November 20, 2015

Low-Tech Solutions in a High-Tech Space

The Center for Building Energy Education & Innovation in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard features a brick sun shade that not only regulates heat gain and prevents harsh glares, but also visually connects the new structure with the existing buildings.
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Last month, The Architect's Newspaper blog highlighted KieranTimberlake's work on The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). The two-part project located in Philadelphia's Navy Yard consists of both the retrofit of an existing mid-century building and the new construction of a classroom and laboratory facility, with the goal of creating a welcoming, versatile, and above all, energy-efficient space.

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November 19, 2015

Tally® Analysis at the Brown School of Engineering

Throughout the design for Brown University’s new School of Engineering, architects at KieranTimberlake used Tally® to aid in the selection of building materials based on their environmental impacts.

At the 2015 Greenbuild Conference in Washington DC, KieranTimberlake researcher Roderick Bates presented regarding the evolution of Tally®, the firm's custom Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool for designers. Speaking to a room of sustainable building practitioners and advocates, Bates explained how this tool has the unique capacity to allow designers to quickly assess the environmental implications of different materials used in their projects. As an example, his presentation articulated KieranTimberlake's experience using Tally in the selection of materials for Brown University's new School of Engineering building.

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November 16, 2015

Revitalizing and Repurposing Philadelphia’s Vacant Schools

The Reactivating Public Schools project, funded by the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, developed ways to integrate vacant schools back into the community. Above is one potential design idea for the Old Frances Willard School in the Kensington neighborhood.

One of KieranTimberlake's Community Involvement initiatives was featured in the most recent issue of Context, the AIA Philadelphia chapter's quarterly journal. The article focused specifically on KieranTimberlake's pro bono involvement in the Community Design Collaborative's pursuit to repurpose Philadelphia's vacant school buildings in weaker real estate markets. 
The project, known as Reactivating Public Schools, revolved around a design charrette held at the 2014 Design on the Delaware Conference. In this charrette, a team consisting of volunteer design professionals, neighborhood residents, private developers, and nonprofit organizations all collaborated to design both short- and long-term renovations for two different vacant school buildings (the M. Hall Stanton School and the Old Frances Willard School).  
A team of more than twenty KieranTimberlake volunteers then assembled the concepts discussed during the conference in order to create a report that was published in Grid magazine in August 2015. The report outlines several different temporary and permanent design options, with each concept taking into account both the needs of the community and the desire for neighborhood revitalization. Additionally, the report highlights the potential of these vacant schools to private and nonprofit developers alike.  
To learn more about KieranTimberlake's involvement in the project, click here.  

November 13, 2015

Praise for LOVE Park Design

In additional to a renovated fountain and additional landscaping, the park will feature a new and improved Welcome Center. The updated Philadelphia icon will include a new café, while new lighting technology and frameless glass will allow the structure to turn into a digital art installation at night.

KieranTimberlake's design for the soon-to-be-renovated LOVE Park was recently featured on Uwishunu, a popular website that creates buzz about Philadelphia's cultural attractions.  
LOVE Park's new design, conceived in partnership with Hargreaves Associates, strikes a balance between preserving the beloved features of the park, such as the famous LOVE Statue by Robert Indiana, and improving on the park's current amenities by adding more green space, a new fountain, and a reorganized layout. The current Welcome Center, referred to affectionately as "The Flying Saucer" by local residents, is also slated for renovation. The mid-century modern building, originally constructed in the 1950s, will keep its iconic shape while receiving some energy-efficient upgrades in the form of frameless glass windows, a green roof, and new lighting technology.  
The LOVE Park renovation comes on the heels of the completion of KieranTimberlake's Dilworth Park project, and the design has been heralded by Uwishunu for its use of greenery in the space, as well as its commitment to preserving the well-known aspects of the park. "While we'll miss the park while it's closed for renovation," the blog stated, "we're pretty sure the wait will be worth it."  

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November 11, 2015

KieranTimberlake Honored with 2015 AIA Firm Award

James Timberlake accepts the AIA Pennsylvania Firm Award on behalf of KieranTimberlake.
© AIA Pennsylvania/Paul Loftland Photography

The Pennsylvania chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored KieranTimberlake last month at the 2015 Annual Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards. Held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the awards ceremony recognized over 35 Pennsylvania firms and individuals who were selected from a pool of nearly 150 applicants.  
Joining a list of honorees that included Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (Government Award winner) and the iconic Vanna Venturi House (50 Year/Timeless Award winner), KieranTimberlake was the recipient of the Firm Award. The award is given annually to the firm that consistently encourages collaboration while contributing innovative designs to the field of architecture. Selected to receive the award by a jury panel from AIA New York City chaired by renowned architect Thomas Phifer, FAIA, KieranTimberlake was heralded by the AIA as a "leader in practice-based architectural research and sustainable environments".  
A complete list of award winners and award descriptions can be found on the AIA Pennsylvania website.  

November 04, 2015

Brown University's School of Engineering Breaks Ground

The new School of Engineering is a physical representation of Brown University's commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and learning.
©KieranTimberlake/Studio AMD

Ground broke on Brown University's new School of Engineering research facility last month. The new four story building will create 20 new cutting-edge laboratory modules, including two specialized nanoscale and biomedical engineering laboratories, and will add 80,000 square feet of space. The addition comes at a good time for the School of Engineering, which expects to see its number of undergraduate students double between 2007 and 2017. The new facility will be able to house 15 faculty members, approximately 20 research associates, 80 graduate students, and a large number of undergraduate students.

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November 04, 2015

Creating a Home on Mars

Part of KieranTimberlake's Community Involvement program, Mars City is a pro bono project that seeks to better engage students in an educational virtual reality simulation.

KieranTimberlake was recently featured on an episode of the KCRW radio show, Design and Architecture. The segment, entitled “Is Mars Habitable?” focuses on Mars City, an immersive, interactive, and educational 3D simulation of a human colony on Mars. The pro bono project is intended for students ranging from high school physics scholars to architecture undergraduates, and has recently generated some buzz following the success of Matt Damon's new film The Martian

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November 04, 2015

KieranTimberlake Earns ACADIA Accolades

KieranTimberlake was recognized for its innovation in digital design and media at the 2015 ACADIA conference.

Last month marked the annual conference for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). This year's conference, which was held at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design, saw KieranTimberlake honored with the Digital Practice Award of Excellence. The award is given to the firm that best elevates the field of architecture through digital design and media.  
Brad Bell, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs, presented the award to KieranTimberlake partners Billie Faircloth and Matthew Krissel. "What I believe is unique in KieranTimberlake's design process is how they continually foster productive dialogue," he said in his introductory remarks. "By establishing a culture of questioning within the full design process, innovation has emerged as a dominate outcome of their work."