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Liane Hancock (Louisiana Tech University)
Apples to Oranges: Comparing Building Materials Data
Why does no digital platform attempt to present all performance and sustainability characteristics for building materials in a way that side by side comparison is possible? Is the breadth of data too...
Pravin Bhiwapurkar (University of Cincinnati)
Urban Microclimates and Energy Efficient Buildings
The challenges of a warm climate on urban buildings’ energy needs for space conditioning are discussed by assessing the impact of intra-urban microclimatic changes, also called urban heat islands (...
Ming Tang (University of Cincinnati)
Urban Modeling with Agent-Based System
This article describes research on using local interactions to generate intricate global patterns and emergent urban forms. An agent-based system (ABS) is used to optimize an urban network and...
Christopher Boon (Portland State University), Corey Griffin (Portland State University), Nicholas Papaefthimiou (ZGF Architects LLP), Jonah Ross (ZGF Architects LLP) and Kip Storey (ZGF Architects LLP)
Optimizing Spatial Adjacencies using Evolutionary Parametric Tools: Using Grasshopper and Galapagos to Analyze, Visualize, and Improve Complex Architectural Programming
This article documents the use of Grasshopper and Galapagos (Rhino plugins) as analytical tools to graphically represent and optimize the adjacency requirements in programmatic spaces. The resulting...
Michael Gibson (Kansas State University)
Designed for Performance: Research Methods in a Collaborative Studio Rethinking Modern Curtain Walls
The growing demand for high-performance buildings has pushed the architectural discipline to confront building performance as an integral part of design delivery, while increasing the necessity of...
Research Journal Vol. 07.02
This special issue of Perkins+Will Research Journal is dedicated to the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 Conference, with the theme “Future of Architectural Research”. The...
Shrinking Wetlands, Sinking Cities
As the Earth’s climate changes and sea waters rise, the world’s many coastal cities must get creative to stay afloat. Levees, floodwalls, and other man-made infrastructure are enormous cost burdens...
Simulation Modeling as a Lean Tool for Healthcare Design
This article outlines the use of operational planning and simulation modeling as a lean tool within Perkins+Will, to determine the room utilization and staffing for a large trauma center, based on...
Israel Nagore Setien
Developments in Residential Open Building
The focus of this article is the open building concept in multi-family residential architecture. The article analyzes and examines two specific projects: the Solid Oud West in Amsterdam (2010) and...
Increasing occurrences of natural disasters and effects of climate change are creating more pressure to design resilient buildings that can withstand and adapt to changing risks, while being...
Research Journal Vol. 07.01
This issue of Perkins+Will Research Journal includes four articles that focus on different research topics, such as open building design concept for residential building typologies, framework for...
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...