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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | What is Your Water Footprint?

What is Your Water Footprint?

Have you ever considered the water footprint of the products you use or the foods you eat? The volume of freshwater used in the lifecycle or production of a food or product is called virtual-water content. This takes into account the volumes of water consumed and polluted over its full production chain.

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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Evidence-Based Design (EBD) and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)

Basing Design on Credible Research and Evaluation of Projects 

By Robin Snell, Principal, Parkin Architects Limited and
Saleh Kalantari, EDAC, Researcher, PhD candidate, Healthcare Architecture

There is a growing trend among healthcare architectural firms to base their design work on the best available evidence from credible research and evaluation of projects. According to Kirk Hamilton (2003), in the healthcare design field, this process will benefit: Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Providence Care Hospital | Design Principles

Providence Care Hospital | Design Principles

The new Providence Care Hospital currently in early construction phases is being designed to meet the goal of LEED certification.

The vision behind the care environment is about inspiring and instilling hope, as well as enhancing treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. Providence Care is about enabling maximum independence and supporting individuals on their journeys to recovery as they transition from hospital back to the community. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Institutional Design for Women and Children Healthcare Facilities

Institutional Design for Women and Children Healthcare Facilities

By Lynne Wilson Orr, Principal, Parkin Architects Limited

Should we really design healthcare spaces (or others) specifically for women?

Ten to 15 years ago, no-one tested medications with women volunteers as there was this notion that men’s and women’s bodies are identical in their responses to medications. Unfortunately for women, the scientists were wrong. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | LEED Canada: A Fundamental Revolution in Institutional Design

LEED Canada: A Fundamental Revolution in Institutional Design

Thanks to LEED certification, Canada is now celebrated as one of the most sophisticated green building markets in the world.

Recognizing the critical need to make our buildings more efficient, more green and more sustainable, Canada became the first international user of the LEED rating system back in 2002. The Canada Green Building Council recently announced the availability of LEED v4, setting even higher standards in assurance and transparency of design, as well as tenant well-being and employee productivity. Read more

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