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feature: PRACTICE The Resilience Factor Perkins+Will is making resilience design and planning a growing area of practice and income F or Janice Barnes, AIA, LEED AP, the wakeup started with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Barnes, who is global discipline leader for planning and strategies at Perkins+Will (P+W), once lived in New Orleans and still had good friends there. So while her concern about the city and surrounding area's recovery was personal, her professional side was also piqued. That only increased two years ago with Superstorm Sandy's vast destructive impact on the Northeast coast. Accustomed to thinking about organizational strategic change and future planning, Barnes began to consider how to apply that approach to resiliency planning, and how resiliency planning could become part of the firm's practice. "There was an urgent need that a lot of us felt - colleagues within P+W and outside - for a comprehensive approach to how we can prepare for, live through, and recover from catastrophic events," says Barnes. "For example, two members of our New York office assumed leadership positions in the city's and the AIANY Chapter's response." Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, P+W's sustainable healthcare design leader, co-chaired the Critical Buildings Committee of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force to improve healthcare resilience to extreme weather events. She was also a member of the Critical and Commercial Buildings (CCB) working group for AIANY's Post-Sandy Initiative. Jason Harper, AIA, was named co-chair of the AIANY Health Facilities Committee, which organized the AIANY CCB working group, of which Harper was also a member. The group authored the CCB section of the AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative report, "Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development." "Within the firm we created a task force to look at the nature of resilience, all its implications, and the response our firm could offer," says Barnes. "What that consists of is still evolving." And although it's yet to be found on its website, the firm can point to a revenue stream from resilience planning. ©Anton Grassl/Esto B Y r i C H A r d s tA u B (above) Built on a brownfield site on Boston Harbor, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, MA, Perkins+Will raised the ground floor of the LEED Gold building 30 inches above the 500-year floodplain level, and located the MEP and communication infrastructure on the roof. Surrounded by native plantings, its drought-tolerant gardens also address storm impacts. 30 Oculus Spring 2015 ©Perkins+Will Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, overlaid health data with the community in order to focus local resources where they can be most effective at improving health and resilience. Dialogues from the Edge of Practice

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2015

First Words Letter from the President Repositioning All Around By Tomas Rossant, AIA
Letter from the Editor The Edge of New By Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
Center for Architecture Center Highlights
One Block Over Rough Waters: Squalls continue over the redevelopment of South Street Seaport By Claire Wilson
Opener: Thinking Into Other Boxes By David Zach
Mars in the Bronx CASE gets new environmental technologies out of labs and into buildings at (relative) warp speed By Jonathan Lerner
Spinning Research Into Practice Intense experimentation with digital technologies is yielding remarkable designs and products by ARO By Lisa Delgado
A Results-Oriented Think Tank Defining architectural practice broadly enough to include research, theory, and public discourse, Grimshaw’s Urban Research Unit is a full-circle activity leading to a richer built environment By Bill Millard
The Resilience Factor Perkins+Will is making resilience design and planning a growing area of practice and income By Richard Staub
Socrates at the Drafting Table REX champions a slow thinktank architecture of methodical problem-solving By Janet Adams Strong
Architecture in the Social Data Era Transforming our practice to engage new data sources and design intents By Melissa Marsh
Museum as Incubator The New Museum hatches a multidisciplinary workspace to nurture creative entrepreneurs By Julia van den Hout
When Bottom-up Meets Top-down The benefits of community engagement in post-disaster rebuilding plans By Deborah Gans, FAIA
In Print Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made By Tom Wilkinson Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City By Jonathan Conlin Visionaries in Urban Development: 15 Years of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize Winners By Trisha Riggs, et al. American Urban Form: A Representative History By Sam Bass Warner and Andrew H. Whittemore Preservation is Overtaking Us By Rem Koolhaas, with a supplement by Jorge Otero-Pailos Reviews by Stanley Stark, FAIA
31-Year Watch Architectural practice once embraced dinner plates and candlesticks produced by Swid Powell By John Morris Dixon, FAIA
Last Words Eve of Construction By Rick Bell, FAIA
Index to Advertisers Alphabetical & Categorical Index

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