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We actively prioritize environmental, economical, and societal sustainability in all our work and support the design industry’s efforts to do the same. Every project is an opportunity to pioneer regenerative technologies, foster systems of healing, and invest in the fabric of a community. By sharing our research and resources, we are leading a dialog on how to positively transform the planet. We invite you to join the discussion.

Nov 01, 2016

Material Performance in the Service of Sustainability: Minafold Pavilion

Too often in the design profession, sustainability is treated like a check-list one must to go through in order to satisfy a certain quota to ‘green-wash’ a project, resulting in dull sustainability ‘solutions’ and even duller buildings and forms. But what if we could re-evaluate the way we apply technology to traditional materials, discover ways to maximize performance to achieve minimal waste and design a new construction methodology along the way? Read More +

Jun 09, 2016

Aftershock: How Design Mitigates Environmental Stressors

The relationship between environmental risk factors, stress, and interior design may be closer than you think. How can designers play a lead role in helping building occupants feel both safer and calmer in the face of more frequently occurring climate events? Read More +

May 02, 2016

Academic Investments with the Climate Change Generation

Colleges and universities need to begin planning for resilience. From saving lives to protecting long-term research, institutions should lead by example for the generation that will feel the effects of climate change in nearly every aspect of their lives. Read More +

Mar 30, 2016

The Sustainability Culture Shift: Eight Steps for Success

Developing and integrating sustainability practices into an organization can be a challenging task. As companies scramble to satisfy Ontario's newly introduced comprehensive cap and trade legislation, they can benefit by following some proven steps that ensure adoption and implementation across-the-board. Read More +

Feb 09, 2016

Video: Resilient Design

With climate change, the increased occurrence of extreme natural events like floods, storms, and wildfires, greater numbers of people and larger amounts of property are becoming more vulnerable to risk. As a result, the demand for resiliency strategies is on the rise. Read More +

Nov 23, 2015

Artful Brownfields: Transparency through Creativity

Depending on the scale of the problem, the process of turning a brownfield into a resource doesn't need to involve years-long decontamination. With additional health and community benefits, phytoremediation seems to make a lot more sense to a lot more people. Read More +