Arts education and engagement are key to the development of a culturally rich and diverse society. Many have explored and proven the significant role that the arts play in human development, yet funding for the arts is typically the first to be cut from budgets. Many arts projects are subject to lengthy fundraising efforts and dependent upon private donations. It is often a small contingency of dedicated patrons who perpetuate the arts’ vitality.
Two seemingly opposing trends about the use of college libraries have recently emerged. First, gate counts have never been higher; more students are using the library than ever before. Second, the use of books and printed material - what many have assumed is the original purpose of the library — has never been lower. Contemporary research libraries are positioning themselves as a network hub of scholarly knowledge, and the role of the librarian continues to evolve.
The emergence of precision medicine over recent years is dramatically changing the way professionals approach health and healthcare. The concept of individual healthcare, customized to the unique needs of each patient, has garnered support and momentum from notable physicians and public figures, as well as the National Institute of Health. With these changes comes the need to rethink the way we approach health science education.
The technological advances now available has rapidly changed the manner in which education is delivered. Interestingly, it is often community colleges— unfairly perceived by many as the stepchildren of higher education—that are very much at the forefront of innovative, experiential learning, and in many ways are well-equipped to position students for the transition already underway in today’s dynamic global economy.
In early June, OneBNIM convened in Kansas City for our annual design Symposium. BNIM’s annual Symposium is a celebration of our firm culture — all that it is and all that it aspires to be. It is an opportunity for us to come together and engage in thoughtful discussion, make connections, and explore the unexpected.
The development of the ECCA lands presents an opportunity not just for vibrant new neighborhoods, but also for the restoration and reclamation of rich ecosystems and habitat within the city. In a larger context, the site has the potential to become a core area in Edmonton's ecological network, providing a critical link to the river and regional habitat via ecological stepping-stones and corridors in the city.