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Designing for Health: Contemporary Simulation Design Objectives

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Trends in Dental Clinics

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Caring for the Community

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Adaptive Reuse, Renovation and Sustainability

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Considering Occupant Comfort in Workplace Lighting

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: A Spectrum of Opportunities at Camp For Autistic Youth

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Hospitals and Communities Connect Through Gardening

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, web-exclusive series from the healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments.



Designing for Health: Aspirational Furniture Design - Beautiful Form Follows Rigorous Function

John Hopkins Hospital achieves durability and maintenance without compromising its uplifting design



Designing for Health: How Community Informs Critical Access Hospital Design

Perkins+Will explains why critical access hospital design is specific and unique to each region



Designing for Health: The Ancient Feng Shui Philosophy in Modern Healthcare

A 4,000-year-old Chinese principle holds water with today's healthcare design practices



Designing for Health: The True Family Women’s Cancer Center

A new oncology center in the Northwest affords a combination of services that support cross-disciplinary collaboration in a physical environment that aids healing



Designing for Health: Physician Shortages and Implications for Design

The healthcare design and construction industry sees a shift to ambulatory care centers, community health clinics, and medical office buildings to accommodate new healthcare delivery models and legislation



The Future in Technology and Experiential Interiors

An expert in retail environments examines emerging technologies that will have a direct impact on how we design spaces



"Next Practices" in Healthcare Design

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Next Practices Committee explores how potential changes in healthcare delivery will impact healthcare design



Designing for Health: There Is An App For That

The design of healthcare facilities and the delivery of care are being transformed by technological innovations



What Is Next for Sustainable Design?

In addition to engaging traditional  measures such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and use of healthy materials, sustainability will include a holistic and experientially based design approach



Designing for Health: Healing the Hospital

A state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital in Boston alters the role of healthcare within civic architecture



Designing Cultural Fluency Firmwide with the Gensler Exchange

Diane Hoskins, FAIA, executive director and southeast regional managing principal at Gensler, speaks to the firm's latest professional development program



Designing for Health: Improving the Patient Experience in Chemotherapy Suites

Two oncology healthcare professionals provide a better understanding of design for improved patient experience



Designing for Health: How Interior Design Informs Medical Research and Technology

A new pharmaceutical company's headquarters supports state of the art research and development, improving outcomes and lives, and strategic partnerships for a global reach



Designing for Health: Action Research as a New Paradigm for Improving Health Outcomes

Design and health thought-leaders from around the world share insights on application-based methodology



Designing for Health: Health at Work

One designer examines ways workplace design can positively impact the health of its occupants



Designing for Health: Special Design Considerations for the Middle East

Cultural differences in the Middle East inform design preferences in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Design Shaping the 21st Century College Campus

David J. Neuman, FAIA and Architect for the University of Virginia, examines how higher education institutions are using sustainability and collaboration, and branding and efficiency in the design of learning environments



Designing for Health: Exploring Collaboration in the Consolidated Interventional Platform

A Perkins + Will designer imagines the possibilities in healthcare delivery with a few department reconfigurations for greater efficiency



Designing for Health: The differences between U.S. and U.K. clinical planning models

Differences in healthcare design such as spacial allocation were found during collaboration on several projects in the U.K. for a U.S. health system client



A New Generation Raises the bar for Public Interest Design

John Cary, the co-recipient of the 2009 Designer of the Year Award from Contract, describes the impact that 2012 Designer of the Year MASS Design Group has in the larger context of public interest design.



Designing for Health: Widening a Natural Circle of Inclusion

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Willson Hospice exemplifies the holistic model of well being in Georgia



Designing for Health: Mentoring the Next Generation of Healthcare Design Professionals

Local students get real world experience with The University Health System in San Antonio, Texas



Designing for Health: When the Professional Becomes the Patient--An Insider's Perspective

Perkins+Will designers discuss healthcare from the patient's perspective when one of their own shares a personal experience



Designing for Health: The Evolving Role of the Design Professional Through Public Private Partnerships

The leaders at Perkins+Will discuss in this month’s exclusive online column how these types of collaborative projects can result in a more rewarding experience and end product



Editorial: Place Matters

Editorial by Editor-in-Chief John Czarnecki introducing the October 2011 issue



The Resilient Workplace

Two sustainability experts with the GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings outline key aspects of the resilient workplace, which can be applied to any office



Designing for Health: Are Best Healthcare Design Practices Transferable to the Middle East?

