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Farrow's St. Mary's Hospital in global top 10 greenest

The first hospital in North America designed to be carbon-neutral, St. Mary's continues to attract recognition for sustainable design. It is listed here as the tenth most environmentally friendly hospital in the world. Designed by Farrow in association with Perkins + Will, St. Mary's is targeting net carbon reduction through the use of a geo-exchange system, a high-performance envelope, a photovoltaic array and passive design strategies, such as the use of solar shading and operable windows that allow for natural ventilation. As a result, the project is on target to achieve a 40% energy savings when compared to other LEED Gold Certified hospitals.


Farrow speaks at the University of Virginia

Farrow’s Senior Partner, Tye Farrow, joins architects, planners, scholars and health professionals from across North America for the Healthy Environments, Healing Space conference taking place on March 17 and 18 in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. Conference attendees will discuss the opportunities that exist to enhance health by design.

Tye will be presenting, “The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health?” This session will ask: What if our health became the basis for judging every building and every public space? What if each of us—every person, everywhere—grew accustomed to looking at our built environment with one question in mind, “How healthy is this place?”


Farrow gives keynote address at AIA Summit in Washington D.C.

On April 23 Tye Farrow presented the keynote speech at a Design and Health Summit convened by the American Institute of Architects. Held at the AIA’s headquarters in Washington D.C., this new initiative brought the U.S. Acting Surgeon General together with architects and health professionals from across North America. The purpose of the conference was to examine explicit connections between design and health: safety and social equity; physical activity; sensory experiences; environmental integrity; and access to nature.

Tye presented “Cause Health: The Ultimate Test for Design?” stating that “the places we create either cause health or erode our ability to thrive.”

Click here to read a related article in EcoBuilding Pulse.


Farrow's salutogenic design for South Africa centres featured in UK magazine

Aiming to dramatically improve health and reduce costs in their country, the South African Ministry of Health funded an international design competition to build exemplar Health Promoting Lifestyle Centres (HPLCs). Jury members from five continents selected Farrow Partnership’s team (Farrow, with Clark Nexsen and Ngonyama Okpanum & Associates) as the winner in response to an open design brief, which called for a new type of health centre. The HPLCs are planned for assessment, adaptation and construction in the rural settings, townships and cities throughout the country’s nine provinces. Read the article from FX Magazine here.