November 21, 2019

KieranTimberlake Partners with Industry Leaders on Visionary EC3 Tool

On September 23, 2019, the Carbon Leadership Forum announced the release of a visionary new tool to evaluate the carbon emissions of building materials during the design process. As the impact of embodied carbon has become more widely recognized, the tool was developed in partnership with more than 30 industry leaders with the objective of reducing the carbon footprint of building materials.  
 
Embodied carbon refers to the emissions associated with building material manufacturing and construction. The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (called EC3) is an open-source tool for architects, engineers, building owners, construction companies, material suppliers, et al that allows them to compare the embodied carbon of different construction materials and make selections that reduce those emissions. As new construction continues to accelerate across the country and around the world, empowering the industry to make positive change to reduce harmful emissions is extremely important. 
 
KieranTimberlake acted as an EC3 tool methodology partner in this effort, with KT Innovation's Tally® functioning as a technology partner. Tally was created in 2013 as a software tool to allow designers and other users to evaluate the environmental impacts of their building material selections and design options. The developers of Tally and EC3 worked together to enable a bill of materials generated in Tally to be imported directly into EC3, where the imported materials are matched to manufacturer-specific products and associated embodied carbon figures based on Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).  
 
The assignment of a specific manufacturer product or procurement spec in EC3 ensures the intent of the Tally Life Cycle Analysis is carried through to the completed project, resulting in reduction of embodied carbon and bringing carbon accountability to the building material supply chain. We are looking forward to adding this powerful tool to our practice—in combination with Tally—to further lower the embodied carbon of our projects. 
 
The EC3 tool was demonstrated during Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta and released in November 2019. The public beta version can be accessed at http://buildingtransparency.org/auth/register.

November 19, 2019

The Monacelli Press Publishes New KieranTimberlake Monograph

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our new monograph, titled KieranTimberlake: Fullness, on November 19, 2019. This two-volume set focuses on our work over the past decade--including a range of projects, from the new US Embassy in London, to the renovation of Dilworth Park at Philadelphia's City Hall, and the recyclable dwelling known as Cellophane House™. The book's title reflects its foregrounding of the fully resolved work of architecture, in contrast to the design fragments that came to the fore in earlier monographs. The first volume features sweeping views of each project, showcasing the visual integrity of the work, while the second volume reveals the sum of its parts--through drawings, diagrams, and stories. Together, they capture the communicative, collaborative nature of our process and the alchemy of art and science that gives rise to final form.  
 
Architect and author John Hill recently reviewed Fullness for the site A Daily Dose of Architecture Books. Read the full commentary. 

Four projects stand out from the seventeen: Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, the firm's skillful renovation of the dormitories Eero Saarinen designed for students at Yale University; Quaker Meeting House and Arts Center, an addition to their earlier Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, best known as the school where Barack and Michelle Obama enrolled their daughters; Ortlieb's Bottling House, the new home of KieranTimberlake; and the US Embassy in London, a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime project. Ranging from restoration and adaptive reuse to a simple, one-room place for prayer and a highly complex office building in another continent, these buildings illustrate the variety of KieranTimberlake's projects and prove they are one of the best architecture firms in the US. Compared to their first monograph, Manual, which revealed how their buildings were physically constructed, and the conceptual threads uniting Inquiry, their second monograph, Fullness is more straightforward, even though the "fullness" is achieved by splitting the monograph into two halves.