This Week's Segments
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from KTGY Architecture + Planning, LS3P, and Omgivning on three topics:
- Universal design in multifamily housing
- Back to campus: What's working, what's not
- Reimagining urban spaces: Making the old and tired new again
BD+C's John Caulfield interviews Karin Liljegren of the L.A.-based architecture firm Omgivning, which has recently released reports on adaptive reuse for workplaces, multifamily, and urban reprogramming.
Karin explains how empty or excess shopping malls, big boxes, ground-floor retail, and light industrial could be put to better use, and even makes the provocative claim that offices and restaurants have commonalities
With higher education now back to campus, it's time to assess the health and safety measures that the nation's colleges and universities put in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Shawn Moorehead Sowers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Higher Education Practice Leader with LS3P, talks with BD+C's David Barista about how the higher ed sector is handling on-campus learning during COVID.
BD+C's Robert Cassidy interviews Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, Principal with KTGY Architecture + Planning, on universal design in multifamily housing, based on Gonzalez's AIA CES course: 16 Things You Should Know About Universal Design
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from Balfour Beatty, Farr Associates, and Graycor on three important topics:
- A five-point plan for decarbonizing Chicago
- Re-evaluating delayed capital projects
- The future of the construction jobsite
BD+C's Robert Cassidy interviews Doug Farr, Founder and Principal of Chicago architecture firm Farr Associates.
He and 65 other Chicagoans have formed "Carbon-Free Chicago 2050" and have developed a 5-point plan, "The Common Agenda," to decarbonize the city of Chicago.
BD+C's David Barista speaks with Graycor's Shawn Buchanan about the state of delayed and postposed capital projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to AGC, 60% of construction firms have had at least one future project postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus, while 33% report having projects that were already underway halted because of the pandemic.
As the nation inches its way back to "business as usual," Buchanan says owners and developers need to re-evaluate the metrics and benchmarks that were used to establish the viability of these projects pre-COVID-19.
BD+C's John Caulfield interviews Eric Stenman, Balfour Beatty's U.S. Buildings President, about the future of the jobsite. Stenman addresses how contractors are coping with product and manpower shortages, and looks ahead at what COVID-19 protocols are likely to be here to stay.
This week on The Weekly, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from BR Architects, DLR Group, and Thomas Jefferson University about three timely trends:
- Smart building analytics and building optimization tools
- The future of smart cities
- Community storm shelter design
Ruairi Barnwell, Principal and Building Optimization Group Leader with DLR Group, speaks with BD+C's Robert Cassidy about building optimization and smart building analytics, and the shortcomings of the current building design process.
When it comes to building performance, says Barnwell, the focus should be on outcomes, not predictions or following prescriptive tables in the code to "checkboxes."
BD+C's John Caulfield interviews Edgar Stach, a licensed architect and a professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, about the future of smart cities, in terms of what's driving this movement and what still needs to happen for new and older cities to interconnect in ways that reduce energy consumption and improve livability and sustainability.
Stach is the founder and past director of the Institute for Smart Structures at the University of Tennessee.
Bradford Russell, AIA, PE, Director of Architecture and Engineering with BR Architects, talks with BD+C's David Barista about community storm shelter design, and updates to the key standard that drives design and construction measures for community storm shelters, ICC 500.
Among the updates: more stringent impact requirements for specific components of storm shelters, including shutters and folding partitions.
This week, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from MBH Architects, McMillan, Pazdan, Smith and CallisonRTKL
- Designing Labs to Address the Coronavirus and Future Health Events
- The Household Model for Assisted Living Facility Design
- Breaking the Rules of Retail
BD+C's Robert Cassidy chats with CallisonRTKL Senior Vice President Jeff Gunning and Associate Vice President Sarah Holstedt about "rules to break" in retail design and development.
Stuart M. Barber, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal and Director of Senior Living with McMillan Pazdan Smith, talks with BD+C's David Barista about the Household Model for skilled nursing and assisted living facility design.
BD+C's John Caulfield sits down with Andres Grechi, Principal and Design Director with MBH Architects, to discuss the latest trends in designing lab spaces. The two focused on a new coworking life sciences incubator space that MBH recently completed for MBC Biolabs in San Carlos, Calif. They also talked about designing labs to address the coronavirus and future health events.