2013 Was a Conversation on Sustainability

From our Ideas+Buildings Blog

Thought leaders at Perkins+Will have been thinking about sustainability – the way that our decisions today will affect future generations – long before the term was common parlance. While today’s definitions of sustainability vary, covering topics from innovations in renewable energy to new models for breaking the cycle of poverty, rest assured that our designers and researchers continue to keep this multifaceted concept at the top of mind. This year on Ideas+Buildings, we explored material health, recycling, water and energy usage, pro bono design, affordable housing, resilience, and many more sustainable ideas. Read about these topics, and others, by checking out the top five sustainability-themed posts of the year:

Video: It’s Time for Building Products to Become Transparent
by Amber Picket
Interface recently put out a call for short films about the future of sustainability. A group of design professionals in our Dallas office responded with a film that asks: What if there were labels for building products like the Nutrition Facts on food?

Locations Change, Principles Remain
by Rachel Myers
Whether you’re moving into a dorm or out of an office park, those hectic weeks prior can cause priorities to shift from well-meaning sustainable practices to a full-on rush to get out the door. Read on to learn how our Charlotte office stuck with their principles during their recent move.

The Los Angeles River: A Second Chance for Positive Impact
by Leigh Christy and Shawn Godkin
Two recent river-adjacent projects have helped Perkins+Will Los Angeles experience the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the Los Angeles River first hand. But a major question remains: how can all stakeholders be effectively engaged in improving the River?

Farewell, Micro Fridge; Hello, Energy Savings
by David Damon
Integrating operational policy change can lead to a more sustainable project, as the case of a new residence hall in Massachusetts reveals.

Noah’s Ark: A Model for Resilient, Affordable, Waterfront Communities
by Achim Charisius, Jeremiah Deutscher, and Santiago Diaz
This year’s internal design competition centered on the complex landscape of affordable urban housing. Three architectural professionals in our Vancouver office elaborate on the thinking behind their winning submission, Noah’s Ark.

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