The leaders at Perkins+Will discuss in this month’s exclusive online column the cultural challenges involved with designing state-of-the-art facilities in this rapidly growing region



Repositioning the Nation’s Capital Through Sustainable Design

A current renovation by VOA Associates at one Washington, D.C.-based office building aims to preserve history while allowing for the evolution of design



Designing for Health: How to Attack EDAC

The leaders at Perkins+Will share in this month’s online column their best strategies for taking the intimidating Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification exam



Editorial: An Evolution

A letter from Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki (July/Aug 2011 issue)



Rethinking Details: How to Stretch Your Hospital Design Budget

Small changes in design details and product selections now can help save you and the client money in the future



Designing for Health: Traditional Culture in a New World

An update on the largest hospital under construction in Colombia



Cultural Connection: Designing with Art in Public Spaces

Art in public buildings must reflect both the vision of the artist and the mission of the architecture



Does It Cost More to Build Green?

It’s a simple question, but there isn’t a clear answer



Editor's Note: A New Beginning for Contract, June 2011

Luckily, the design publishing industry is organic in the sense that there is change when necessary, and from that change there is growth



Designing for Health: The Perils and Pearls of Field Research in Healthcare Facilities

While the actual settings are rich with potential pearls of wisdom, working analytically in the healthcare field also brings with it the perils doing just that.



Design Education Critique: Less Tools, More Brains

Antonio Larosa, chair of the Furniture Design Department at SCAD, discusses moving away from “shop-oriented” education in design schools to adopt a more European model of instruction



Building Blocks of a Design Career

LAIAD teaches aspiring design professionals to think like designers



Professionals and Clients Tire of ‘Greenwash’

ROI-related decision-making takes hold as consumers demand data-driven-results, not obtuse claims



Designing for Health: What's Your Problem? A Research Approach to Quantifying Design Solutions

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, Web-exclusive series from healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environment



Don’t Blink: Strategies for Designing Temporary Commercial Space

Six strategies to create successful temporary commercial spaces that engage new customers and, more importantly, create lifelong brand fanatics



Editor's Note: The Last Word

As some of you know, I really enjoy having the last word. So here it is.



Enhancing Student Success Through Principled Space Planning and Interior Design

How should planners and designers determine size, configuration, shape and capacity of educational spaces to support student success?



A Hard Lesson: Education Construction Outlook 2011

State budget woes mean that the 2011 construction outlook for the K-12 market continues to decline



Editor's Note: Full Circle

Learning is a lifelong experience—not confined to the classroom or a formal process of instruction...Such is the proposition to which we dedicate our March issue focused on Education, where our definition of “learning environments” includes varied spaces



Green: Thinking INside the Box

Failed retail establishments give way to successful spaces to house educational facilities



Social Responsibility: Corporate Philanthropy

Good for business, good for the community



Interior Design Trends for Worship Spaces: From Your Mouth to God’s Ears

Traditional and non-traditional places of worship are designed to engage and inspire



Editor's Note: Our Person(s) of the Year

Sitting at Newark airport on a snowy Friday in January is as good a time as any to reflect on the year ahead.



Designing for Health: Perkins+Will Research Journal—Integration of Design and Research within a Global Practice

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, Web-exclusive series from healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environment



Rules of Thumb for Interior Design Construction in 2011: Is No News Good News?

As we look ahead to 2011, we see a more consistent warming of the market, with erratic economic growth on the foreseeable horizon



Transportation Focus: The Top Five Challenges in Airport Design

How can designers do their part to ease the stress of flying?



Designers Rate: Lounge Seating

Contract asks two designers to name and explain their preferred lounge seating products



Trends: The Real Social Network

In an age of mobility and digital communication, communal seating repeatedly is cropping up—and even being requested by clients—in today’s restaurant designs



Designer’s Rate Roundup: Top Interior Design Product Picks of 2010

Six A&D professionals reflect on their top interior design product introductions from 2010



Editor's Note: Design Forum

In mid-November, members of Contract’s Editorial Advisory Board (see masthead) gathered in New Orleans along with a select group of commercial and institutional real estate executives, participating sponsors, and members of the Contract staff for a weekend of thought-provoking dialog about the leadership role of designers in society, particularly as it pertains to their ability—and some would say obligation—to influence positive social change.



Design Trends: Manufacturers Giving Back to A&D

Commercial furnishings and finishes manufacturers are going the extra mile to offer relevance to the design community.



