July 13, 2016

New Version of Tally® is Released

Imagine you are able to gain quick insights about the environmental impact of building materials. How might it guide your design decisions? With Tally®, a Revit® plugin developed by KieranTimberlake's affiliate KT Innovations, designers can interact with and summarize life cycle data based on the materials in a Revit model, making rapid assessments not only possible, but a new best practice.

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July 05, 2016

(Not) Designing in Dhaka

In his article "The Dhaka Studio," Pennsylvania Gazette writer Trey Popp explores the history of the Dhaka Design-Research Laboratory led by KieranTimberlake partners Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. 
 
Having taught at several universities, Kieran and Timberlake shared the observation that typical architectural studios focused too much on design outcomes and not enough on developing research skills and critical reflection on research findings. Rather than assign an isolated design problem and give students a few weeks to solve it, the two architects wanted to engage their students in deeper and more complex ways. This desire led them to abandon the traditional structure of a design studio in 2008 in order to place students' emphasis on research-based design in one of the most unique, dense, and challenging urban environments: Dhaka, Bangladesh. As Popp explains, Kieran and Timberlake "would challenge their students to do research – to focus intensely on an unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar possibilities and constraints, and figure out what the real challenges were."

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June 17, 2016

Minimizing Bird Strikes With Facade Design

Smaller panels of varying levels of transparency help deter bird strikes at Pound Ridge House. ©Peter Aaron

Pound Ridge House, a private residence located north of New York City in Westchester County, New York, was recently featured in the Spring 2016 edition of Dwell magazine. The article, written by Aileen Kwun, draws attention to the care KieranTimberlake took in ensuring that the residence's signature reflective exterior would not pose a threat to local birds.  
 
During the design process, the team sought to create a home with an exterior that blended in with the wooded site and an interior that brought the beauty of the natural landscape indoors. Designers knew they could create this desired effect with a glass facade, but also understood that the home's reflective surface could pose a threat to birds that frequent the wooded site. The question then became how to harness the beauty and function of a glass exterior without impacting birds and wildlife. 
 
In earlier studies completed in partnership with the manager of the American Bird Conservancy's Bird Collisions Campaign, KieranTimberlake learned that bird strikes happen most frequently with large, continuous reflective surfaces. By using smaller panels with different levels of reflectivity, bird strikes could be reduced significantly. Using this information, designers created a facade composed of multiple rectangular tiles made of glass, brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel, and tin zinc-coated copper. The different sizes and reflectivity of these panels not only greatly reduce bird strikes. As Kwun writes, "the benefits are also aesthetic: With its unique facade, the home is both attuned to the landscape and private, filled with 'curated views.'" 

May 26, 2016

Architect Magazine Highlights Progress of Past R+D Award Winners

Once customized circuit boards could be produced in low volume, KieranTimberlake was able to advance the development of Pointelist, a high-density sensor network.

Pointelist, KieranTimberlake's wireless sensor network, was recently featured in Architect Magazine. The article, written by Wanda Lau, is part of a series following up on past winners of the magazine's R+D Awards, which recognize research, materials, and technologies that have advanced the field of architecture.

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April 28, 2016

Philly Beat

Philly Beat, our guide to Philadelphia, highlights some of our favorite hot spots in the city's most beloved neighborhoods.

The AIA Convention comes to Philadelphia on May 19. Not sure what to do in your downtime? Click the link below to check out our guide to food, neighborhoods, and nightlife in the City of Brotherly Love.

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April 28, 2016

James Timberlake Receives Alumni Award

James Timberlake makes his acceptance remarks for the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award
Photo courtesy of the University of Detroit Mercy

Partner James Timberlake was honored as a distinguished alumnus this past week at his alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy. Timberlake was the recipient of the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award, an honor given by the university to recognize outstanding graduates who have excelled in their chosen field and have demonstrated leadership both in their careers as well as in their greater community.  
 
During a celebration weekend honoring award recipients, Timberlake credited the university with his early professional development. "These folks, and the university at large, helped to transform me and guide me to a dream that I've had since I was five," Timberlake said in his acceptance speech, "and that was to become an architect." 
 
To hear the rest of his remarks, click here.  

April 27, 2016

Exhibit Open: Drawn + Quartered

Drawn + Quartered explores the processes that KieranTimberlake engages to advance the cycle of planning, doing, monitoring, and learning in its work. ©Chris Leaman

KieranTimberlake is pleased to announce the opening of KieranTimberlake: Drawn + Quartered, an exhibit of drawings, scale models, and mock-up experiments that survey the role of research and prototyping in our design process.

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April 26, 2016

KieranTimberlake Sponsors and Competes in AEC Hackathon

KieranTimberlake hackers used Pointelist, the firm’s custom wireless sensor network, as part of their winning experiment at the AEC Hackathon.

KieranTimberlake participated in this year's AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) Hackathon hosted at the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), a building designed by the firm in 2014. The event was attended by teams of students and professionals alike with the goal of connecting designers, developers, architects, and engineers with new technologies for the built environment.

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April 07, 2016

University of Washington: A Bio-Growth Case Study

Nicknamed the "Moss Belt," the Pacific Northwest's climate means that bio-growth is ubiquitous.

When working in a new climate, researchers and designers at KieranTimberlake go to great lengths to investigate the design challenges inherent to the environment. During an early design meeting for the North Campus Housing project at the University of Washington, KieranTimberlake's team observed a campus landscape brimming with moss, algae, and lichen. These types of biological growth (“bio-growth”) are ubiquitous in the Pacific Northwest, clinging to windowsills, carpeting sidewalks, and decorating buildings. Located in a temperate rainforest climate zone with plentiful rain and cloud cover, the University of Washington's campus presented a unique set of challenges for the design team.

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