Context is never more important than when we work with existing buildings. In our attempt to breathe new life into structures that have already had a life, we are encouraged to consider what the existing building is telling us, and to engage in a dialogue with it. In the best projects, such as these two at Missouri State University, both the existing building and the new intervention are made better as a result of this dialogue.
When BNIM invited us to collaborate on their project with the Water Services Department, we were delighted. We already knew about the importance of water and how most of us take the health of our water supply for granted. We also knew how important it is to educate children as soon as possible about local (and global) issues that will affect their world tremendously both now and in the future.
A Lean Perspective
In the cold January of 1910, a construction worker prepared a new school floor underlayment, using the morning’s newspaper to fill imperfections in the wood sleepers before pouring vermiculite to fill the space below the new wood floor. In the alternately warm and cold January of 2013, construction workers are preparing this same floor — at the Bancroft School in Kansas City, MO — for its new life as a LEED Platinum affordable apartment.
Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture and Planning celebrated its annual “Professional Practice Week” from January 21, 2013 – to January 25, 2013 and I was fortunate to represent BNIM for one of the week’s plenary sessions.
The session’s theme was “Collaborating with the Public; Advocating for the Social,” and it began with public lectures from Simon Allford, Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and myself.
BNIM is thrilled to announce our newest Fellow, Greg Sheldon!!
What makes Greg so exceptional, you might ask? Well, aside from his excellent taste in wine, his endearing personality and his wonderful family, he's a pretty darned good architect, too.
Let us share a few things about Greg.
We have no doubt that by the last line of this tidy little summary of Greg's career, you'll be cheering for him too. Congratulations, Greg!!
All of us at BNIM were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Adele Hall’s passing earlier this week. We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Hall family for their loss.
In 2007, BNIM embarked on two book projects to share how the integrated design process shaped two highly sustainable projects at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: The School of Nursing and Student Community Center and the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building.
Last Monday, there were many reasons to take time out and celebrate, including to recognize the arts as a lead player in the on-going transformation of Kansas City. 250-people gathered near Union Station, at the Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, for a community celebration of not only midtown Kansas City’s own creative powerhouse, but to celebrate the power and promise of the arts to propel our community forward.
An appreciation for beauty connects all human beings, yet the diversity of what is considered beautiful is larger than any one mind can comprehend. It is a magnificent paradox.
In part, nature defines beauty. There are universal measures that are inherent in nature, such as the golden ratio and the golden spiral.