Community Experience Planning
What does planning and vision do for a community? Do you live in a community that is vibrant and has a distinct character? Have you ever visited a community and felt the energy and engagement in the town?
When I was in high school, I joined FFA, partially because I knew they were going to take a ski trip to Galena, IL. Since then, and because of a couple other visits to that town, it has always stuck in my mind as a really cool place to visit. The town, with its 19-century architecture, old time signs, street lamps, and quaint shops, breathes its history and pleasantness. Galena attracts more than a million visitors a year and that doesn’t happen accidentally. The town must have had leadership, vision, cooperation and belief in itself to achieve such vibrancy. (more…)
February 25th, 2014
Can designing in nature elements in our healthcare facilities help patients heal? There is much research that shows the healing benefits of a connection with nature. Of course, this can help you live a healthier life at home, too. (more…)
February 18th, 2014
The “Best” Natural History Exhibit is a Personal Preference
I was recently asked what I thought the best natural history museum exhibit was. I have visited hundreds of museums, many with awesome natural history exhibits. I’ve seen The American Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of History, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Natural History Museum of LA, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and many more. Yet, the one that immediately pops into my head is The Field Museum. The word favorite or best is a personal preference. I’ve visited this museum the most and it holds a special place in my heart. (more…)
February 6th, 2014
Who are the best museum exhibit design firms or design/build firms? I recently asked several colleagues in the industry this question. None had a definitive answer. When you visit a museum you don’t think about who designed and built it. You want to know if it works for the visitor. Is it engaging?
This is just a screencap from Warner Bros. 2013 movie Pacific Rim, but seriously how awesome is this? (more…)
January 30th, 2014
Exhibit Costs Can Be Confusing
Museum exhibit fabrication costs can be confusing. Clients can be aghast and dismayed that a Pileated Wood Pecker model can cost over $2,000 and a flying Great Blue Heron can cost over $6,000. Fabrication costs come down to the difference between customization and mass production. You can buy customized cabinets for your home or you can buy mass produced ones. There is a big price difference. (more…)