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Sydney Morning Herald: “Canadian architect Tye Farrow backs 'total health' buildings”

Australian media continue to demonstrate their enthusiasm for Farrow's focus on using the built environment to enhance people's ability to thrive. Tye Farrow's design is featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and he explains his approach, "To thrive is linked to the idea of prosperity. What we build has a big impact on our minds, ability to think and feel better, to work better. This is the idea of total health." 

"It's more than just environmental design, complete with green ratings...((it is instead) something that becomes beloved, not disposable"

For example, at Credit Valley Hospital, "We wanted to bring the lines of nature into the built form. When people walk into the building, they feel as if they are part of something, there is a deep-rooted connection," he said. Read the article here.

 

Australian A&D news features Cause Health

An excellent summary with examples of Cause Health design elements by Australian A&D 

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SAB Magazine features article by Farrow

The case for using our "total health" as the basis for judging every building and public space is presented here by Tye Farrow and Sharon VanderKaay in SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) magazine.

"The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health?" asks us to expand our thinking about the sustainability movement to a embrace a "cause health" environmental regeneration model. The Cause Health model is derived from Antonovsky's concept of salutogenesis.

At the intersection between individual and public health there are shared interests that can serve to accelerate progress in the sustainability movement.

This approach builds prosperity by moving upstream to reduce the unsustainable burden of illness on society. Such a culture shift would create places that allow us to thrive mentally, physically and socially.

This notion of "total health" extends beyond the state of our physical health, to include qualities that affect our state of mind.

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Farrow presents in three Australian cities

TORONTO, March 9, 2015 - Tye Farrow will present "The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health?" in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, March 23-26. He is participating in a National Seminar Series sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects, details here.   

These talks will focus on the need to think beyond sustainability to thrive-ability from an economic, cultural and physical perspective. Examples will be presented that demonstrate how design can advance "total health", which extends beyond our physical condition to encompass our state of mind.

 

Saskatchewan Integrated Health Centre Opens

The opening for Farrow-designed Kipling Integrated Health Centre was celebrated on March 13. Art Van Maren, president of VanMar Constructors, provided construction services for this design-build project. He reports on the enthusiastic reception stakeholders, “Local client representatives all complimented our team during their speeches. One of the comments made was that we raised the bar on design and construction in Saskatchewan. MHPM and Sun Country said the design-build experience was great. They loved all the daylight in the facility, the cheerful colors, the layout and functionality.” Here is the news release. 

 

Farrow's St. Mary's Hospital in global top ten 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 design featured in Globe Real Estate

Dave LeBlanc’s article, “A house with a twist” in The Globe and Mail describes Farrow's design as “...exquisite on the inside, displaying meticulous detail in one thoughtful space after another.” Tye Farrow explains, “We were trying to create something that you’d feel comfortable in that was emotional...What really makes you feel good? Those are the elements that I think are really important that we have to capture.” Read the full article here.

 

Farrow featured in AIA Magazine

Farrow Partnership's design for the Credit Valley Hospital: Peel Regional Cancer and Ambulatory Care Centre continues to reflects a space of hope and contemplation. Read the article in the American Institute of Architects' magazine here.

 

St. Mary's Hospital featured in World Health Design Journal

TORONTO, July 28, 2014 - Designed to be North America's first carbon-neutral hospital, St. Mary's is featured in the latest issue of World Health Design.  Read the article here.

 
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