Save A Sample! announces that Kim Farrah and Chris Youssef of the Perkins+Will Transparency Project will be 2012’s Save A Sample! Scholarship Awards Celebration guest speakers. Farrah and Youssef will present a talk entitled “The Transparency Site: Creating a Dialogue About Harmful Building Materials in the Design Industry.”
The Transparency Site, which is an outgrowth of Perkins+Will's Precautionary List, is the building industry's first database to detail substances that are known or suspected to be harmful to human health and the environment.
"By focusing on components commonly found in building materials, the original Precautionary List filters a mass of information regarding substances to arm architects and designers with the knowledge necessary to ensure they do no harm,” says Youssef. “The new Transparency Site is intended to educate architects and designers about asthma and flame-retardants by taking elements that are otherwise ignored and bringing them to the forefront of everyone's attention for discussion with each other and manufacturers. Again, we are looking toward a long-term goal of market transformation, but this time we are asking designers and manufacturers to engage in a dialogue.”
Farrah and Youssef will discuss the role of the Perkins+Will Transparency Site in changing how the design industry selects products for their projects.
The Save A Sample! celebration will be held April 26, 2012 in New York City. To learn more about Save A Sample! or to find out about national, city and prize sponsorship opportunities, contact Save A Sample!'s coordinator, Jessica Garcia Fritz, at (212) 352-2002 ext. 11 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.