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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]

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]

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]

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]

Mid-Century libraries: obsolescence or opportunity?

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Angela Watson, AIAWhile 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]

VCU Cabell Library and urban transformation

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cabell Library - cathedral viewEarlier this month, members of Shepley Bulfinch’s project team were in Richmond for the dedication of the new Cabell Library expansion at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As an intervention in a complex urban context, Cabell Library truly accomplishes the design goals we had intended for it: the way the building massing comfortably nestles into its context, how it responds to change of scale in the urban fabric, the way that building edges and interior space truly engage and activate public campus space, with human activity and interior destinations made legible ...[more]

Bryan Jones joins Houston office as director

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Bryan D. Jones, AIAShepley 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]

Library design: Six elements of a successful process

Monday, 21 March 2016

One of an occasional series

Janette BlackburnPlanning 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]