We are Healthy Materials Lab, a design research lab at Parsons School of Design. We are dedicated to a world in which people’s health is placed at the center of all design decisions.
We are committed to raising awareness about toxic chemicals in building products and to creating resources for the next generation of designers and architects to make healthier places for all people to live.
Meet our team
Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design is an interdisciplinary, international, and professionally diverse collective of graduate students, alumni, and faculty with backgrounds in media, architecture, design, community development, education, and business.Get to know us
In the broadest sense, our goals are for healthier spaces and healthier lives. To achieve this, we strive to:
Improve common building materials to reduce exposure to toxics and improve health.
Foster knowledge and awareness of today’s healthier material alternatives—make them more marketable, accessible, and popular.
Empower communities living in poverty to remove toxics in their built environments.
Educate professionals, teachers and students about the issue of material health and enable them to change current practices.
Work with manufacturers to promote transparency and drive innovation.
Healthy Affordable Materials Project
The Healthy Affordable Materials Project is a four-part collaborative that seeks to improve the lives and health of affordable housing residents by reducing the use of toxic materials in building products.
Friends of Healthier Materials | 2019-2022
The Healthy Materials Lab is supported in part by a grant from The JPB Foundation.
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