The visionary concept of a carbon-absorbing building may soon be a buildable reality, based on a reductive approach to construction—rather than the typical additive one, which builds a structure first and adds to it—, plus materials that sap carbon from the surroundings, and low embodied carbon materials to regenerate carbon-dense environments.
Loyola Marymount University’s Westchester campus’ new School of Film and Television facility, and an outdoor performance stage are both designed with rich materials supporting a minimalist aesthetic and prioritizing functionality to promote the broader learning purpose and connections.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)’s design for San Mateo County’s headquarters, which is currently under construction in the Silicon Valley, features a hybrid mass timber building, to achieve an 85 percent reduction in embodied carbon—which is greater than the 65 to 75 percent reduction generally offered by typical mass timber structures.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has renovated and expanded the Wellesley College Science Complex, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, improving its sustainability performance to help the college achieve its 2040 carbon neutrality goal.
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