Hired by the City of Kansas City, MO to design five prototype homes that will be situated on scattered sites throughout the city, we at DRAW are conducting a deep analysis of the contextual neighborhoods along with broader housing and societal trends in order to inform our designs. Our goal is to positively impact the neighborhoods in which we are working and create models that are replicable, resourceful, and innovative.
We all know the stories of Ellis Island and the famed words enshrined on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free..." But the reality of unwelcome various groups have experienced to this country has long been tainted with racism and bigotry, which were rationalized by eugenics. Now we use other terms and other rationalizations, but the result is the same ugliness and unjust demonization of people.
If you have missed it, there is are clear and compelling indicators that our AEC industry is on the precipice of transformational evolution, thanks to industry thought leaders taking a giant leap into the realms of smart buildings, IoT, and data.
In 2016, DRAW was shortlisted out of an initial list of hundreds of artists to create public art for a transit station on the Purple Line in Prince George's County, Maryland. Print Veils was developed in response to our research on the site and the "International Corridor" community in which it is situated--a community dominated by immigrants from Central and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.
The Big Picnic was held on Sunday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and for the second year in a row, DRAW sponsored the Quick Paint competition.
Dominique and the DRAW team are more inspired and motivated than ever about the potential that emerging Smart City technologies embody for solving critical problems our cities face.