BNIM’s work to design the U.S. Embassy expansion in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, was an opportunity to showcase the tenets of eco-diplomacy in an ever-changing built environment with a design that represents the United States while honoring local culture. Within the bustling, vibrant city, the team drew inspiration from four dominant characteristics capturing the spirit of the place: the hills, the people, the movement, and the textures.
We celebrated the October 6 dedication of the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts, designed in collaboration with Steven Holl, with a countdown of personal revelations from the BNIM design team.
In anticipation of this year’s AIA Kansas City 2017 Design Excellence Awards on November 10, we are featuring the Pacific Center Campus Development: Research + Development Building, a recipient of last year’s award.
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.
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.
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
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.