Blog: Tagged 'Design'
Being partial to our canine friends, BRS was honored to be selected to participate in the Sustainable BARKitecture Dog House Competition held by Denver International Airport in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The competition tasked local architecture firms with designing a sustainable dog house for a current member of the Canine Animal Therapy Squad, or CATS program.
The volunteer dogs in CATS interact with passengers at the airport to help relieve the anxiety of travel, and teams were tasked with tailoring the design of the dog house to a specific CATS member’s size, personality and preferences. BRS was paired with Butler, an adorable Shepherd mix who doesn’t like baths - perfect for reducing water consumption.
We challenged ourselves to build a sustainable dog house on half of the allowed budget that incorporated a solar panel donated by Panasonic and also catered to Butler’s needs and interests. Following a kick-off meeting and design charrette, our team developed 3 defining guidelines for the design:
- Reduce environmental impact with a smaller building footprint with reduced energy consumption and water usage
- Reuse materials to lower embodied carbon usage to help prolong our current resources and protect future canine generations
- And to create a retreat for Butler by incorporating stimulating yet tranquil design features that allow him to recharge and continue to help others
After some quick sketching and modeling, the team settled on a simple solution that offered indoor/outdoor space to protect Butler from the elements, and a high contrast façade to create visual interest and provide some privacy. Our schematic design was approved by our own in-house quality assurance and control team.
Led by our BARKitecture committee leader, Christine Harwood, the team volunteered some late nights to gather the reclaimed materials and construct Butler’s retreat.
The completed dog house stores energy captured from the solar panel to charge a battery that can power up to 10 hours of automatic ball retrieval for Butler, and just happens to be right-sized for our team leader.
The dog houses will be on display at DIA through October 9th, and will be auctioned off to benefit the Dumb Friends League and their mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. Cast your vote for People’s Choice Award (13 and older) or Kid’s Choice Award (12 and under) today or put in your bid in the online auction to take home one of these amazing dog houses!Hide Full Post
Posted by Neil Arends on September 21, 2017 at 01:31pm
“We’ve assembled the best of the best." - J.J. Murphy, City Manager
Posted by Allison Martinez on August 8, 2017 at 04:46pm
Edition 1.0 of the relaunch of BRS arts and crafts night.Continue
The BRS Culture Committee is putting a fresh coat of paint on an old tradition. To keep our creativity flowing in all directions, we have relaunched our in-house art program with an ongoing series of Maker Nights.
Each night will feature a different guest curator from one of our talented staff who is responsible for choosing the medium and providing artistic direction and inspiration [wine and beer].
The relaunch of the program was curated by Jen Jursnick, who brought all the tools for participants to explore form and color with the creation of custom stamps and patterns.
Our designers took some time to ‘ditch the digital’ and put the rubber to the fabric to put their sketches in living color.
The museum-worthy results will remain on display in our dedicated exhibit space [the refrigerator] until the next Maker Night when Mick Massey takes us to the easel with watercolors!Hide Full Post
Posted by Neil Arends on June 7, 2017 at 02:57pm
Virtual reality as a tool for design and client engagement.Continue
Virtual Reality is the latest technological advancement taking the architectural profession by a storm. This technology came to the profession in the late 1980’s and has evolved exponentially in the last 30 years to become the most impactful influence on architectural design since the introduction of BIM modeling.
Here at BRS we have begun to implement some basic virtual reality components into our design process. We created 360° panoramic views for the Woodland Park Aquatic Center that you can experience through a mobile phone, tablet or a virtual reality HMD (head mounted display). After this seamless addition to our workflow, anyone can delve into the immersive virtual world and analyze every aspect of a project.
This experience can give the designer a closer representation of how the finished space will feel and perform, giving them a clearer understanding of what they are creating so that they can convey the idea clearly to the client. From proportions to color representations, virtual reality helps bridge the gap of education and clear up miscommunication between architects, clients, and consultants that we are all so familiar with. 2D drawings can be difficult to interpret when trying to visualize the finished product.
Using virtual reality, we can greatly mitigate those big surprises that cause hesitation and design change during the construction phase and often have costly results. We have also found it to be particularly helpful when evaluating the safety of our recreational facilities and aquatic centers. It gives the designer the ability to check whether blind spots exist in the pool area or child watch zones. This creates safer spaces for children to have fun, with less risk of accidental injuries occurring in an unsupervised area.
We have only dipped our toes into this new virtual experience with these 360° panoramic views but will continue to explore and research how we can better implement this new and exciting technology into our professional practice.
Here are three 360° panoramic views of the Woodland Park Aquatic Center that is under construction and scheduled for completion this fall.
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 11:43am
The University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design visited BRS today for a tour and presentation from several KU alumni in our Denver office.Continue
Today BRS is honored to host a group of Architecture students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. Fifteen students and their instructor, Nilou Vakil, joined our KU alumni to tour our office, get a glimpse at some of our current work, and hear what makes our firm so special.
Steve Blackburn had this advice for the students about to embark on their career journies, ""Always keep honing your skills of persuasion, whether it be in design, writing, speaking and presenting your ideas. Use design thinking. Your persuasion equation includes empathy, (listening), defining the problem (understanding the needs of your customer), ideating a solution (design), creating a prototype (creation) and testing (asking, do you like what I have shown you?). Pay attention to your delivery, to your smile, to your body language, to the tone of your voice. You are on a mission of persuasion."
A big KU thank you for stopping by!
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Posted on February 3, 2017 at 10:40am
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