Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Virtual reality is a powerful tool for designers. While still in the early stages of development in architecture, with this tool, we can offer our clients a familiar language for understanding design, beyond the interpretation of 2D drawings or even 3D models. Sharing this type of experience eliminates the need to explain what a space is or how it functions. It allows us to be a fly on the wall, and gives us greater insight into how people will intuitively perceive and navigate through spaces.
Using virtual reality has an aspect ...[more]
Thursday, 7 April 2016
While the library’s importance to higher education has remained constant, its physical shape has changed dramatically over the course of the last century.
19th century academic libraries reflected the pedagogy and culture of the period: formal buildings with grand spaces and quiet, well-appointed reading rooms. By the middle of the 20th century these buildings faced a new challenge. Unable to respond to cultural shifts, rapid enrollment and collections growth, many of them were abandoned to other programs or demolished, making room for the new “library of the future.” These 20th century “state of ...[more]
Monday, 21 March 2016
One of an occasional series
Planning the transformation of an academic library is likely to involve an expanded mix of users. This may include new partners and will call for a dynamic, inclusive process.
Some helpful strategies include
Map the journey
Think of your process as a travel guide for your journey and the destination is the completion of your library project. Plan for unexpected stops and side trips along the way, but keep the final destination in sight.
Make it open and collaborative
Use the process to harness different perspectives, create a campus-wide buzz, and build ...[more]
Thursday, 10 March 2016
The Awty International School’s new Early Learning Campus will provide the school’s next generation with opportunities for learning, vehicles for exploration and plenty of space for play.
Parents, teachers, and staff will see a safe, secure campus over three times the size of the existing facility, with spaces that accommodate the school’s rich programs and reflect its dedication to students’ development as future leaders, thinkers, and people of character.
It is all this and more. Creating the Early Learning Campus calls for more than an architect’s skills. It means seeing the world through a child’s eyes. It is about creating a world filled with opportunities for learning, vehicles for exploration, and abundant ...[more]
Monday, 29 February 2016
What trends can pediatric hospitals, staff, and patient families expect to see in NICU design? Family-forward design and strategies for addressing market and functional pressures.
Several of the sessions at the Gravens Conference on neonatal intensive care earlier this month focused on strategies for enhancing the NICU experience for parents and other family members. As a parent of a former NICU baby and now a healthcare architect for a firm with an extensive pediatric hospital portfolio, I found this heartening.
Among the new parent-supportive room types are
- Couplet Care Rooms, which combine the functions ...[more]
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
In all sizes and colors, they congregate on monitors, desktops, and walls. We use them as reminders to ourselves and others. They help us think and synthesize.
Most of all, they help us communicate and collaborate with each other and our clients. Whether bent into an impromptu stair model or used in a client workshop, they are part of our design process.
The installation in our office and the video below are a tribute and yet another adaptation of the mighty sticky note, which first originated as a mistake in the labs of ...[more]
Monday, 25 January 2016
What can seem simple or mundane to us, can be magical through the eyes of a child. How often do we, as designers, grab our sketchbooks every day? We all use them in different ways: some of our sketchbooks are filled with meticulous drawings. Others, like mine, have pages filled with meeting notes and project to-do lists, with the occasional reminder to pick up a black shirt to complete a Halloween costume.
I carry my sketchbook with me everywhere, fill the pages, and grab another. What I write is not precious, it’s ...[more]
Friday, 6 November 2015
Everyone in the design community is talking about Virtual Reality, and that’s not surprising. It seems like every new design tool and technology comes with a promise to help us work more efficiently and more effectively. As a rookie user, I have to say that my VR experience has opened my eyes to the future of design.
When Angeline from our IT team mentioned that she’d been developing a virtual tool that would let users experience their 3D SketchUp models in VR, I jumped at the chance to test it on the NICU (neonatal ...[more]