As a follow up to our recent blog post (The 5 Minute Shower and Other Myths), the Water Use Research Team is extending the call out to research to college and university students. We are collecting shower use data through an online survey in order to get a better understanding of water use in university [...]
NPR’s Krulwich Wonders blog has published some research data that looks at cataloging regions or social districts though the use of money circulation data (the Where’s George project) and cell phone records. It’s actually quite interesting and the data helped create the map below. If you’re unfamiliar with the Where’s George project, it’s a website [...]
Popular Science has released a list of the 25 Coolest Sciences Labs in the Country. As the article suggests, forget stuffy lecture halls and humming fluorescent lights – build robots instead. Or, run a nuclear reactor. Popular Science factors in groundbreaking research, undergrad access and sheer awesomeness to rank the labs. The list includes an experimental mine, crash analysis [...]
In February, I had the pleasure of presenting at the BUILDEX conference in Vancouver with Francesca Desmarais of Architecture 2030 and Thaddeus Owen of Herman Miller (view our full presenation here). Francesca is the director of The 2030 Challenge for Products, which aims to reduce the carbon emissions associated with the manufacture of building products by [...]
While the issue of global warming has brought energy efficiency to the forefront, the issue of how to efficiently use clean water has not been adequately addressed. To better understand this issue, the Cannon Design Research Team began a study focused on collecting actual water use data from residence halls in order to compare it [...]
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Linde + Robinson Environmental Institute and Cannon Design have been recognized for their use of the eVap Chiller Series at the cutting-edge sustainable facility. The S-Lab International Sustainable Laboratory Competition informed Caltech it has made the shortlist for its 2013 competition. Caltech uses eVap extensively at its Linde + [...]
Earlier this week I tweeted a link to a post on Grist http://t.co/iYChhbtqbs that linked to a wonderful infographic from the group, Information is Beautiful.The subject of the graphic is the impact of climate change from released or potentially released carbon dioxide in gigatons. Yup, that’s a lot of tons. The impact is tracked across many categories [...]
A common question we receive regarding the eVap and the cooling of laboratory spaces often touches upon the difference between chilled-water cooling and the eVap product. The simple answer is that there are situations and facilities that are better suited for each of these methods. The eVap is a water-to-water heat exchanger that isolates laboratory [...]
Last Wednesday, the AIA and National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) launched a much awaited site, the Building Research Knowledgebase (BRIK). The site’s specific purpose is to allow design professionals both the ability to access and contribute their knowledge to a single online resource. As stated in the article in Architect, the website http://www.brikbase.org will be avaiable [...]
This is a very interesting and important infographic about how science and research are going to drive our future … take a few minutes to look it over and post your thoughts below. Note: Click the image to see a larger version of the infographic – if you’re having trouble reading.
I really enjoyed the recent article, “Six Ways To Clean Up Science” from The New Yorker about the many ways research falls short in terms of rigor, incentives, and the ability to replicate. The article is not all negative though as it also focuses on how improvements may not be too far off. I’d love [...]
Gabrielle Rossit and I had the opportunity to present Cannon Design’s research on embodied energy at IIDEX/NeoCon 2012 in Toronto, Canada’s largest national design and architecture conference. Our extensive research conducted by Rand Ekman, Chris Lambert, Peter Hourihan, and myself focuses on how to calculate and evaluate the embodied energy of building materials, and how to find the [...]
Design research is uniquely at the overlap of design, business, social sciences and hard sciences. Each of these disciplines inform our research questions and, in return, our findings should inform these disciplines. We in the Cannon Design research team take this multi-disciplinary approach and apply it to all our research pursuits. Recently, we applied this [...]
In the summer issue of Centerline, the newsletter of the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California, Berkeley, the feature article is focused on one of our favorite topics, collaboration and workplace productivity. Our research has been exploring these questions related to the design for knowledge work and the new scientific [...]
Susan Welker, AIA - 18 May 2013
Exactly! I did research during my Masters in Architecture about how more w...
Yen Cao - 15 May 2013
Way to go Brian! Congrats.
Air Monitoring - 15 May 2013
Really, its nice information, I read this whole and carefully. This covers ...
Don Wesley - 14 May 2013
Sara: What an honor, and so well deserved! You have always been a very sp...
Bob Farwell - 13 May 2013
Sara: Congratulations! I have always been impressed by your talents,work e...