, 2022
Article

While the built environment has always played a role in the emergence and spread of illness, with the rising urgency of climate change, designers must now swiftly adapt their practice to safeguard resilience and health as well as prevent zoonotic spillover.