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Making a MakerSpace

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MakerSpaceThe term gets tossed around like confetti at a parade, but what are MakerSpaces and what makes them tick?

Libraries have long been the intellectual hub of their campus or community. For the past decade, we’ve witnessed the transformation of libraries from fortresses of knowledge to information gateways.

MakerSpaces merge education and community, demand fluency with evolving technologies, foster a more active learning process and directly reflect the changing norms of the educational environment.

What your community of users needs is unique to your institution. How do you make the vision of a MakerSpace a reality?

Start by establishing a set of guiding principles.

These ...[more]

Calling the Phoenix Financial Center home

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shepley Bulfinch’s Arizona office is settling in to a new home in the South Rotunda of the iconic Phoenix Financial Center as the building prepares to mark its 50th anniversary.

On September 20, Shepley Bulfinch’s move was the subject of a major piece in the Arizona Republic, “Phoenix architects renovate, move in to Phoenix landmark.”

Paired with the Center’s signature ‘punchcard’ tower, the distinctive inverted concrete arches and domed roof of the south Rotunda make the Center one of Midtown’s most prominent landmarks. Inside, a stained glass starburst graces the top of the ...[more]

American Libraries celebrates Berry Library design

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Salem State - Berry Library stairThe signature red stair of the new Frederick Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State is prominently featured in American Libraries’ 2014 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue.

The floating form of the cantilevered stair reinforces the emphasis of the design on space and openness. A pleated glass wall overlooks the new academic quad, which conceals a 48-well geothermal field below.

The library has been buzzing with activity since it opened its doors at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. It ...[more]

Tennessee children’s hospital marks construction start

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ETCH groundbreaking - children with shovelsEast Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 19, marking the start of construction for a major expansion on its Knoxville campus. Community leaders, hospital staff, and young pediatric patients and their families gathered to celebrate the occasion on the site of the planned five-story building.

“It will provide a lot better space for families and a lot better opportunity for us to take good care of their kids,” said hospital CEO Keith Goodwin. “We have to give [our medical staff] the kind of environment that allows ...[more]

Boston park will ‘Sparkle & Chime’ with Shepley art installation

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sparkle & Chime art installation

It’s dusk on an evening in October, and as you walk through Evans Way Park in Boston’s Fenway, you are accompanied by ethereal chiming and shimmering reflections in the trees above you.

The Fenway Alliance selected Sparkle & Chime, designed by architect Jean Kim of Shepley Bulfinch, as the audiovisual installation at Evans Way Park for several weeks in October. The installation is part of the Fenway Alliance’s 13th annual Opening Our Doors, which will be held on October 13.

Every year for the past 12 years, Opening Our Doors has welcomed the public to experience ...[more]

Rural Studio’s enduring lessons

Monday, 11 August 2014

It’s not all about you.

That was the first lesson I learned in architecture school. Kicking off my architectural education at Auburn with the Rural Studio showed me the power of selfless design and taught me other invaluable life and professional lessons. For more than 20 years, the Rural Studio program has given architecture students like me a hands-on education, designing and building homes and community structures for underserved communities in rural Alabama.

Looking back, I can define my experience in five simple lessons:

It’s about your client. A lot of people go through school, believing that they are working on ‘their’ projects. Presentations and critiques can get very personal, with a lot ...[more]

Think laterally: entrepreneurship and liberal arts education

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Steve Erwin AIA, LEED API spent time a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh at SCUP 49, the national conference of the Society for College and University Planning. Many of the discussions circled around ideation and collaboration.

In one of the more thought-provoking sessions I attended, the focus was on how a small liberal arts school was using “entrepreneurial” processes to put a framework around collaborative and critical problem solving. It was striking to see an approach developed by and associated with business education used as a productive experiential framework for learning rather than the more predictable emphasis ...[more]

Environmental honors for DEC Center

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LEED GoldThe DEC Center at Philadelphia University has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and a shout-out in two design publications.

“Philadelphia University is a leader in both sustainability education and practices on our campus,” said university president Stephen Spinelli Jr. “These are critically important issues in the 21st century.”

Some of the sustainable strategies that earned the DEC Center its LEED Gold Certification include its stormwater management system, heat-reducing green roof, water-efficient faucets and toilets, solar pre-heat of hot water, energy-efficient lighting, partial geothermal power from the University’s first ...[more]