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Unconventional Tools

Unconventional Tools

  Trace paper, thick black markers, wood models and coffee are indispensable in the genesis of an idea. However, many elements we experience in the built environment can’t be seen. Whether energy, microbes, chemicals, or sound, the unseen has a profound impact on...

Design on the Frontier

Design on the Frontier

  On the frontier, you work together to create new opportunities and possibilities. This pioneer ethos is the foundation of Oregon’s collaborative spirit and a reason we are successful at solving challenges. Climate change, population growth, diminishing...

Design For Health

Design For Health

  We understand and design for acute dangers in the built environment, such as requiring fire sprinklers; however, we don’t often design for chronic dangers, such as low dose effects of indoor chemicals and contaminants or increased carbon emissions, because they...

Design For Evolution

Design For Evolution

  Our habitat is changing. In the developed world, we spend more than 90 percent of our lives indoors, often in urban areas with little connection to natural systems in which humans evolved. Our built environment has evolved to be highly engineered, segregated...

Design the Unseen

Design the Unseen

  Typically, architects and designers focus on designing physical space while scientists focus on understanding the unknown and unseen. Often, these lines of vision and discovery do not cross. In contrast, the Institute for Health in the Built Environment...

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