Designing For Health: The Unexpected Oasis—A medically, spiritually, and emotionally caring environment

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, Web-exclusive series from healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments. This month's installment focuses on creating a healing garden oasis within a healthcare setting.



Steps to Sustainable Design: Better Energy Codes Now

With today’s conspicuous promotion of green building and sustainability, it is easy to forget that most commercial buildings simply do what they have always done: meet local building energy codes.



Trends: From Illness Care to Wellness Care

Healthcare experts discuss the benefits of wellness centers in senior living communities



Design Materials: Cork and Circumstances, Sustainable Designs from Daniel Michalik

Keeping pace with sustainable and alternative material trends, a series of products from Daniel Michalik showcases cork as the new ideal seating material.



Net Zero: Two global design firms issue a call to action and lead by example

Woods Bagot and Buro Happold develop a model that delivers on the promise of zero carbon and zero emissions for large-scale development projects



Net Zero: Two global design firms issue a call to action and lead by example

HOK’s Net Zero Co2urt may be the first-generation Prius of zero emissions office buildings



Design Case Study: How Lean Design Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Combining lean design with two emerging healthcare delivery models are changing the way healthcare is provided to its patients.



Editor's Note: Reposition Yourself

Reinvention has never been so “in”—or so necessary—as it has been in the recent years of economic distress, and one shift for the A&D community has been the way design firms approach business development and marketing.



Interior Design Trends: Renew, Reinvent, Revitalize

There are a significant number of buildings in the repositioning market today, and an ever-increasing interest from developers to create highly marketable and financially viable building assets.



Renovate and Reuse: Higher Education’s New Mantra

Renovating existing buildings might just be the new “new” for colleges and universities.



Trends: A Strategy Made Visible

Big box retailers are seeking different approaches to store environments



Looking Ahead at Adaptive Reuse: Designing for the Gain Factor

The future of our design disciplines and service philosophies should bring a demand for increased ingenuity in design, flexibility, durability, and longevity in our buildings.



The 21st-Century Library

As the pace of change in modern life accelerates, library design is changing too.



Editor's Note: Branching Out

Even during the darkest days of the current economic recession, school and university construction continued, albeit at a slower pace, thus representing one of the few “bright” spots of opportunity—relatively—for architects and interior designers.



Design Essay: Renovating mid-Century Modern Libraries

The University of Chicago Law School entrusts OWP/P/Cannon Design with the task of modernizing its original Saarinen structure while respecting the building's heritage.



Characteristics of the Future Office

What office design characteristics are needed for today’s challenging corporate environment?



Attracting Library Traffic Through Design

Some of today’s mixed-use projects are using public libraries as anchors—with good results.



Remembering Matt Ellis (1974-2010)

The U.S. vice president of Colebrook Bosson Saunders died on May 10 at 35 years of age.



Cracking the Code: Permit Processing as a Spiritual Journey

How can you navigate coding and permit snafus?



Practice: A Change for the Better

Design specialists are uniquely positioned to help navigate the process of change in the workplace



Editor's Note: A Fresh Perspective

A student product design competition offers new perspectives for the participants and judges alike



Green: How to Get LEED Certified

A LEED expert offers a step by step guide for avoiding lost credits



Point of View: The Name “Interior Designer” Is a Misnomer Because of Broader Duties

The interior designer today is concerned not only with determining furniture, furnishings, colors, materials, and finishes, but also with organizing and predicting basic concepts of work organization and traffic flow for large corporate or institutional entities.



Interior Design vs. Urban Design

Perkins+Will interior design director and principal Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, LEED AP ID+C, debates the similarities of interior and urban design.



Designer's Rate: Favorite Products of the Last 50 Years

Contract asks eight designers to name and explain their preferred commercial interior products from the past five decades.



Essay from the Past: Is the Office Really Necessary?

A visionary rethinks the way we work and offers insight on managing people and technology. (January 1989)



Essay from the Past: Astounding Technology Portends Drastic Office Changes (January 1980)

What the pencil did for communications, the microprocessor will do for the office in the ’80s.



Fabric of the Future: Innovative Design Materials to Come

These 11 new materials and technologies offer a glimpse into where innovation is taking us.



Trends: The Death of the Office (as we know it)

How virtual work is changing the modern workplace



The Inadmissible Evidence Behind Design

Research has become a hot topic lately in interior design especially in the arenas of sustainability, healthcare, and workplace environments.



Essay from the Past: If You Cut Your Fee, Do You Bleed?

From June 1990: Architects and interior designers would have much more to gain by educating society about the true value of design in our lives.



