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New Landmark Library Award Winner Transforming Campus and Student Experience

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

VCU Cabell Library Brutalist Design renovation transparency

The Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Library project exemplifies the potential to transform an introverted mid-century building into a state-of-the-art facility that enlivens an entire campus.

The existing building lacked critical spaces for individual and group study, collaboration, and social interaction. In response, the addition and renovation nearly double seating capacity and introduce a range of multi-functional, flexible spaces that will allow the ...[more]

What Pokemon Go can teach us about the future of architecture: Part 2

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

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In our last post we discussed how, for the first time for many people, Pokemon Go introduced an augmented reality (AR) that is both mobile and interactive, seamlessly integrating digital elements with our physical surroundings. We also posited that as this technology progresses, AR will have a profound effect on the practice of architecture, both on the buildings we design and the tools and methods we use to design them. For this post, we’d like to share a few ideas from these two realms.

But first, imagine augmented reality has made the leap from the screens of our phones and ...[more]

Planning for Collections: Balancing Digital Trends, Physical Realities, and Pedagogy

Monday, 29 August 2016

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Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.

Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[more]

If we build it…

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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If we build it, will they come? This was one of the many questions posed this spring at the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Forum. Shepley Bulfinch, along with other national design and academic leaders, was invited to participate in a series of roundtables, concluding with a national forum in Washington, D.C. The challenge was lofty: to discuss and determine what is “now and next” in classroom design and instruction.

Of particular interest to us was the idea of institutions experimenting with learning spaces, essentially testing, what works today and what will be flexible enough to evolve with changing pedagogies. Experimenting with learning ...[more]

2016 Citation of Merit: The Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office

Monday, 15 August 2016

Phoenix Office

We are so proud to announce that our Phoenix office, located in the South Rotunda of the Phoenix Financial Center, was recently awarded a Citation of Merit as a part of the 2016 Docomomo US Modernism in America Awards.

While we are always honored by the awards we win, it is especially rewarding when we are recognized for those we are intimately familiar with; we love spending each day in our Phoenix office, and it is exciting to ...[more]

White Elephants or Crystal Palaces?

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Rio GraphicThis Friday, the lights of the world stage will come on in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It will be the first time the Games will be held in South America, and the first time the “Summer” Olympics will actually be held during the winter. This latter fact, one that many have perhaps not considered, should serve as a reminder for all of us watching to remain cognizant of the discrepancies between the manner in which this event is broadcast and discussed in the international media versus what it ...[more]

Bridging a classic liberal arts institution and its future

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

 

IMG_1744We recently had the honor of participating in the dedication of the new West Campus Housing District at Wabash College. For three years, Shepley Bulfinch worked with College Administration, Faculty, and Students to transform the entire west side of the college campus into dynamic living spaces within six different buildings.

Student Jonathan Montoya, ’18, was quoted on the Wabash College website as saying, “They were really smart to put in these skylight-type windows. I don’t even turn on the lights because they let in so much light, ...[more]

Allston Landing: The New Kendall Square

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

R_150707_N102 This multi-part blog series, by Luke Voiland AIA, will focus on The Brookings Institution‘s three models of innovation districts: the “anchor plus” model, the “re-imagined urban areas” model, and the “urbanized science park” model. Luke is a principal at Shepley Bulfinch and a leader in the planning and design of innovative learning environments.

Kendall Square wasn’t always the hub of innovation that it is today. After NASA’s plan to relocate to the area ...[more]