PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment
by PRISM | Mar 5, 2020
When Pittsburgh-born condiment magnate H. J. Heinz died in 1919, he left money in his will specifically for the University of Pittsburgh to erect a building on its grounds to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz.
As a result, Heinz Memorial Chapel was built during the 1930s, an elegant neo-Gothic structure with 23 stained-glass windows. Thirty-six men and 36 women are featured in the transept windows.
by PRISM | Mar 5, 2020
The American Society of Landscape Architects released a video statement celebrating Women’s History Month delivered by ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for ASLA and the entire landscape architecture profession to reflect on how far women have come on the road to equality. But it’s also time to reflect with candor and openness on how far we still have to go.”Read More
by PRISM | Mar 3, 2020
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland, have been selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation. “The collaboration between Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara represents a veritable interconnectedness between equal counterparts,” states Pritzker. “They demonstrate incredible strength in their architecture, show deep relation to the local situation in all regards, establish different responses to each commission while maintaining the honesty of their work, and exceed the requirements of the field through responsibility and community.”Read More
by Maria Ionescu, Senior Healthcare Architect | Mar 27, 2020
What can we learn from Singapore’s response to COVID-19? How does it impact the next generation of hospitals? Maria Ionescu, a healthcare architect at Stantec, worked for several years in Singapore and saw first-hand how that country learned from the SARS epidemic and designed their healthcare spaces to respond to such a crisis.Read More
by Bill Egan | Feb 13, 2020
“Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?” authored by Bill Egan. “NFPA 285 is a fire test method that determines the fire propagation attributes of exterior wall assemblies with combustible materials and components. Apart from some exceptions and conditions set forth in the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 285 testing is triggered when the wall assembly contains certain combustible components and the building is Type I, II, III, or IV construction.”Read More
by Robyn Whitwham | Jan 16, 2020
“When we use design to reignite a sense of belonging for abuse survivors, we can encourage them to feel empowered to find strength in moments of weakness and choose a path forward to recovery. The space should help restore the individual’s sense of identity and their dignity,” explains Robyn Whitwham in her article “Three ways design can ease the transition to safety for survivors of abuse” just published on PRISM.Read More
by PRISM | Feb 12, 2020
HLW’s design concept of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is defined as “Urban Fabric,” paying homage to the campus’ urban context, with a nod to the Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. The concept respected the client’s established branding, while exploring modern design.Read More
by PRISM | Jan 31, 2020
Fox Rothschild teamed with Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) to design a workplace that would accommodate an expanding Chicago office after merging with a local firm — one that would bring all attorneys and staff together in one modern and cohesive space.Read More
by PRISM | Jan 24, 2020
Ismael Leyva Architects announced the completion of Phase 1 of the Mercy College expansion known as MercyManhattan. Construction on the lobby, 3rd & 4th floors including classrooms, student amenities and offices began in March 2019 and is now welcoming students for the spring semester.Read More
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