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By Chad Porter
This past summer, HKS organized its first-ever Design Slam. This competition is a unique challenge that looks to use design as a solution to many global challenges, from poverty to climate change. Participating teams were asked to identify any problem in the world, and create a design solution for it. We received seven submissions from HKS offices around the globe. Each submission is truly unique and addresses a range of social issues, from gentrification in D.C., to transportation challenges in Mexico, slums in India, traffic in Atlanta, heat and public space in Phoenix and the aging population of China. Geraldo Palma Romero won the grand prize of $1,000.
By Daniel Inocente (DC) & Kevin Vandeman (DC)
The Idea Fellowship continues as the Holistic Design Workflow team makes advances in the research and application of computational strategies. As buildings and the industry become increasingly technological, architects are challenged to continuously develop new ways of mastering the intricacies across ever-changing elements and systems. The architecture of today has not only been infused with technological growth, but it has also become dependent on it. Technology has enabled numerous design processes and yet not one single process can fully solve the thousands of contingencies that present themselves as a project evolves. Today, the design of a building is a challenge of bringing together various technological systems, outside of our domain, that rely on computational processes.
Lisa Adams (Chicago), Jen Faist (Chicago), Elise LaPaglia (London), Donna Sharpe (DC), Josh Tooill (Shanghai)
Our team has embarked on our next phase: Critical Analysis and Survey Content Creation. We have successfully narrowed our focus to Generation Z. The goal now is to thoroughly take apart and look at the important segments of our literary review. Our team’s aim is to analyze and offer insights into the secondary research we have already collected, and begin to formulate our thesis.
Rachel Campbell, HKS London in Shanghai
I was lucky to get away to Beijing for a long weekend on the super fast high speed train, the scenery whizzing past. Firstly I visited the amazing Forbidden City - which you enter through Tian'anmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace located off Tian'anmen Square.
Rachel Campbell from HKS London is the 2015 4th Quarter HKS Xchange Fellow to the HKS Shanghai office
Well what a rollercoaster living in Shanghai has been – I love Shanghai!
Elise LaPaglia, Josh Tooill, Donna Sharpe, Jen Faist, Lisa Adams
What an exciting time! The HKS Idea Fellowship is such an incredible opportunity and such a smart investment by HKS. Our team is well into our project, almost complete with our Phase 1: Literature Review.
Anne Rezac, Camilla Moretti, Lisa Adams, Steve Jacobson, Tyler Schwede
The HKS Idea Fellowship Outpatient Clinic team has hit the ground running, excited to pioneer into the next frontiers of outpatient clinic design. Picking up the baton from CADRE’s research on Clinic 20xx, the team is honing in on key targets to improve both organizational and cultural aspects of the outpatient clinic. Does the layout of a clinic impact utilization? Can modularity and standardization influence capacity of load leveling and efficiency? How can we better design staff workspaces to improve workflow and culture? Over the course of the next year, we hope to answer these questions and illustrate solutions on what tomorrow’s optimized clinic might look like.
By: Gary Hartfield
As I prepare to leave familiar surrounds and head to new environs, new cultures, but supposedly the same language, (we shall see about that soon), I am reminded about the diversity we already enjoy in our own offices. Here is a glimpse of the studio in the Fort Worth office.