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Affinity mapping: harnessing the wisdom of the crowd

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Last July we held a large-scale affinity mapping charrette as a way of gathering data about people’s day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. The affinity map proved to be a very effective tool for aggregating the collective wisdom of the crowd.

Collective intelligence in the digital realm is an idea that’s gained more traction in the past couple of years. Think of the crowdsourcing used to build the Linux operating system or Google’s search algorithms. What makes affinity mapping unique is its use as an analog tool to document collective intelligence. Even better, it creates a physical representation of the group’s collective thinking: the Post-It diagram.

The process of creating that physical artifact ...[more]

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]

Shepley Bulfinch Completes New Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University

Monday, 3 October 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University New Landmark Library VCU Cabell Library Library Journal

New building defines the academic library of the future, receives first place award from Library Journal

BOSTON – September 29, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, today announced the completion of the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. VCU’s newly expanded and renovated Cabell Library includes 156,000 sf of new construction and improvements to existing library space in the Monroe Park Campus library, providing VCU’s 31,000 ...[more]

A view from the top: innovations in healthcare design and construction

19 November 2015

ABX 2015, Boston, MA

Sidney Bowen, Shepley Bulfinch
Peter Campot, Suffolk Construction
Kenneth Rubinstein, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios

Interior design: Partnership and the design process

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Joe Rondinelli IIDAShepley Bulfinch celebrates World Interior Design Week

Although the design process is defined in phases that follow a linear path design itself isn’t. This is especially true in a project’s early stages. Design in its early stages requires exploration and we embrace the collaboration across the disciplines to achieve our design goals.

The art of creative problem solving has always been based around knowledge. It is this creativity born from the interior designers’ knowledge that informed the model of our internal practice of having the interior designer team integrated instead of in a stand-alone ...[more]

On mid-century modernism

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

When looking at the design aspirations institutions executed in mid-century modernism, one is looking at the forefront of progressive campus design in that era. Concerned at once with the pragmatism of program, form following function, and the honesty of the new building technology of steel and glass, one is looking at a language of forms with universality that could be applied in any place or typological context. What is most striking about many built and unbuilt projects of the mid-century is the theoretical abstrac- tion of the plane on which ...[more]

“Collaboratory” dedicated at Colgate University

Friday, 5 October 2007

Hamilton, NY – The new Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology was dedicated at Colgate University today, creating a new intellectual and social hub for the campus.

The project was designed to rejuvenate the facility and reclaim the library’s prominent place as the University’s major academic building. Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the 160,000 s.f., $57.5 million facility is built on the footprint of the former Case Library. The previous library, which was built in 1951, was isolated from the academic core of the campus and had become cramped and outdated.

During the ceremony, Colgate President Rebecca Chopp applauded the new “collaboratory,” while Provost Lyle Roelofs thanked ...[more]