Response to Harvey

Imagine a green cities/green infrastructure movement across the US. Imagine vibrant and resilient renewed American cities and communities that compel people to inhabit and are in harmony and balance with nature.

Our hearts are full of sorrow for the people who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The loss of life and property, and disruption of daily activities will be a long process of healing and recovery. It will not be easy.

Bringing the “Outside In”: The Making of an Interactive Fiber Wall in BNIM’s New Workplace

The fiber art installation is the first thing you notice upon entering BNIM’s new Kansas City office. “Outside In” was designed and created by Sally Linville, the creative director and founder of The City Girl Farm; her mother and fellow fiber artist, Susan Ebright; and BNIM interior designer, Carly Pumphrey. The biophilic design brings the natural world into the BNIM workplace through nature-inspired warm colors and sheep’s wool.

Confluence: A Sculptural Installation Brings Life to Kansas City’s West Bottoms

BNIM collaborated with artist Ben Wolf on Confluence, a sculptural installation in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

Ben is a sculptor and metal fabricator based in Detroit. He uses abandoned materials to create spaces for people to congregate, sharing experiences evoked by the implied history of the reclaimed materials within their specific site context.

Artist Ben Wolf at his studio

The Practice of Practicing Mindfulness in the Architectural Profession

Have you ever been in the middle of a shower and forgotten if you’ve shampooed? Or, gone through an intersection and thought, “I hope that light was green!” Have you ever triumphantly argued with someone, but realized you weren’t actually talking with anyone — the entire exchange was in your head? These are examples of ‘unmindfulness’ — moments of disconnection with our existence because we are distracted by our thoughts and fears.

Rethink, Restore, and Repurpose: A New Design for K-State’s Historic Seaton Hall Complex

Walking through BNIM, there is an unmistakable presence — chipboard models with columns of Corinthian order, original blueprints (yes, the blue kind), and LED monitors lit with laser scans of buildings detailed enough to show the exact split-face depth of 1870s limestone blocks. These unique interactions between old and new fuel BNIM’s passion for renovations and adaptive reuse projects.

Sixteen: How Narrative Gave a Second Life to this Abandoned Neighborhood

Sixteen is a provocation that uses fictional narrative to guide the design process. As it applies to architecture, narrative prioritizes the human experience. It can be utilized and applied to the built environment in many different forms — but always in an experiential and emotional dimension that justifies an idea, spatial sequence, and form. It transcends daylight studies, space planning, and other data-driven findings — and transforms quantified space into place.

Virtual Reality in Practice: Q&A with Brandon Wlosinski, BNIM Manager of Virtual Design and Construction

Visualization tools have long been used to communicate spatial properties and bring them to life for stakeholders. Now, with the onset of virtual reality (VR), anyone donning goggles or Google Cardboard can become deeply immersed in an architectural experience. This participation removes boundaries by creating a direct connection to the design and intent — and can even create a dialogue between communities. It’s a radical disruption of the feedback loop and iterative design process.