Can "active" building designs make people healthier?

The staircase at the GS&P-designed Methodist Olive Branch Hospital helps promote an active lifestyle. Renderings courtesy GS&P

GS&P Dialogue
The new high-performance Kaiser Permanente facility in Anne Arundel County, Md., uses the built environment to improve...
Building a home where Alzheimer’s patients can thrive

Abe’s Garden was designed to feel as home-like as possible, with three family-sized households themed around arts and lifelong learning; connecting to nature; and music and movement. Photo: Skanska (larger image here).

Constructive Thinking Blog
Skanska recently completed Abe’s Garden in Nashville, Tenn., a memory care community designed to improve the lives of...
How museums engage visitors in a digital age

Museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum are exploring new ways to engage with audiences by investing in technologies to make the experience more interactive. Photo courtesy Gensler

Digital technologies are opening up new dimensions of the museum experience and turning passive audiences into active...
HDR's redesigns Twin Cities' studio to have coffee shop vibe

Images courtesy HDR

With open spaces, huddle rooms, and a design lab, the firm's new digs are drastically different than the old studio,...
The 5 most questionable college and university rankings of 2015

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., claimed the number one spot The World University Rankings. Photo: Todd Van Hoosear/Creative Commons

SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog
SmithGroupJJR's David Lantz identifies five of the most flawed higher education rating systems, including ones with...

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
Check out this fun infographic that explains Perkins+Will's ambitions, findings, and next steps for the future home of...
Is the booming freelance economy a threat to AEC firms?

Photo: Pixabay

David Barista
By shifting the work (and revenue) to freelancers, “platform capitalism” startups have taken considerable market share...
Early trends in healthcare for 2016

All images courtesy CannonDesign

Cannon Design Blog
Fighting cancer, Design-Led Construction (DLC), and health sciences education are among the new efforts and...
New ideas to help universities attract and empower STEM students

Rendering of an interior environment at University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios, a first-of-its-kind hybrid building that brings college housing together with a 24/7 entrepreneurial garage. Images courtesy Cannon Design

Cannon Design Blog
Educational institutions are focusing on new learning strategies that engage students in activities, enable...
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