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Material witnesses: Natural selection

Material witnesses: Natural selection

by Carole WedgeOne of my first architectural impressions as a child was Buckminster Fuller’s dome in Montreal. Having always had a soft spot for it, I was drawn to a video of students conducting a laboratory experiment to see if silkworms could be used as biological...

Creating joy through biophilic design

Creating joy through biophilic design

by Sonja BochartClose your eyes and picture your happy place. Contemplate how your body and your state of mind might feel there: calm, relaxed, peaceful, energized? Is there a breeze, or a particular scent you may experience in this setting? Imagine all of your senses...

Exploring greener design pastures

Exploring greener design pastures

by Sarah BousquetThe wait is over. Greenbuild and ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) 2017 are here—lucky for us, quite literally in our Boston office’s backyard. Combining events for the first time, we’re thrilled to join thousands of green building cohorts from across...

Coral block to the tallest tower

Coral block to the tallest tower

by Sarah Bousquet“My designs have endeavored to clearly belong to their unique environments, from the windswept plains of New Mexico, to the urban streets of New York City.” Alexander (Sandy) Howe, Former Principal, AIAThe Howe Traveling Fellowship is a biennial...

Behind the wall: On equity and architecture

Behind the wall: On equity and architecture

by Juliet Chun & Zhanina BoyadzhievaWith sense of humor and acute remarks, Carole Wedge shared her unique entry into the architecture world. Over the past decade, she has led Shepley Bulfinch’s transformation and growth with an emphasis on the creation of an open...

Library design: Six elements of a successful process

Library design: Six elements of a successful process

by Janette S. BlackburnTransforming an academic library starts with integrative planning, and includes an expanded user mix, new partners, and far-reaching stakeholders. Here are six strategies to create and foster a dynamic, inclusive planning process. Map the...

Shared experiences

Shared experiences

by Jennifer WellsThe Future of Cities trailer by Oscar Boyson.Claire Wood, business manager of the Global Performance Running Footwear division at New Balance, finds beauty in the running shoe. “It’s universal, and you can talk about its design with anyone,” she said....

Building community

Building community

by Sidney R. BowenWhen the New Austin Central Library opened in October, it brought the community together to rediscover and explore its own city in new ways. We couldn’t be more pleased to have witnessed and partaken in this revival."I am gratified in feeling that we...