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By Juman Haddad
Your people … are the most valuable asset you have!
By Jay Taylor
The first thing that hit me when I landed was my hunger. I didn’t know it, but this was the start of my endless search for mystical Shanghai food. I have only one rule, “If you haven’t had it before, try it”. This rule has lead me to devour countless dumplings, hand smashed pancakes, Nutella waffles, stir fry octopus, seared pig ear, and spring sponge cake, just to name a few. I have noticed that since I’ve been here in Shanghai, the food portions are smaller but my appetite has also gotten smaller too. Little meals tend to be enough to fill my American belly. I do wonder what will happen when I return to Texas… where everything is bigger.
By Kathryn Stouffer
I spend a small portion of my day people-watching. I have a front row seat to the St. Paul DART Station. The folks passing by are an eclectic conglomeration of well, every type, shape, race, personality you can imagine, like fish in the sea, they are the people who inhabit this concrete jungle of Downtown Dallas. These are the people we create buildings for. We enhance the human experience for these humans. The homeless woman singing to me through the single pane glass window, the police officer, and the frazzled businessman sprinting to catch the train. I want to know all of their stories. Where are they going? Where did they come from? Do they like the DART? Can they see me? Answer to the former is yes. Are they always late for their train? How long have they been racing down the sidewalk, suitcase, or baby, in hand?
By Brinda Sengupta
Growing numbers of privately owned automobiles, pollution, and congestion have helped governments in cities across India realize the need for better mass transport systems. Cities like Delhi are now making substantial investments to improve existing systems and implement new measures. However, even as Delhi is investing in rail and bus lines, “last mile connectivity” – connecting people from their homes to transport hubs – remains an area of concern and neglect for the city and the country as a whole. This lack of affordable and safe last-mile connectivity has created a situation in which the poorest, who rely most on mass transport, are the very people that are having the hardest time reaching safe, sustainable, affordable transport options.
Two Dallas HKS employees recently spoke about the Architectural and Structural Engineering fields at the 3rd annual Bronze Blitz sleepover. The Perot Museum of Science set the best stage for Pilar Guerrero and Janelle Splinter to talk about how mathematics, computer programs and engineering is used on a day to day basis. The interview included questions about the best part of their job and the not so glamorous aspects too. The girl scouts as well as their parents were very engaged and able to learn more about the processes and critical thinking the design team goes through in order to design a building. HKS has maintained a valued relationship with the Girl Scouts here in the Dallas area. HKS Dallas has participated in several of the Girl Scouts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related programs, such as the Cookie Box Creation competition.
By Emily Miros, Alex Near, Kate Weber, and Kathryn Stouffer
Whether dining at Hospitality Sweet or picnicking at the Arboretum, these interns have found a way to involve food & friendship.
These past two months have flown by! It’s crazy how fast it goes… but nonetheless it’s been an amazing experience. I was also fortunate enough to be accompanied by my lovely girlfriend who took a four month leave of absence from her job to also embark on this exciting journey and experience Asia. We packed our entire apartment into a little 8x10 storage unit and made our way to China.
This spring, members of our Washington, D.C. Office participated in the Washington Architectural Foundation’s “Architecture in the Schools” (AIS) – a program that pairs volunteer architects with local public schools interested in providing students with an enriched curriculum and an introduction to design.
I thought I would preface this entry with a bit of background. I came to London from Indianapolis where I have lived my entire life, at a population of 850,000. The office there is comprised of interiors, and I currently focus on Education and Healthcare projects. Prior to joining HKS, I was a designer with a local furniture dealership. This snippet of my background may give some insight as to the frame of reference from which I write.
“Dallas grows on you” said a former New Yorker friend who has lived in Dallas for just about 2 years now. When a New Yorker confesses that, you instantly know there is merit to the weighty claim, even though it seemed misplaced for my first impressions of the city.