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A Year of Embodied Carbon

Mithun framed 2021 as the Year of Embodied Carbon to reaffirm our commitment to low-carbon buildings and communities, spark accelerated innovation internally and contribute decisively towards global efforts to limit atmospheric warming. This ideas post shares both successes and setbacks with the hope that our process might serve as a replicable model, resource and inspiration to other organizations.

Posted: 11.05.2021

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How Growth Can Benefit Community: Kirkland’s Groundbreaking Station Area Plan for NE 85th

The City of Kirkland’s new NE 85th Street Station Area Plan addresses one of the biggest issues facing cities throughout the region: how to encourage growth that provides housing, jobs and community amenities while celebrating and supporting the people and the places that are there today.

07.19.2022

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Mass Timber Schools: Wellness in Wood

Humans have an innate need to connect with the natural world. At the same time, emerging mass timber technology has the capacity to help reduce and achieve net-negative embodied carbon. Finding a way to optimize mass timber technology that affords a cost-competitive biophilic approach to build better schools is the missing link.

04.26.2022

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Affordable Family Housing: Designing for Social Resilience

How can we best support urban families and children through affordable housing design? Learn about five design strategies that strengthen family life and social resilience: in-building childcare, amenity suites, corridor lounges, flexible outdoor space and stairs as play space.

05.19.2021

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Prefabrication and Modular Approaches Rise to the Challenge

In order to meet some of today’s greatest social and environmental challenges, Mithun is embracing emerging technologies to explore improved methods to design and build. Prefabricated construction shows particular promise.

05.19.2021

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Design for Health Equity: From Healthy Places to Inclusive Communities

Leading cities and organizations are looking upstream to build back better and address barriers to healthy housing, clean energy and air, reliable transportation and essential services. Erin Christensen Ishizaki shares highlights from recent planning and strategic efforts in Portland, OR, Denver and Kirkland, WA, that support resilient, inclusive communities.

05.18.2021

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Earth Day 2021

04.22.2021

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How Can We Design with Communities While Apart?

The current pandemic has inspired new ways to cultivate resilient community relationships and engagement, even as conventional practices are challenged.

11.18.2020

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Activating Young Minds and Resilience through Outdoor Learning

How can we strengthen outdoor learning opportunities to extend school operations and address limitations of digital learning models? Six case studies offer replicable strategies for schools to enrich academic performance, maximize resilient operations and foster environmental stewardship.

10.07.2020

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Happy Spaces, Healthy People

Elizabeth Gordon explores the impact of optimistic spaces on health and well-being in the workplace.

10.07.2020

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2020 Vision for Mithun R+D

In these rapidly changing times, it is more important than ever to engage in critical research that challenges practice norms, proposes new paths and integrates diverse knowledge sets. Learn about our latest efforts and the five firm-wide focus areas for Mithun R+D.

10.06.2020