What can the design fields of architecture and urban planning offer to cities trying to provide vibrant urban environments and security concurrently? Subtle interventions in the public realm can make all the difference. When planners in lower Manhattan sought to both enliven and provide safety to Wall Street we designed a series of bollards that doubled as spaces for congregation and safety barriers. Quartz discusses security and architecture and calls our work “a sparkling example of humanistic, multidimensional security planning.”
Rob Rogers joined other design leaders at the Sarasota Design Conference 2016 hosted by AIA Florida Gulf Coast. This year's theme: 'Design to the Challenge' was apt for discussions concerning the rigor that must be brought to contemporary design especially when working in the public realm.
We are excited to announce the grand opening of Kerr Couch Park in Oklahoma City! As the final phase of SandRidge Commons, this park will be a signature landscape component of both the Sandridge Energy Campus and downtown Oklahoma City. The revitalized park includes lush planted windbreaks and generous spaces for gatherings at multiple scales.
The Henderson-Hopkins School has won the Jury Award at the Architizer A+ Awards, in the Architecture + Urban Transformation category. Associate Partner Vince Lee and Associate Kip Katich were in attendance at the awards gala to receive this honor. Henderson-Hopkins, jointly operated by the City of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University, was the first new public school to be built in the past 30 years and is meant to be a catalyst for change in East Baltimore.
Tomorrow Associate Chris Junkin will be a juror for the final reviews of Annette Fierro's "Carnival" urban design studio at PennDesign. The studio explores "a connection between the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia and Delaware River" and uses Carnival "as a device to understand the systemic role this intervention can make in the context of the city."
Rob is delighted to participate in a colloquium hosted by the Rice School of Architecture and Conti Street Partners tomorrow at 5:30 in Anderson Hall on the Rice University campus. The colloquium precedes a presentation of student work from Assistant Professor Jesus Vassallo and Visiting Studio Critic Daisy Ames' graduate urban studios that explore the "importance of innovative development in transitional urban sites. . . in the future of real estate development in Houston."