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Expanding the Innovation Ecosystem

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

BSA Committee Explores How Sharing Space and Resources Catalyzes Biotech Ventures

What is the relationship between space and innovation in the workplace? IT startups have been engaging in this conversation for years, leading to the creation of several successful co-working facilities. But what about other industries? Can the “incubator model” be re-imagined across entrepreneurial ventures to foster other successful innovative ecosystems?

BSA’s Committee for Research and Innovation Design overwhelmingly decided the answer is yes, at its inaugural meeting last week at LabCentral in Boston.

Committee Co-Chairs Luke Voiland, AIA, principal with Shepley Bulfinch, and Lynn Petermann, AIA, associate with Payette, partnered with first-of-its kind ...[more]


ABX VR FOMO: spreading the love

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

VR Presentation ABX2016 VR in ArchitectureLast week Cameron Reid and I represented the Shepley Bulfinch Geeks by participating in Construction VR’s booth and ABX2016. It was a collaborative effort of groups in the area who are using VR within the AEC industry. It was exhilarating to be part of a true community of VR enthusiasts who weren’t looking to sell a product, but were excited to share their experiences and provide support for those looking to bring VR into their own practice.

We had visitors from all over the AEC community, including a number of ...[more]

Lab of the Future Meetup

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

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On Wednesday, November 2nd, Shepley Bulfinch was proud to host the Boston-area “Lab of the Future” Meetup group’s first official meetup at our office. With Lab Design as the theme for the first meetup, organizers Lindsey Christensen and Robin Shin arranged for the discussion to revolve around laboratory design happening in our own backyards at Harvard and MIT. After mingling over pizza and drinks (courtesy of the event’s co-sponsor TetraScience), attendees took their seats for the two-part presentation.

The Harvard piece focused on the new Pagliuca Harvard Life ...[more]

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

AR, Augmented Reality, design, innovation, Pokemon, Pokemon Go future of architecture
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 ...[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]

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]