When BNIM first moved our offices online at the end of March in response to the rapidly evolving global health crisis, it was essential to quickly and effectively adapt to protect the health and well-being of our employees, clients, and community. Over the course of two months, the realities of how we interact both in social and professional settings has changed.
Even before the pandemic, climate action required of humanity a new way of living – a way that is less consumptive and destructive, and more regenerative and generous. While still acknowledging the horrible human suffering that the pandemic has wreaked and the societal inequities that it has laid bare, it has also given us a glimpse into how our global community can respond in unison and with care for each other ... with generosity and within a different kind of flow.
Flatten the (COVID) Curve
In 1938, the art-deco style Charity Hospital was constructed to expand the public healthcare resources available to the City of New Orleans. Charity was a teaching hospital that stood as a beacon of hope for many in the community. Following Hurricane Katrina, the one-million square foot building was shuttered and still stands vacant today, leaving an emptiness in what was once a bustling area of the City.
More than ever before, project documentation procedures face increased constraints by timelines, clients, delivery methods, project types, and municipalities. As part of BNIM’s Redesigning Design efforts, we are synthesizing our specification process from a one-size-fits-all approach to an approach that employs various, distinct specification tactics and related templates. This is BNIM’s plan to support an efficient construction process for everyone involved.
This holiday season, we are celebrating the past 49 years of BNIM, recognizing the defining moments, milestones, and remarkable individuals who have shaped BNIM’s story and continue to shine a light on the path ahead.
Overlaying BNIM’s history is a series of integral themes that embody our core purpose and underscore BNIM’s commitment to sustainability and design.
Since 1970, BNIM staff have:
On winning 2019 Architect 50's number one ranking for sustainability, author Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson writes, "The green ethos has become so baked in at BNIM that the word “sustainability” isn’t bandied about as it once was. “It’s so much a part of who we are and how we work, it’s almost redundant to use that word. We are truly focused on outcomes,” McDowell says."
Some time ago, during the intense discussions about naming a Kansas City street after Dr. King, some thoughtful person proposed that the thoroughfare to be named should be 1-435. I thought that was a great and appropriate suggestion worthy of debate. I don’t know the name of the individual who made this suggestion – they should get credit - but I would like to expand on that idea.