Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis
Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically... View full entry
Salvaged Love: Archinect Sessions #73 with Michael Bricker, founder of People for Urban Progress, the Indianapolis non-profit repurposing architectural trash into local treasures
When Indianapolis began demolishing its RCA Dome in 2008, Michael Bricker saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To save the stadium's white, Teflon-coated fiberglass roof from the landfill, Bricker salvaged 13 acres of it, and turned it into shade structures for the city, as well as... View full entry
Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification?
“I helped change one neighbourhood into a hipster place, and then we got priced out of there.” Artist Jim Walker is describing the shift in fortunes of the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where his Big Car arts collective was born a decade ago – and of the artists and residents who have been forced to move on by the neighbourhood’s gentrification. [...]
Is there a more equitable way? That’s just what Walker is trying to find out with his latest arts-led Indianapolis project.
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What Separates Actual Innovators From Those Who Just Talk About It?
"...we’re losing focus on the how and why of innovation. We throw the word around so casually that it’s starting to become synonymous with the idea itself. But let’s be clear: An idea is not innovation.
Innovation is about matching need with execution. It’s about changing the conversation and following through."
— Michael Bricker in The Indianapolis Business Journal
Chief Innovator at PUP, Michael Bricker, pens a brief article on the need for stamina in the design field. I and others have often argued here that "design" doesn't end after the initial concept sketch, that in fact this is where design begins: in the wrestling of the idea into reality and the... View full entry
"The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23
It’s been a strange week, especially in Indiana. On this episode, before getting to the RFRA-ff, we hit on a neat architectural inversion: LA-heavyweight Morphosis designs a "middle-finger" luxury tower in the quaint mountain town of Vals, Switzerland, while the subtly grand Swiss museum-master... View full entry
Architecture's expensive taste: Weekly News Round-Up for December 1, 2014
Friday, December 5:William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies: He is survived by his four children and wife, Barbara Meacham. A memorial will be held in January.Thursday, December 4:How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money: LA... View full entry
Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled
Since Cummins Inc. appointed Deborah Berke Partners back in September, the company finally revealed DBP's design of their new global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis to the City of Indianapolis’ Metropolitan Development Commission today. The Commission could vote on... View full entry
It's Deborah Berke for downtown Naptown!
Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it has selected New York-based Deborah Berke Partners to design its global distribution headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.
— Indianapolis Business Journal
Cummins Inc. has an important history of working with significant architects in Columbus, Indiana, the small Midwestern city where it is located. In selecting Deborah Berke Partners for its new global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis the company commits to fostering excellent design in the... View full entry
The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right
With views of the downtown skyline, the $1.1 billion new Indianapolis airport has been celebrated for its sense of place, and for treating its passengers as "guests," much the way the hotel industry does. It has its own civic plaza, a light-filled central space with 35-foot ceilings that functions as the nexus of activity—every passenger, whether arriving or departing, passes through—where half of all the airport's shops and restaurants reside. [...]
What is Indy doing right?
Cummins picks Deborah Berke, SHoP and TWBTA to design its Downtown Indianapolis HQ
Cummins Inc. hasn't revealed even a back-of-the-napkin sketch of what its regional headquarters in Downtown Indianapolis might look like, but one thing is certain at this point:
It won't be locally designed.
The engine maker said today it's picked three small to mid-sized New York City architectural firms to compete for the contract to design the $30 million multi-story building [...].
The competitors are Deborah Berke Partners, SHoP Architects, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
Here's some additional information about the Indianapolis office design competition we've received directly from Cummins Inc.:"The design competition engages design and architecture experts to assist in delivering on the Company’s goals to construct a building that enhances the community... View full entry
The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project celebrates national kick-off in Indianapolis
The Green Lane Project, established in 2012 by non-profit group PeopleForBikes, continues its ambitious mission to expedite the process of building more protected bike lines with six new U.S. cities in tow: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.The program celebrated its... View full entry
In Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress
Before the path arrived, Indianapolis didn’t have a mainstream bike scene — just streets designed to improve traffic flow. Now, children and the elderly have joined the spandex swarms of longtime cycling enthusiasts...
The public art along the trail accentuates the path’s role as a sculptor of the city’s evolving identity. For example, Donna Sink’s “Moving Forward” is a series of seven stained-glass-hued eco-friendly bus shelters covered in lines from poems by local writers.
RTKL Gets to Design a 28-story Tower in Indianapolis
The bid to design an $81 million, 28-story residential tower on the site of Indianapolis' former Market Square Arena just went to RTKL (together with developer Flaherty & Collins Properties). The winning design was chosen by a panel of local government, real estate and community leaders and prevailed over five other competitors.
Indy's Super Bowl Building Boom
“I’m never trying to be disparaging to these other communities in any way,” says Bill Browne, a local architect on Indianapolis’ host committee who has looked at what other Super Bowl cities have done. “But we came away with the sense that they’re putting on an event. We’re certainly putting on an event here, but we are absolutely trying to transform a number of elements of our community as a part of this.”