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Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will

09:00 - 16 July, 2017
Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will, © Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer

© Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sigma Dr, Clemson, South Carolina, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Manuel Cadrecha, Jim Merriman, David Rogers, David Wales
  • Area

    77000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cherry Hospital / Perkins+Will

15:00 - 22 June, 2017
Cherry Hospital / Perkins+Will, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Carolina, United States
  • Area

    403000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The World's 20 Largest Architecture Firms

16:45 - 8 May, 2017
The World's 20 Largest Architecture Firms

Earlier this year, BDOnline released the 2017 edition of the WA 100, their annual survey of the world's largest practices. Ranking the firms by the number of architects they employ, the full report also investigates these firms' financial records and industry trends. The top spots show only slight changes from last year's rankings, with Japan's Nikken Sekkei taking second place from AECOM being perhaps the most notable change. However, the big story behind this year's WA 100 is the rapid growth of #1 firm Gensler, with the firm increasing their lead from last year. The firm now employs almost 800 more architects than any other firm in the world.

"Gensler’s total domination of the rankings continues as it achieves the seemingly impossible task of growing still more after last year’s huge leap in size," says BDOnline, noting that the company's total of 2,570 employed architects represents an increase of almost 1,000 in under 2 years. Gensler's co-chief executive Diane Hoskins explains this growth as the result of expanding overseas while continuing to expand in the US. "It’s not an either/or," she explained to BDOnline.

Read on to see the top 20, or go see the full list of 100 top practices at BDOnline here (for subscribers only).

#donotsettle Gives a Critical Tour of Perkins+Will’s Shanghai Natural History Museum

09:30 - 7 May, 2017

In #donotsettle’s latest escapade, architect Kris Provoost scrutinizes Perkins+Will’s Shanghai Natural History Museum. The boyishly charming and ever-inquisitive vlogger presents a unique POV tour of the unusual building situated in the middle of the Jing'an Sculpture Park.

Over a soundtrack of slick house music, Provoost offers up tidbits that cannot be gleaned from a photo. As he approaches the structure, he points out topographical aspects, the relationship of the structure to its context, and various construction details. The rapid-fire architectural observations are often punctuated by brief cross-sectional sketches that augment the experiential commentary.

© James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp +5

3 Top Architects Selected to Design Community-Oriented Housing Library Developments in Chicago

12:20 - 24 March, 2017
3 Top Architects Selected to Design Community-Oriented Housing Library Developments in Chicago, Initial renderings for the Roosevelt Branch, designed by SOM. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority
Initial renderings for the Roosevelt Branch, designed by SOM. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority have announced the selection of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Perkins + Will and John Ronan Architects to lead in the design of three new “co-located” affordable housing and library developments in the Chicago neighborhoods of Little Italy, West Ridge, and Irving Park.

Selected from a shortlist of nine firms, the three Chicago-based teams were chosen for their “innovative ideas that will ensure that each community will have a design that best reflects its needs.” The practices will work intimately with their respective communities to develop their designs.

Initial renderings for the Roosevelt Branch, designed by SOM. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority The Northtown Branch at Western and Pratt avenues in West Ridge will be designed by Perkins + Will. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority The design of the Independence Branch at 4022 N. Elston in Irving Park will be lead be John Ronan Architects. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority SOM will design the Roosevelt Branch at Taylor and Ada streets on the Near West Side (Little Italy). Image Courtesy of The Chicago Housing Authority +4

4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars

09:30 - 17 March, 2017
4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars, Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants
Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants

Go to any medieval European city and you will see what streets looked like before the advent of the car: lovely, small narrow lanes, intimate, and undisputedly human-scale. We have very few cities in the US where you can find streets like this. For the most part what you see is streets that have been designed with the car in mind—at a large scale for a fast speed. In my native San Francisco, we are making the streets safer for walking and biking by widening sidewalks, turning car lanes into bike lanes, and slowing down the cars. We are working with the streets we have; a typical San Francisco street is anywhere from 60 to 80 feet (18 to 24 meters) wide, as compared with a medieval, pre-car street which is more like 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) wide.

As an urban designer, I work on lots of projects where we take large parcels of land and subdivide them into blocks by introducing new streets. These new streets are a rare opportunity to take a fresh look at the kinds of car-oriented roads that we are used to, and instead try to design streets that prioritize the safety and comfort of pedestrians. These projects give us a chance to design streets that are just for people. Imagine that we made these people-only streets into narrow, medieval-style lanes that are intimate and human-scaled. But even as we try to design streets that might not ever see a single car, we find that the modern street design has become so much more than just places for walking or driving. There are therefore a number of things for socially-minded designers to consider, beyond the commonly talked about pedestrian-car dichotomy.

Marine Gateway / Perkins+Will

18:00 - 10 March, 2017
Marine Gateway / Perkins+Will, © Andrew Latreille
© Andrew Latreille

© Ed White © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille +17

Perkins+Will White Paper: Why Antimicrobial Products Should Be Avoided

15:00 - 4 March, 2017
Perkins+Will White Paper: Why Antimicrobial Products Should Be Avoided, "Brass Door Handle". Image © Lisa Williams is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Brass Door Handle". Image © Lisa Williams is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Perkins+Will and the Healthy Building Network (HBN) have released their latest material health and performance white paper, Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials.

