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  • Published: 12 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781580935340
  • Imprint: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $85.00
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Fusion

The Performance of Architecture



In this first monograph, award-winning firm Payette demonstrates its engagement with architecture that balances cutting-edge design, extraordinary efficiency, and humane values.

Fusion: The Performance of Architecture explores the work of award-winning, Boston-based architecture firm Payette, a leader in the design of complex settings for science and healthcare.

Payette’s work embodies the integration of design and performance that is essential to the creation of humane and sustainable buildings of any type. To achieve this integration amidst the programmatic intricacy, technological complexity, and intense energy use of hospitals and laboratories, the firm draws on its almost ninety-year history of progressive innovation. It draws, as well, on an inclusive, collaborative, research-oriented culture that is a model for the profession. 

Fusion presents Payette’s philosophy and traces the firm’s contributions through concise histories of laboratory and hospital design. It explores the core principles that underlie its work—Identity and Transformation, Materiality and Craft, Taming Complexity and Measuring Performance—and digs deeply into seven of the firm’s most recent projects. Other chapters describe the process of nurturing the design excellence and practice culture that earned Payette the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

The monograph’s 400 diagrams, drawings, and photographs reveal the firm’s principles and methods, along with the open-source tools it has developed to enable it to design, not “by the numbers,” but with the numbers. A gallery of architectural “fingerprints” presents plan views of more than 100 of Payette’s projects, drawn to a common scale.

With a preface by Z Smith, Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at EskewDumezRipple, and an introduction from Kevin Sullivan, President of Payette, Fusion includes essays by Sullivan and partners James Collins, George Marsh, Leon Drachman, Andrea Love and Peter Vieira, as well as a critical reflection by Mark Lee, Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  • Published: 12 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781580935340
  • Imprint: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $85.00
Categories:

About the authors

James Collins

James Collins is an elite sports nutritionist to the highest performing people on this planet. He has worked with Olympic medallists, Arsenal FC (as the club’s first ever performance nutritionist), France Football (2018 World Cup winners) and is currently working with UEFA, leading a team of scientists to create guidelines for nutrition in world football. He was previously elected President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Food and Health Forum and he has his own private practice in Harley Street (The Centre for Health and Human Performance) where he sees clients from all walks of life, helping them achieve their physical and mental best.

He writes a monthly column in The Telegraph and regularly contributes to the BBC’s Good Food website. In 2018, he worked with a group of celebrities on the BBC’s annual Sport Relief challenge and collaborated with the BBC to support London Marathon runners. He is soon to launch his own podcast, in which he will interview top talent from the world of sports, entertainment and business on how they apply nutrition to their busy lives.

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