Passive Design as Integrated Design Practice

The following excerpt is taken from a white paper co-authored by Rod Kruse, FAIA (BNIM), Alfredo Fernández-González (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Ulrike Passe (Iowa State University) and Jörg Rügemer (University of Utah). The paper will be presented at the World Renewable Energy Forum National Solar Energy Conference taking place next month in Denver.
Click here to read the complete paper.

PASSIVE DESIGN AS INTEGRATED DESIGN PRACTICE ON LARGER SCALE PROJECTS.

Promoting Obsolescence

There have been many advances in systems thinking, sustainable design and technology over the last two decades, but when one considers the relationship between population growth and diminished carrying capacity of the planet’s life support systems, the most positive observation that can be made at this point is: nice start, but now’s the time to begin the real work!

Creating a Dance Energy

Making the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

“At a time when most cities are reducing investment in the arts, how refreshing it is to be in Kansas City where the arts are flourishing.” — Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
From Huffington Post

A New Kind of ROI: How BNIM is Using Social Media to Execute City Planning Projects

Social media has dramatically altered the news cycle and the way information is shared. This case study demonstrates how social media is redefining the way a local architecture firm does business – from finding and winning a project through community engagement and execution. On April 27, 2011 a tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama as part of a large and violent outbreak of storms that left widespread devastation in their wake. Not long after, a message was directed toward BNIM on Twitter via a fellow user, @AndrewBeckGrace.

Behind the Scenes of the Kauffman Center

For more than a decade, BNIM has nurtured a heartfelt connection to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The grassy hill seen from our offices has evolved each day to become a crowning achievement for Kansas City and our region. BNIM is extraordinarily proud of our role as associate architect in making this great vision a reality. Many talented individuals within our firm have used their considerable skills and training to execute an incredibly precise instrument for the Performing Arts.

Apps for Archs

With the advent of the iPhone, and now the iPad, there are a plethora of “apps” that you didn’t even know you needed before the smartphone arrived on the scene. You’ve heard the ubiquitous statement “There’s an app for that”, but the reality is that there really are many applications that can make our life and work easier with just a swipe and a tap. We recently polled our staff to discover what apps they use on a regular basis in their projects and processes.

These are just a few of the various apps that high-tech BNIM-ers are using on-the-go:

Picturing "Home-for-All"

In the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Japan in May 2011, many people were forced into temporary housing.

In response, architects Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma and Kazuyo Sejima called upon the international architectural community by developing a program called ‘Picturing “Home-for-All”’. “Home for All’ entries were to be sized at 30 square meters and act as a small living room for the people affected.

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