According to the paper, antimicrobial building products “marketed as healthy or beneficial to human health contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health impacts, and alternative products should be considered whenever possible.” Citing a lack of evidence that antimicrobial products prevent the spread of communicable diseases, the report highlights potential impacts like “super bugs,” contamination of aquatic ecosystems, and carcinogens.

Ten top highlights from the paper, concerning antimicrobial products, are:

Jardim Europa Apartment / Perkins+Will

11:00 - 30 January, 2017
Jardim Europa Apartment / Perkins+Will, © Daniel Ducci
© Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Evergreen Line Stations / Perkins+Will

13:00 - 24 January, 2017
Evergreen Line Stations / Perkins+Will, © Andrew Latreille
© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille          © Andrew Latreille          © Andrew Latreille          © Andrew Latreille          +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Ryan Bragg
  • Design Concept

    VIA Architecture
  • Design Team

    A. Boivin, L. Briney, J. Doble, J. Ho, A. Knorr, D. Lawson, S. Schou, E. Wolpin
  • Area

    1530.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

NorthEdge / Perkins+Will

13:00 - 10 December, 2016
NorthEdge / Perkins+Will, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Kay Kornovich, Erik Mott, Gavin Smith, Ed Palushock, Nathan Williams
  • Area

    210.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Sir Sandford Fleming College - Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre / Perkins + Will

11:00 - 1 December, 2016
Sir Sandford Fleming College - Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre / Perkins + Will, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Scott Norsworthy © Tom Arban © Scott Norsworthy © Tom Arban +21

  • Architects

    Perkins + Will Toronto Office
  • Location

    Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Jan-Willem Gritters (lead architect), Duff Balmer (design principal)
  • Area

    87000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

These Are the World's Most Innovative Architecture Firms

09:30 - 27 October, 2016
These Are the World's Most Innovative Architecture Firms

This article was originally published by Archipreneur as "5 of the Most Innovative Architecture Firms."

The AEC industry is notoriously slow to adopt new technologies. Cumbersome organizational structures and high financial stakes make it difficult for AEC professionals to experiment. Due to the limited role of architects in the project development process, innovative design solutions and experimentation with new manufacturing techniques are still confined to academic circles and research institutions.

However, some architecture firms are utilizing their high profiles, international success and the influx of talented, young designers to establish in-house research divisions and incubators that support the development of new ideas in the AEC industry. The following five companies are consistent in pushing the envelope and helping architecture adopt some of the latest technologies:

2016 LEAF Awards Announced

12:20 - 26 October, 2016
2016 LEAF Awards Announced, Courtesy of LEAF International
Courtesy of LEAF International

The winners of the 2016 LEAF Awards have been announced. Founded in 2001, the awards ceremony honors innovative architecture projects in 14 different categories dedicated to various aspects of building, including best façade design and engineering, best future building, and public building of the year. The winning projects are recognized as “setting the benchmark for the best in the industry.”

This year's awards include projects by David Chipperfield Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and Ian Ritchie Architects, and a lifetime achievement award for Santiago Calatrava.

Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

The Tallest Timber Tower Yet: Perkins + Will's Concept Proposal for River Beech Tower

09:30 - 6 October, 2016
Courtesy of River Beech Tower
Courtesy of River Beech Tower

As part of a masterplan along the Chicago River, the River Beech Tower is a residential high-rise which, if built, would be taller than any existing timber building. The collaborative team behind River Beech consists of architects Perkins+Will, engineers Thornton Tomasetti and the University of Cambridge. Currently a conceptual academic and professional undertaking, the team state that it could potentially be realized by the time of the masterplan’s final phases.

These are the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the US

14:00 - 2 August, 2016
Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai
Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai

Architectural Record has released the latest edition of its annual list of the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States, based on architectural revenue from the previous year (2015). Gensler, which became the first firm to surpass $1 billion in revenue in 2014, held on to the top spot with earnings of $1,181,030,000 in 2015. Los Angeles-based AECOM maintained its number 2 position after a revenue increase of more than 30 percent, making it the largest publicly traded company in the LA area. Perkins+Will continued their steady climb up the list, finishing at number 3.

See the top 50 after the break.

Perkins+Will To Design Atlanta's Second Tallest Tower

14:30 - 25 July, 2016
Perkins+Will To Design Atlanta's Second Tallest Tower, Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will has released plans for 98 Fourteenth Street, a 920 foot (280 meter) tall residential and commercial tower that, when complete, will become Atlanta’s second tallest building behind Pritzker Prize winning architect Kevin Roche’s Bank of America Plaza. The new tower is an integral piece of a planned development called the Midtown Art Walk, a half-mile pedestrian landscape featuring innovative architecture and interactive art elements between 2 transit stations in the district. The 74-story building will contain 382 luxury residential units and 180 corporate suites, as well as retail space on the ground level.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will +8

Perkins+Will Designs Miami Beach 'Glass Prism'

12:00 - 24 July, 2016
Perkins+Will Designs Miami Beach 'Glass Prism', © Perkins+Will
© Perkins+Will

The Miami office of Perkins+Will has unveiled the designs for 1212 Lincoln Road, a five-story mixed-use structure at the corner of Alton Road and the internationally renowned Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach.

The complex, which will span 140,000 square feet excluding parking, will feature 100 boutique hotel units, a European-style market, high-end retail space, as well as 450 parking spaces. The Market portion of the complex will contain fresh produce, as well as a variety of exotic eateries.