Why is Kansas City so Hot?

Last week I was in a meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C. This is not a place that I regularly hang out, but we were there being interviewed by the State Department for overseas Embassy design commissions. They were eager to learn more about BNIM and at some point in the session the head of planning blurted out, "What is going on in Kansas City? Why is Kansas City so hot? Why are we hearing so much about architecture, art and music emanating from Kansas City?"

Ada Louise Huxtable

It was a poignant coincidence that last week, as BNIM learned of the 2013 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture for the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, we also sadly learned of the death of Ada Louise Huxtable. Ms.

BNIM 2012 High(light)s

Forty-two years ago, or even ten years ago, BNIM never imagined celebrating the achievements we and our peers and clients have experienced this year. With you, we are on a voyage that will lead to many great discoveries and remarkable designs. Celebrate what is accomplished so far, and imagine what will be next.

Be the Light!

EMBARK | Recently Awarded Work

University of Iowa Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences Addition

BNIM's Eight AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects

We are proud to announce that BNIM Principal, Rod Kruse, FAIA has been selected to serve on the prestigious National Jury of the the American Instititue of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects Awards program which recognizes exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of excellence in sustainable design, demonstrate its benefits, and educate both the profession and the public.

Paul Potash Art Opening at [email protected]

BNIM would like to introduce [email protected], our inhouse art gallery. Continuing BNIM’s long commitment to our local arts communities, [email protected] aspires to become an integral participant in the San Deigo’s Little Italy monthly Kettner Nights art events.

On December 14th, we will host an Open House featuring an exhibit of the photographic work of Paul Potash.

Please contact us if you are an artist interested in exhibiting your work at [email protected].

Bio-retention Rain Water Treatment – Technical Design Issues

Bio-retention rainwater treatment facilities are commonly included in projects, but do they work and what are the most common design errors? At the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architecture National Conference in September, Jim Schuessler (BNIM), James Urban (Urban + Soils), and Kevin Robert Perry (Nevue Ngan) presented to over 300 professionals, discussing technical issues and solutions.

USA Today Story on LEED was Frank but Misleading

After an hour with Tom Frank I knew that his Special Report in USA Today last week would probably not be consistent with my view of the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and its impact on the performance of buildings and developments in North America and worldwide. What I didn’t know was that even though we didn’t discuss it, he would argue many of the points I had argued early in the creation of the LEED system: it doesn’t do enough to require energy efficiency and high performance design, and it’s possible to game the system.