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Building and strengthening the firm’s design culture while spreading the value of design to local communities is the vision of the HKS Design Fellowship. The Fellowship – founded in 2006 – brings together the firm’s brightest design-minded talent from all over the world and pairs them with students to work on a specific design problem in the community. The goal: cultivate emerging design talent, excite and stimulate new ideas, and deepen the design philosophy across all of HKS’s offices in an effort to continue to raise the quality of design. Going beyond an isolated design exercise, the charrette seeks participation from key community stakeholders. The product of each year’s event is a deliverable that may be used to help further the issue being addressed. The 2010 HKS Design Fellows worked – on a pro-bono basis – with Omar Jahwar, founder and chief visionary officer of Vision Regeneration, to design a new inner-city community center expansion aimed at reducing crimes committed by teens in South Dallas/Oak Cliff. HKS Design Fellowship drawings and documents are being used as marketing materials for Vision Regeneration’s fundraising efforts. The center is projected to open in 2013.
A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. A collaboration between Chad Oppenheim architecture + design, energy consultant Buro Happold, and structural engineer Ysreal Seinuk, the $40 million, 25-story, “COR” building will incorporate mixed-use residential and commercial space, integrating green technologies including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation. The building’s exoskeleton is a hyper-efficient structure that provides thermal mass for insulation, shade for residents, and architectural elements such as terraces and armatures that support turbines.
Steve Valenta, project architect with HKS, Inc., was selected to speak at Autodesk University 2011 Conference and Exhibition to be held November 29 – December 1 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.