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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 17, 2017

Mass Timber: A Primer and Top 5

Wood is gaining momentum as a modern construction material. Instead of limiting wood to low-rise, light frame application, we can now reimagine wood as an advanced structural system that produces communities with greater speed, efficiency and resilience. But what is mass timber and what unique advantages does it afford? We share our top five things you need to know. Read More +

Nov 09, 2017

When (Still) in Drought

One year ago, in response to California’s historic drought, Perkins+Will took action. Tearing out half of the lawn in front of our San Francisco studio, we launched an experiment in drought-tolerant plantings. What we've learned can help inform the landscape of other drought-prone regions. Read More +

Oct 04, 2017

Designing for Cultural Resilience

Resilience isn't just about preparing our communities for the effects of climate change and natural disasters. To create truly resilient communities, we must be attuned to the cultural nuances that distringuish and strengthen the places we inhabit. Read More +

Jul 25, 2017

Why Don’t More Chicagoans Bike To Work?

Chicago is the United States' third most populous city, yet it ranks 13th in terms of people who bike to work. How can we encourage more people to adopt this healthy, environmentally sensitive mode of transportation? Read More +

Apr 21, 2017

When in Drought: A Front Lawn Experiment

Live your values and tear up your front lawn. For one landscape architect, these two ideas came together in an experiment seeking to understand how drought-tolerant plantings can help cut down on water that would otherwise be wasted on keeping traditional sod verdant. Read More +

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 +