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被他们的工作着迷，architizer谈到了Patrick Witthaus— designer at DRAW Architecture — to learn more about the firm’s process, and what Witthaus believes to be the many elements that make architecture, building materials and the specification process truly click.
Witthaus shared that today, one of the key ingredients of simple specification is that manufacturers are really starting to embrace the openness of the internet, and sharing most of the information that architects need to coordinate larger projects online.“Every project is different, of course, but I like to pick materials and systems that are as unfussy as possible, such as natural wood, stone and raw metal,” said the architect.
Over the years, the ways that Witthaus and his team have gone about finding these and other materials have changed dramatically. “Up until a few months ago, DRAW had a materials library that was absolutely overflowing with samples from current and former projects,” Witthaus remarked. “So, as an exercise to reassess our materials selection process, we asked our staff to pick out what they imagined they would realistically use in the future and donated what was left over. The results were incredible — we eliminated nearly 95%.”
Witthaus分享了这种成功转向越来越精简的方法，这在很大程度上是由于发展的发展Architizer’s new platform for sourcing building-products.
“The platform has really helped to broaden our horizons on where and who we source materials from. The direct connection to manufacturers that the platform provides is an awesome feature as well, significantly reducing the amount of time I spend looking for contact information across the internet and writing formal emails about exactly what type of product it is that I am searching for.”
As the industry continues to evolve, said Whitthaus, “a platform like Architizer significantly increases the opportunity for us as designers to find the best available options out there that fit our client’s and the project’s needs.” On the manufacturer’s side, Witthaus believes that focusing on lifecycle cost metrics and the long term environmental impact of one’s supply chain — from the harvesting of raw materials all the way through to a product’s lifespan — are excellent problems to tackle as more and more products experience the push towards data driven design.
“Our industries are positioned in such a unique way to shape the conversation of environmental responsibility and the implementation of holistic sustainability, and we really should be taking full advantage of this opportunity,” said Witthaus.
Right now, DRAW Architecture is working on a fire station that is taking a smart-building approach to sustainability and a holistic approach to the long-term health of firefighters. According to Witthaus, “Cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths for firefighters are alarmingly high in comparison to the general population. Part of the reason for this trend is the nature of their job, but what leading research is telling us is that these cancer-causing contaminants from fighting fires are finding their way back to the station — usually carried in through clothing — and into the kitchen, common spaces and bunk rooms.”
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