The pandemic has dramatically altered our sports traditions, pastimes, recreation, and competitions. This year’s Super Bowl LV is no different. Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, designed to accommodate upwards of 65,000 fans, will feel a whole lot roomier on Super Bowl Sunday with capacity capped at 22,000. But, though the stadiums and arenas full of loud, passionate fans are at reduced capacities right now, these spaces are still serving vital public needs: as triage hospitals, polling centers, and most recently, as vaccine centers. …


The year 2020 represented an almost total upheaval to the ways in which we work. The abrupt changes to workplace caused by the coronavirus pandemic leave us with many questions about the future. Will we revert to our pre-pandemic modes of working? Will we maintain our remote policies? Or will we find a better balance and see a convergence between old and new as we move beyond 2020? There are many unknowns for the future of workplace. To navigate these uncertainties, Perkins Eastman is releasing our new 2020 Workplace Benchmarks Report, which explores data gathered from 2017–2020.

Benchmarking

In architecture, we…


The District Wharf, Washington, DC | Photo: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Is the coronavirus the end of retail as we know it? With the holiday shopping season upon us, a great deal of speculation and concern is circulating about the future of retail and shopping. The statistics are dire. Across the country, as many as 25,000 stores in urban centers could close permanently by the end of the year, according to Coresight Research. Major retail brands — such as Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, and JC Penney — have gone, or will be going, bankrupt, and in some cases, closing permanently. …


A rendering of Perkins Eastman’s new Pittsburgh studio

The current pandemic has not changed the foundation of smart real estate strategy: companies still want a maximum return on their investments. What it has changed are the desires of companies when they look for that perfect new office space. As Perkins Eastman workplace practice area leader Mark Van Summern said in a recent interview, “It’s not rocket science, its Real Estate 101, you want to get maximum return from the location you invest in.” Since the pandemic has shown a largely successful shift to remote work, however, people can work from anywhere, meaning they can also live anywhere. …


Map image courtesy of Harvard Map Collection, Harvard Library

This proposal was submitted to the Urban Design Forum’s Gallery of Urban Ideas, a suite of creative reflections and proposals that will inspire New York City to work towards a safe, equitable, and dynamic recovery. Explore the proposal, within the gallery here.


The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the urgency of social, economic, and environmental change. In the immediacy of its threat, the pandemic has brought to light the many weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our systems, making chronic problems more acute.

The coronavirus pandemic is proof that nothing exists in a silo: everything is inextricably linked.

Erich Burkhart, FAIA, a leader of Perkins Eastman’s healthcare design practice whose background includes a Master of Science in Public Health from Columbia University, has seen the interconnection of these crises in his work more clearly than ever in recent months.


Martin Luther King Jr. School, Cambridge, MA | © Robert Benson / Courtesy Perkins Eastman

School districts across the country are welcoming their K-12 students back to school, nearly six months since the pandemic forced remote “emergency learning”. These re-entry plans vary in approach, ranging from hybrid models — teaching students through both in-person and online instruction — to continued distance learning.

Like every discipline in design, from healthcare to workplace, from large-scale to education, COVID-19 has disrupted the way we think about learning environments.

Its overwhelming impact has underscored the many and varied roles a school occupies within a community: education, child care, healthcare, food, emergency shelter, among other vital services. These services embed…


Extreme heat, an often overlooked effect of climate change, is an advancing danger that can make our beloved cities uninhabitable. When paired with the Urban Heat Island effect, the combination can be lethal. The Urban Heat Island effect is a phenomenon where cities endure unnaturally warm temperatures year-round. This can result from a number of factors, including excessive vehicle emissions and smog, over-density and poor design of buildings, a higher ratio of pavement to green space, and the production of waste heat from mechanical systems like air conditioning.

According to a 2017 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, if…


With universities across the country hard at work preparing campuses for students, Perkins Eastman reached out to one of our Higher Education Practice Area Leaders, Principal Carisima Koenig, who has a unique perspective to offer. As a leading architect, a Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a parent sending her son off to university for the first time, Carisima is looking at higher education in the time of COVID-19 from all angles.

I have been writing and re-writing a letter to my son who will be a ‘first year’ at university this fall. Apart from the obvious reasons…


To celebrate Pride Month in June, Perkins Eastman’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative hosted a week-long series of virtual events in June bringing queer issues to light. Conceptualized, planned, and led by our employees, the proceeds of our activities benefited the Audre Lorde Project and the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition.

Avinash Rajagopal, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, gave us a personal, yet industry-focused answer to the question “What Does Pride Mean Today?” during one of those events, a virtual, public conversation with Perkins Eastman’s Mark Muster. …

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