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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]

Urban Innovation: a canopy of light and sound

Monday, 1 August 2016

Chime In 4

Yesterday afternoon, after three long days of toiling away under the I-93 overpass between South Boston and the South End, the Shepley Bulfinch team presented their final design concept, “Chime In,” before an audience of hack-a-thon participants, volunteers, and interested spectators… and the judges selected Chime In for the Most Innovative Design award! Congrats, team!

Over the course of the weekend, Christina Long, Scott Slarksy, Jay Verspyck, Stephen Russell, Laura Tittle, Katharine ...[more]

What Pokemon Go can teach us about the future of architecture

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

 

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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]

The ‘Anchor Plus’ Innovation District & The Anchor Institution

Monday, 18 July 2016

R_150707_N102The 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 multi-part blog series, by Luke Voiland AIA, will focus on ...[more]