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BioBE in GEO Magazine


Image courtesy of Lori Nix, www.lorinix.net
Image courtesy of Lori Nix, www.lorinix.net


BioBE research is featured in a new article in GEO Magazine. Titled “Die Wildnis im Wohnzimmer” (“The Wilderness in the Living Room”) and written by Ute Eberle, the article discusses the human and built environment microbiome experiments that use ESBL’s climate chamber, and quotes James Meadow.

Check out the cool video at the end of the article!

Can bioinformed design promote healthy indoor ecosystems?

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An editorial in the journal Indoor Air from Jessica Green is out today. Jessica describes her vision for incorporating biological insight into architectural design decisions, what she calls “bioinformed design”. In the article, she lays out the arguments for why she believes this is the future of building design and how bioinformed design will shape healthier buildings in the future.

The American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Exposition

G. Z. Brown just returned from the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado, where thousands of design professionals gathered to attend workshops, seminars, and talks to discuss leadership for architecture. In a talk titled “Leadership for Affordable, VERY High-Performance Buildings”, G. Z. Brown highlighted the BioBE Center and presented our research from the hospital, business school, and the Climate Chamber experiments through the lens of energy reduction strategies.

UO Architecture 1st in Sustainable Design

The University of Oregon’s architecture program was recently selected as the nation’s number one program for sustainable design education in the 2013 report of architecture schools. The top-ranked program has been recognized multiple times as leading sustainable design education.

The Design Intelligence 2013 issue of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools recently released the rankings of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture, and industrial design schools.

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA)’s sustainability leadership comes from decades of innovation, integrated and excellent design, rigorous work, and many partnerships that continually push the boundaries of what the very notion of sustainability means,” said Frances Bronet, dean of A&AA. “Being sixth in North American public institutions is extraordinary,” continues Bronet. “This ranking reflects our deep commitment to rigorous and thoughtful design and the capacities of our incredible students.

– University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Healthy Buildings 2012

Graduate Research Fellow, Gwynne Mhuireach, discussed current BioBE Center research on potential links between sustainable building design and indoor microbial communities at Healthy Buildings 2012 in Brisbane Australia, July 8 – 12. Ventilation rates and methods are a key architectural consideration that can have a significant impact both on building energy use and on microbial community composition.

To view the presentation, follow this link to SlideShare. Many thanks to Sloan Foundation and microBEnet for organizing this session!