October 03, 2017

Designing a Balanced Multi-Modal City

Metropolis Think Tank panelists Alan Greenberger, Andrew Stober, and Dena Ferrara Driscoll discuss the complexities of creating a city that equally serves all modes of transportation. Photo ©Rob Cusick

Last week, KieranTimberlake partnered with Metropolis Magazine to host a Think Tank discussion about new paradigms for planning and designing 21st century cities. The event, titled “Pedestrians, Bikes, and Cars: Designing a Balanced Multi-Modal 21st Century City,” was moderated by the magazine's Director of Design Innovation, Susan S. Szenasy. 
Using Philadelphia as a case study, Szenasy led a panel of experts to explore how the city might re-balance its infrastructure as equitable for all modes of transportation. The panelists were KieranTimberlake partner James Timberlake, former Mayor's Office of Transportation Chief of Staff Andrew Stober, Sarah Clark Stuart, director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, safe streets advocate Dena Ferrara Driscoll, and Drexel University professor and department head Alan Greenberger.

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September 08, 2017

Metropolis Think Tank

On September 19, 2017, KieranTimberlake and Metropolis magazine will host a Think Tank discussion on Pedestrians, Bikes, and Cars: Designing a Balanced Multi-Modal 21st Century City.  

Can we re-envision a historic city like Philadelphia to balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and automobiles? 
In 2015, several square miles of Center City Philadelphia were blocked for a Papal visit. Suddenly, citizens glimpsed urban space relieved of the usual congestion, smog, and anxiety caused by car traffic. The event sparked regularly-scheduled free street events that opened areas for people to engage the city differently. It also raised broader questions: How can we holistically reimagine our streets to improve quality of life and the environment? And what would such a radical transformation look—and sound—like?

4:00 pm Discussion 
5:30 pm Networking and Refreshments 
Free | 1.5 AIA CEU HSW credits available 
To RSVP for the event, click here
James Timberlake, FAIA 
Partner, KieranTimberlake 
Dena Driscoll 
Co-Chair, 5th Square PAC 
Alan Greenberger, FAIA 
Department Head and Distinguished Teaching Professor 
Department of Architecture Design and Urbanism 
Drexel University
Andrew Stober 
Vice President of Planning and Economic Development, University City District 
Sarah Clark Stuart 
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia 
Susan S. Szenasy 
Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis 

June 07, 2017

KieranTimberlake Studio Receives Preservation Award

A vintage newspaper ad announcing the opening of Ortlieb’s Bottling House in 1948.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia recently honored KieranTimberlake's studio at 841 North American Street with a Grand Jury Award. This award recognizes projects that contribute to the Philadelphia area's unique character and architectural identity by focusing on the restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, or by incorporating sympathetic additions or new constructions to valued historic resources. Alongside projects such as the John Bartram House in Bartram's Gardens, the University of Pennyslvania's Pennovation Center, and the Walnut Lane Bridge, KieranTimberlake was honored for our commitment to creative and adaptive reuse during our transformation of the former Ortlieb's Brewing Company's Bottling House into our current studio space, which includes a fabrication lab and prototyping shop in the former loading dock.  
To read more about the award, or to see a full list of award winners, click here

June 05, 2017

Design-Inspired Books for Summer 2017

KieranTimberlake is home to a curious bunch that finds inspiration in unlikely places. In anticipation of the fast-approaching summer season, we asked our designers to tell us about their architectural must-reads. Whether you're reading on the beach or in a crowded train car, these staff suggestions are sure to stir up your summer:

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May 30, 2017

Tally® Releases Submission Guide for LEED v4

Tally®, a Revit®-integrated Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) application developed in-house by KT Innovations, recently released a Submission Guide to help its users earn LEED v4 credits. The Submission Guide is a free resource that gives Tally users step-by-step instructions to help them document and submit for the LEED v4 Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction Credit, Option 4. Through this credit, users can earn up to five points for reducing the environmental impacts a building's materials and processes over its full life cycle.  
To learn more about Tally, or to download the free Submission Guide, click here.

May 09, 2017

Watch: Dynamic and Accessible Modeling

At KieranTimberlake, we use several mediums at one time to develop our designs. That means it's important for us to move between sketches, computer models, and physical prototypes with ease. We also want our entire team, including experts and non-experts alike, to engage with our digital models in order to derive insight from what they see and contribute to the design process. One of the tools we've tested to achieve this ideal collaboration and integration is Modelo, a web-based application for presenting 3D and virtual reality models. The results have been so positive that when the company asked us to share our experience with their product in a video, we were happy to oblige. 
To learn more about some of the other technologies we use in our design process, click here
To see more Modelo content featuring Partner Matthew Krissel's speculation on the architecture in the next 5–10 years, click here.

January 26, 2017

US Embassy in London Named One of 2017's Defining Buildings

Opening in 2017, the US Embassy in London emphasizes the role of architecture in diplomacy.
Illustration by studioAMD

The US Embassy in London was recently featured on the art and design website Artsy. Listed alongside such striking works as the Ghana National Museum of Slavery and Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Image and Sound, the embassy was named cited as one of the buildings that will “define architecture in 2017.” Writer Anna Kats praises the embassy's unique and transparent polymer-clad cube exterior that “rejects the fortress-like designs of so many other American embassies,” noting that this design results in a building that “interacts with and is semipermeable to the densely populated surrounding neighborhood while maintaining the necessary standards of high security.” 
To read the full article, click here

January 11, 2017

Watch: 2017, the Year to...

Did you know that the average low-income American can only afford to spend $5.20 on food per day? This past year, KieranTimberlake partnered with local hunger relief organization Philabundance to develop an app, called CAN-opy, that generated awareness and donations through a game that challenges users to create a balanced meal with just $5.20. In total we've raised over $10,000, but we want you to help us raise even more. Starting today, if you play our game and donate, KieranTimberlake will match your gift, up to $25,000.  
Let's make 2017 the Year to Give!  
Click here to play the game. 
Click here to donate directly to Philabundance.

January 10, 2017

Report from the Studio: Developing Virtual Reality for the Classroom

Mars City Facility Ops Challenge students will use virtual reality to simulate life on Mars. Click the video above for a brief tour of Mars City's Mission Control.

As part of KieranTimberlake's commitment to dedicate 1% of its time to community service and engagement, the Community Involvement group collaborates with nonprofit organizations on pro-bono projects of various scales. In this Report from the Studio, Community Involvement members Fátima Olivieri and Efrie Friedlander discuss their work on Mars City.

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January 05, 2017

Report from the Studio: Mentoring the Next Generation of Designers

KieranTimberlake's Spark Class of 2016.

As part of KieranTimberlake's commitment to dedicate 1% of its time to community service and engagement, the Community Involvement group collaborates with nonprofit organizations on pro-bono projects of various scales. In this Report from the Studio, Community Involvement member Theresa Starrs discusses the group's involvement with Spark.

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