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What Is Next for Sustainable Design? by Sandy Mendler, AIA For Chatham University, Mithun is designing multiple buildings, complete with interiors and landscape, for the new Eden Hall campus near Pittsburgh. Home to the university’s School of Sustainability and Environment, the campus will include a residence lodge (above) designed to be energy positive—generating more energy with geothermal wells, energy generating exercise equipment, and building photovoltaic systems than is needed for operation. Construction of this residence lodge will begin in 2013. 66 it is an interesting time for practitioners deeply focused on sustainable design, and also for those who are not yet engaged. On one hand, the bar is rising rapidly with new rating systems and code requirements on the horizon that will impact the majority of new construction and renovation projects. On the other hand, modern design is evolving in response to a cultural yearning for authenticity, which is putting greater emphasis on connecting to place and history, engaging the natural world, and revealing natural systems. the quest for authenticity is part of a much larger social transformation that many describe as a new paradigm, as we leave the industrial age and the information age behind to enter the “ecological” age. these broad ideas underlie a shift in perspective from one based on the domination of nature, to one that views man and nature as fundamentally interconnected and interdependent. this shift is gradually percolating throughout societies and ultimately influencing consumer demand as society seeks out authentic places and experiences that reveal our connection with the natural world. the quest for authenticity and experiential design authentic experiences are grounded in what is real, what is enduring, and what we can experience directly. as such, experiential design is less focused contractdesign.com september 2012 rEndEringS: COUrtESy OF MitHUn FEatUrE: SUStainablE dESign http://www.contractdesign.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - September 2012

Contract - September 2012
Contents
Editorial
Industry News
Product Focus: Come Sail Away
Eneco Headquarters
Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Perkins+Will Atlanta
DPR Construction
Iowa Utilities Board | Office of Consumer Advocate
25hours Hotel Hamburg
Practice: What Is Next in Sustainable Design?
Competition: Design Is…
Exhibition: George Nelson at Cranbrook Art Museum
Designers Select: Eco Products
Sources
Ad Index
Exhibition: Gio Ponti at the Venice Biennale

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