Wednesday, 27 July 2016
By now you’ve surely heard about the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. For the uninitiated, it is a smartphone game requiring players to move around the real world in order to find and capture fantasy creatures called Pokemon. Once encountered, players see the digitally-created Pokemon overlaid onto the live camera feed of their smartphones.
This type of digital-physical mash-up is referred to as augmented reality (AR for short), and it’s not really that new. The first written description of the concept was made by author L. Frank Baum in 1901. More recently, if you’ve ...[more]
Monday, 18 July 2016
The 21st century has brought a big change to urban planning: the rise of the innovation district. Defined by The Brookings Institution as “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators,” innovation districts have seized the minds of community leaders around the world, with districts already in Barcelona, Boston, Cambridge, London, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Seoul, and St. Louis, to name a few.
This three-part blog series, by Luke Voiland AIA, will focus on ...[more]
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]
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Shepley Bulfinch’s Jennifer Aliber and Lauren Janney talk about the application of Lean principles to reduce patient wait times and increase value-added time with for patients and staff at a Massachusetts urgent care center in “Let It Flow,” the cover story in the April issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.
In the article, Lindsay Gainer of North Shore Physicians Group also discusses the “on-stage” and “off-stage” circulation and collaborative team work area in the new center, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Chris Backous of the Virginia Mason Institute talks about the migration ...[more]
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome healthcare planning and design leader Bryan D. Jones, AIA, LEED AP, as a director in the firm’s Houston office, where he will lead its regional healthcare practice.
“We’re excited to have Bryan leading our healthcare practice in Texas,” said Shepley Bulfinch President Carole Wedge, FAIA, announcing the appointment. “He has a deep knowledge of the Texas healthcare market and is highly regarded for his expertise in resilient facility design.”
Bryan has led the design and delivery of major healthcare projects across Texas, including the Jennie ...[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, 17 March 2016
In a February 29 ceremony attended by members of the university community, legislative leaders, and donors, the University of Houston marked the start of construction for Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Tellepsen Builders.
The building will be home to the UH College of Pharmacy, including the planned UH Center for Drug Discovery and Development; and the University of Houston’s Integrated Care Center, which will provide primary medical and behavioral health services for the underserved in ...[more]