As a new and relevant certification standard within the design industry, the WELL Building Standard goes beyond sustainability and resource conservation to encompass human-centric design. The standard explores how building design, operations, and behaviors can advance human health and wellbeing. With a history of focusing on the humans within a space, BNIM employs a human-purposed integrated design (HP.id) approach, which shares strong alignments with the WELL Building Standard.
At BNIM, our practice of planning and design is guided by a philosophy of Building Positive. This phrase describes how we leverage our collective knowledge to build upon the positive attributes of community. Inextricably linked to this philosophy is a focus on sustainability and the positive impacts of high-performance green projects.
As a founding member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the establishment of the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, we are continually thrilled by the quality of projects and number of designers committed to building in a similar manner, with a focus on performance metrics as a major driver of design excellence. The annual awards program, which AIA calls “the best-known recognition program for sustainable design excellence,” launched in 1997.
BNIM has long been a thought and action leader in the green building movement, as outlined most recently in our letter of support for the Green New Deal. In anticipation of our 50th year practicing architecture, planning, and design, and as we look towards the future, we have redoubled our commitment to sustainable design by developing a clear, aspirational strategic action plan.
The world’s populations are in peril because the ecosystems that support all living systems are in peril. Human behavior and activity have created an unprecedented spike in greenhouse emissions, pollution, and many other cumulative threats to the survival of life as we know it on our planet. Like many tragedies, this is a case of unintended circumstances.
Troost. The name looms large in Kansas City’s conscience. It is a symbol of racial and economic segregation and public and private disinvestment. For residents up and down Troost Avenue, the street also symbolizes a deep and lively culture; one that embodies life’s complexities, joys, struggles, and sense of community. One that stands in stark contrast to the prevailing stereotypes. Changes are happening along the corridor, and at the intersection of 31st Street and Troost Avenue. Multi-family housing is going up to the north.
Nature is really smart. Damn it. When we pay attention to nature, we seem to get things right. When we don’t, we pay the price. By all measures.
Last year we celebrated the spirit of giving for the 2017 holiday season and encouraged people to give generously. This year, as we reflect upon what it is to be OneBNIM and as we redesign design, we realize that inherent to our mission is the notion of living generously. The difference, of course, is that the single acts are outweighed by a practice of continuously contributing to a whole that outweighs the sum of its parts.