Through our pioneering books on evidence-based design and partnerships with organizations like Planetree, our research has informed architectural design to benefit patients, families, and practitioners, as well as healthcare institutions. Our brochure highlights representative projects that are helping our clients enhance healthcare delivery and transform the healing experience.
Academic science Institutions today are experiencing tough competition for funding, faculty and student recruitment. Often, facility upgrades can help leverage success in these areas. Planning for the University of New Mexico's new Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building (PAIS) is underway. Laboratory Design Newsletter recently featured the collaborative effort, as part of the University's focus on the future of science and the recruitment of new faculty.
To assess the impact of the Trinity Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI), EYP conducted surveys of students and faculty before and after construction of the Center.
Integrated Project Delivery is a highly collaborative team-based delivery model built on two important and related concepts – trust, and identity. While trust is the more obvious issue, I would argue that identity is a sleeper and one where many teams who struggle with IPD falter. It is useful to have a discussion at the outset of the project that everyone needs to check their previous identities ‘at the door,’ and adopt a new shared identity where designers think like owners, contractors think like designers, and owners think like subcontractors. It is through this new, shared identity that true collaboration emerges.
Energy Modeling, like sketching, should be used throughout the design process to inform and shape the design. Just like a sketch can allow you to explore some detail without knowing all the other details, an energy model can let you see the impacts of different design choices. This allows promising ideas with strong potential energy savings to be incorporated early, but just as importantly, it allows ideas that have less savings potential to be considered, and abandoned early, letting the team focus on the ideas that will have the greatest cumulative savings, an attractive return on investment, or whatever other goal they are pursuing for the project. The true value of this approach is—when used early during design—we are able to find the optimal combination of strategies in real-time, during design meetings.
The Maker experience represents a profound change in how things are being created today. The formal boundaries and divisions between people of different backgrounds and skills are not only dissolved by the Creative Class, they are informed by the interaction brought about by diversity of ideas, experience, and contribution to advancement. As designers of multidisciplinary research and teaching/learning environments of all kinds and active members of an academic faculty team running an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial maker studio, our experience helps create more idealized and appealing environments that attract, retain, and engage the Creative Class and help those who wish to learn more about this valuable paradigm. The experience of Making offers great hope for making our world a better place through innovation, and the ultimate beneficiaries of these efforts will be all of us, together.
Gone are the days when new construction was held to a higher standard than renovation. Fully modernized buildings are now expected to rival or surpass new construction in energy performance, functionality, and comfort. Meeting this challenge requires the architect and the entire team to go on a journey of exploration within an existing building. They must be part detective, part historian, part diplomat, soothsayers, and master communicators – all closely collaborating with one another to realize the full potential of the building renovation while fully respecting the spirit and intent of the original designers. A modernization project today challenges not only the architect but the entire design team in a way that no other project does.
If we are to advance a sustainable future, buildings must become more proactive organisms than reactive machines. Human comfort increasingly relies on immediate social and technological interactions, raising expectations for responsive building performance. At the same time, the well-documented depletion of natural resources and the environmental impact of making and operating buildings are degrading the natural ecosystem. Day-to-day climate conditions and extreme occurrences are increasingly variable. For architects and engineers, the combination of these phenomena has increased unpredictability, requiring us to respond to ever-expanding performance criteria that are neither constant nor predictable. Building skins that are designed to physically last thirty or fifty years can become obsolete in ten or less as unforeseen needs surpass its capabilities. We need a better practical solution and getting there will require a disruptive innovation. EYP is therefore reimagining the very process of design and how we approach it.
Students today live a 24/7 lifestyle, so residential life and campus dining teams are adapting to improve student services, wellness, and opportunities for community engagement. An increasing number of campuses are integrating food into the residence hall – not only in apartments and suite-style units, but also as focused community spaces that serve residents in a variety of ways. Vibrant social spaces with soft seating, flexible furniture, and a kitchen or food-prep area are popular with good reason: food has always served a cultural function – at the center of social occasions and even unifying regions. In a residence hall, integrating community kitchens and/or a food-service function can highlight the importance that food plays in wellness, education and culture. A kitchen can support residential life programming, enable students to share their culinary heritage, and logistically complement somewhat limited weekend or late-night food service elsewhere on campus. Our recent projects with Trinity College, Duke University, and Pace University integrate food service in varying ways to enhance residential life programs and enrich the student experience.
Renewing Modernism: Notes on the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Principles for Practice
The dialogue that began in the late 1980s concerning how we can best shepherd the legacy of modernism into a durable and sustainable future raises many issues that are fundamentally changing the way in which preservation professionals approach the rehabilitation of a large segment of the built environment. While we may philosophically debate when and how modernism devolves into the polyglot architectural expressions that have proliferated since the 1970s, technically we are dealing with many of the same issues – thin construction, ephemeral materials, naïve detailing and rapidly changing uses that render buildings tailored to a bespoke program now functionally obsolete – that we have been tackling with mid-century structures. Solutions to these problems require a robust, creative approach that fortuitously is bringing more design to preservation and vice versa. One area in particular that has been questionable, if not taboo in the traditional preservation charters, is acknowledging the necessity of intervention that is sufficiently robust to change and improve user perception and ultimately acceptance in order to keep a resource relevant and economically viable.