Designing for Health: An Urban Clinic-- Connecting with Community

"Designing for Health" is a monthly, Web-exclusive series from healthcare interior design leaders at Perkins+Will that focuses on the issues, trends, challenges, and research involved in crafting today's healing environments. This month's article focuses on connecting a healthcare facility with its urban community.



Post-Occupancy Green: Blending Sustainable Design and Operation

For more meaningful progress on green building, sustainable design and sustainable operation must become more intertwined



Editorial: Print is Alive and Well

I tend to think of Contract as a part of the design industry, but actually it is more accurately part of another industry—print publishing—which is experiencing tremendous change to the point of upheaval.



Technology Trends: Changing the Way Designers Work

From smartphones to Google, technology is changing the way designers approach the very practice of design.



Essay from the Past: Women Need Feminine Desks (1970)

Female Designers Comment (1970): While they acknowledge that desks designed exclusively for females are economically unsound, four top female designers think that desk designs should take into account distinctive feminine needs.



Design Practice: Reading the Tea Leaves of Future Design

As alliances and collaborations combine with more frequency, and technological possibilities accelerate, how designers work and what the profession will look like will change profoundly.



Essay from the Past: Changes in Workplaces Reflect Changes in Task Structure (1970)

From June 1970: Robert Propst, president, Herman Miller Research Corporation, Ann Arbor, Mich., explores many of the psychological and physiological considerations of workplace functions and how they affect workplace design.



Essay from the Past: Space Planning Symposium (1963)

From 1963: Although the image of the space planner has begun to come into focus, there are still a good many blurry physiognomic details.



Future Design: Leading in the Global Market

After a devastating year of layoffs, furloughs, and closures, businesses are repositioning for the post-great recession economy. What will this new economic landscape look like?



Editorial: The History (and Future) of Us

What is an anniversary? Certainly it is an opportunity to celebrate the past, as we have done in spades in this commemorative issue marking Contract’s 50 years in publication.



What is the Future of Design?

At this fateful juncture in our social and economic history, when everything from personal values to business processes is up for reevaluation, there is renewed talk of the potential for design thinking to chart a more enlightened future for corporate America and beyond.



Essay from May/June 1962: The Contract Design Dilemma

This article addresses itself to a dilemma facing the contract and interior design field and particularly as it affects the final client—the business firm or corporation. The dilemma is not of anyone’s particular making but it causes serious enough headache to warrant attention and, it is hoped, clarification.



Essay on the Future of Design: More Happiness, Less Stuff

More happiness, less stuff. It’s the conclusion I’ve been drawing lately on the speaking circuit, as I describe my reworking of a famous equation by Paul and Anne Ehrlich from their book The Population Bomb—the environmental impact equation.



Future Furniture Trends

Generational differences and sustainability play a major role today in workplace design.



Designing For Health: Patient and Staff Safety in Behavioral Health Facilities

This month's installation of Perkins+Will “Designing for Health" series focuses on safety in behavioral health facilities.



Designing for Health: A Harmonious Companionship-- Rejuvenating State-of-the-Art

This month's “Designing for Health" article focuses on the challenges of renovating existing healthcare facilities.



Illuminating Designer Potential

What Designers Need To Know About Lighting



Editorial: Of Past, Present, and Future

2010 will bring great jubilation here at Contract as we celebrate our 50th year in publication.



Trends: Hotel Hub

Today’s multipurpose hotel lobby functions as living room, meeting room, dining room, and art gallery to provide the complete guest experience



Green Design: Not Just for Specifiers

A manufacturing CEO gains insights by earning his LEED accreditation



Hotel Trends: Be Our Guest

One of the biggest trends to sweep guestrooms around the world is the open, New York loft-style aesthetic.



Educational Design Trends: Food Courting

Colleges are now adapting the integrated design approach to their own campus dining facilities.



The Green Acoustics Design Paradox

In the case of LEED for Schools (with LEED Healthcare on the horizon), there are no LEED credits for acoustics.



Editorial: Keep the Faith

As we rush headlong toward the holidays and a new year (whew!) it is probably safe to say that many of us have given up on 2009 and are looking forward to what 2010 will bring.



Healthcare Trends: Emergency Departments are the Other Front Door

In the last several years, Emergency Departments have finally begun to get the right kind of treatment.



Healthcare Trends: Daylighting the Emergency Department

After decades of relegating staff and patients to the glare of artificial light, many hospitals now are aggressively pursuing daylighting strategies that have long been the accepted as the norm in Europe.



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