“While in mathematics parametric signifies a set of quantities expressed as an explicit function of a number of independent parameters, in architecture this is complemented by a utilitarian dogma for exploring the possibilities offered by the model.” Daniel Davis For years many designers have been trying to use parametric tools to define a style and … Continue reading “Designing for the Public with the Parametric Process”
Air supported structures, or “bubbles,” are flexible when it comes to purpose and seasonal use. However, unless located on open land, bubbles can be challenging from a code and design perspective. Previously, code regulations for egress and life safety were ambiguous, with jurisdictional interpretation varying by location. The IBC has tried to clarify the regulations … Continue reading “Designing Bubbles – Part 2: The Code”
Several of our projects include air-supported membrane structures, more commonly known as “bubbles”. These structures consist of fabric membrane held down (anchored) to a solid base (a concrete grade beam or the side of a building) and inflated by fans.
An increasingly common method for development of public infrastructure and public use facilities is through private development. These projects often include private developers in partnership with public agencies with the purpose to fund projects without public money, to provide high quality structures and sometimes to generate revenue. In New York City, this mechanism for funding … Continue reading “What Are Public-Private Partnership (P3) Projects?”