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For most of us, it is a fact of life that we will end up spending time in a hospital or health care facility at some point in our lives. Whether we are the patient, or visiting a parent, spouse, friend or family member, we want our time spent in a hospital to be as comfortable as possible. As the patient, we need hospitals to be the place where we can get the best care possible, while getting back on our feet as quickly as possible. As a visitor, the more comfortable and less clinical a hospital feels, the more at home we can feel.

In this month's issue, we take a closer look at how evidence-based design shapes the design of health care facilities. The Center for Health Design's mission is to transform health care environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. The nonprofit is dedicated to engaging and supporting professionals and organizations in the health care and design industry to improve the quality of health care facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. Through the use of evidence-based design principles, many architects are designing better health care centers. Learn more here.

Also this month, we talk to Ed Mazria, founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, about the 2030 Challenge. We take a look at where we are with 15 years to go, and talk to architects whose firms are involved in the challenge. We also look at what needs to be done to reach the 2030 Challenge's lofty goals, and where we go once we reach 2030. Read more here.

In this month's Building Profile, we take a closer look at NASA's Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, Calif. Unlike any other government building, it was created with the vision that everything about its design would support both human and planetary well-being. Make sure to check out this unique facility that is simultaneously a working office space, a showcase for NASa technology and a peak of what the future may hold for buildings.

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