Posts Tagged "Energy efficiency/Renewables"

Views on resilient design by some leading architects

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

There’s a nice discussion about resilient design in Metal Architecture magazine that was just posted. It features Robin Guenther, FAIA of Perkins + Will; Greg Mella, FAIA of SmithGroup; Robin Minnery, the new staff leader on resilience issues at the American Institute of Architects; Jeffrey Dugan, AIA of Dattner Architects; and myself. Along with providing useful overviews of resilient design and how it differs by location and  building type, we even get into how metal affects the resilience of a building—it is a magazine on metal buildings, after all! (I noted that metal is...

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Adapting to Climate Change: Does Nature Need a Helping Hand?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015

On our farm I want to do the right thing for the land, and I think that includes not only working to get rid of invasive species but also introducing some more southern species that are not yet common in this area.

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How to Make a Hospital Resilient: A Tour of Spaulding Rehab

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015

Spaulding Rehab hospital in Charlestown, MA is designed and built to provide for sheltering in place. A key part of this strategy is the inclusion of screened, operable windows in patient rooms, lounges, offices, and other spaces.

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The Most Resilient House in North America

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015

When his house burned down in 2012, Alain Hamel he set out to build a home that would keep his family safe no matter what nature threw at it.

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Searching for Optimism in an Age of Climate Change

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

What inspired me to launch an organization to promote these and other aspects of resilient design, was the recognition that the safety aspects of these strategies might be a stronger motivation to get mainstream America on-board in achieving more sustainable, lower-carbon buildings and communities than simply “doing the right thing.”

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