Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The 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]
Friday, 15 August 2014
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]
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]
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
I 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]
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
The 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]
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Shepley Bulfinch has named Matthew Bohne as the firm’s 2014 Summer Design Fellow. Matt, who will begin his final year in the B.Arch./B.F.A. program at the Rhode Island School of Design, was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates.
During his ten-week Fellowship in Shepley’s Boston office, he will be addressing a series of design challenges on a range of scales early in the planning and design process.
Matt’s architectural education is informed by his background in graphic design, using composition on a two-dimensional plane to clearly convey three-dimensional qualities. In the past year, he has explored designing through drawing, and the use of manual and digital drawing techniques ...[more]