Story Category: Design

An Innovative Community Model

In our work as architects, we frequently seek out creative solutions to everyday issues. Dreaming up innovative ways to build community connections, reduce carbon emissions, and maximize our client’s budgets is all in a day’s work here at Placework. But sometimes, we encounter a project where some of that thinking has been done for us.... Read more »

Designing for Experience

Designing for Experience Learning environments hold potential to shape and enhance awareness; they have the power to call our attention to the significance of consciousness itself. Awareness and sensory engagement offer a chance to be curious about one’s position in the environment, fostering connections between individuals and the places they inhabit. Designing educational spaces involves... Read more »

Climate Positive Practice

A climate positive architectural practice holistically improves the human ecological condition through design, practice, and advocacy. The national Zero-Emissions Policy will require buildings to be energy efficient, produce no on-site emissions and use 100 percent renewable energy. Alyssa is currently serving as the New Hampshire representative to the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Strategic Council. ... Read more »

Embracing Possibilism

“When we refuse to accept the status quo as inevitable and strive to bring about change, we can have a powerful effect in inspiring others to do the same” – Sarah Ichioka + Michael Pawlyn This year’s fires, heat waves, floods, and storms have certainly brought a heightened understanding of the devastating effects of climate... Read more »

Reflections on teaching

Brian takes his teaching work as an opportunity to reorient architecture toward the humanities. Architects that teach: it’s a thing. Throughout the history of the profession, architects have learned their trade in some variation of an apprenticeship model - weathered practitioners mentoring young apprentices to become the next generation of professionals. Because of the deep... Read more »

Designing for Place

Progression and reuse are two central components of this planning process. We say it often - the most sustainable building is the one that is already built. As designers, we seek to understand as much as possible about a place before beginning our work. Josh Lacasse joined the Placework team about a year ago, and... Read more »

Designing for People

"Really, we are designing with people, not simply for them.” – Placework Project Manager Liz Nguyen   The heart of designing authentic places is understanding people. At Placework, our team spends a lot of time talking about and designing for building performance and environmental sustainability. But the core of our work is the health and... Read more »

Planning for Resilience

  “Humans created the challenges facing this site, but it’s by turning back toward the natural world where we find inspiration.” Climate Change. Preservation. Culture. These words evoke complex ideas, connotations, definitions, and emotions. For Placework, they also define our work with and for Strawbery Banke Museum.  Our most recent project addresses all three: a... Read more »

Living Future Accreditation

The course of study which Brian recently undertook is Living Future Accreditation, a professional credential that recognizes proficiency in the world’s most ambitious, advanced, and holistic sustainable design standards. It’s a big thought - a building is not just a mechanical thing, it is a living thing. There were many “aha!” moment’s for Principal Brian... Read more »

DESIGN JUSTICE

“Justice can be an outcome; it can also be an intentional process that leads to an intended outcome” -AIA Justice in the Built Environment     The past several weeks our team has been gathering weekly to talk about how the concept of justice intersects with our work. The basis of our discussion was a... Read more »