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Happy 80th, Union Station!

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Los Angeles Union Station is the largest passenger railroad terminal in the Western United States. Conceived on a grand scale, it has long withstood the tests of time and natural disasters. In 1980, it joined the ranks of other great architectural wonders on the National Register of Historic Places.

To preserve Union Station for the future, BAM was awarded the unique opportunity to upgrade the iconic Los Angeles transportation hub. Collaborating with the team at Morlin Management and Union Station, BAM is passionate about restoring the beauty of the station and modernizing it to open an entirely new market for Union Station to serve as an inspired venue for corporate events, weddings and other milestone celebrations.

Congratulations Union Station on this diamond anniversary!

A continued, vibrant presence in Los Angeles, Union Station is celebrating on May 3rd and 4th with station tours, live concerts and DJs, a unique marketplace, and many more activities, showing how the station continues to be a vital part of the community. For more information on Union Station 80th anniversary events, click here.

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Disruptive Technology – How is the Industry Adapting?

Ross Cole NY BuildRoss Cole, Principal of BAM Architecture Studio, served as a featured panelist for the New York Build 2019 conference on the topic Disruptive Technology – How is the Industry Adapting?

One of the greatest successes at BAM is that we encourage people to play with technology. It’s the most likely way to find the magic and get reluctant people to adopt. Right now, we’re playing with VR and Augmented Reality to see how it may be more intuitive in the design process. For us, this means figuring out how to make VR look like an early sketch instead of a finished project – as the successful finished project takes many hours, weeks, and months to become a beautifully built space.

At BAM, weaving the varied passions and talents of our team into our daily practices has led to success not only with our clients, but also our culture. Our technology leaders are architectural and interior designers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tools available to enhance the design process. Each technology leader focuses on three key objectives:

  1. Search for and evaluate new technology
  2. Determine why BAM should consider the technology, and how it will improve our design work flow and project delivery both internally and for our clients
  3. If BAM adopts it, be a champion to promote and educate BAMMERs about the technology for consistent company-wide use

In addressing technology externally, BAM seeks consultants, contractors and vendors who are also technology adapters. For BAM, it fosters smooth collaboration and a more efficient process when all firms are able to “speak the same language” while designing and building.

As BAM builds our technology toolbox, our technology leaders look for tools, equipment, and programs that are likely to be widely adopted rather than momentarily popular or new to the market with an unsure longevity. This doesn’t mean our team lags behind – it means the BAM team is consistently aware of programs and trends, and looks for clues to see if a given technology is embraced by a critical mass of the world to stay in existence.

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BAM: Color Coordination

At BAM, we pride ourselves on our well-coordinated and highly collaborative teams. Upon arriving on-site for a client, members of the BAM NY team realized they were also coordinated in their clothing!

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Excellent coordination, team!

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Industry Giant Re-Engages BAM

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Innovation is born from the desire to learn, collaboration with a diverse team, the drive to improve upon current practices, and the tools to turn ideas into reality. The design of a space, from the aesthetic feel to the ease of access to technology, strongly influences the speed to innovation. BAM has successfully completed highly technical facilities for our client, leading to research and products that change the landscape of findings in science.

With our capacity for efficient communication, understanding client needs, and smooth project delivery, our team was recently awarded multiple opportunities for a confidential aerospace client. In line with these new opportunities, BAM has designed cutting-edge environments for science, innovation, and learning by incorporating a few key elements into each design:

Equipment for technological breakthroughs

Technology, from computers to laboratories to aeronautics, enables our client to research and develop a variety of groundbreaking solutions to problems that exist today. BAM has worked closely with the client to determine the exact equipment to suit their needs, and ensured they had the necessary power to keep the equipment running at the highest efficiency. Our team tracked the actions of the scientists throughout the development process and designed an equipment layout to follow these steps, resulting in ease to track results and improve methods. Efficiency in the development process results in products getting to market faster.

In support of physical science research, BAM is designing technically demanding manufacturing spaces and integrated laboratories to create, study and test products and systems in extremely realistic simulations. From client meetings, our team understands that exact temperatures are vital to the manufacturing process, and we are mindful of these details in design. The unique manufacturing oven features liquid nitrogen and nitrogen gases to maintain the correct level of cooling with the heat exhaust and off-gasses safely vented during the manufacturing process. Clients utilize integrated laboratories to capture information of how a product will withstand varied situations, and this enables researchers to improve products through concrete data. A key benefit is the ability to draw investors to the product, as potential customers have the opportunity to see the new product in action.

Collaboration breeds creativity

How do innovative ideas come to be? There are many factors, but an element that stands out is the fresh approach that comes from sharing your thoughts with others. The opportunity to brainstorm problems and discuss ideas away from desks and outside the laboratory in more informal settings puts creators and inventors in different mindsets. BAM has designed pantries that expand beyond the traditional role of a small place to store food and prepare meals. Modern salons that encourage exchange of ideas, our pantries feature long, shared counters, small and medium tables with comfortable seats, and room in the kitchen for chances to chat by the water cooler or coffee machine made frictionless with technology on demand.

Similar to the pantry, for spaces that have often served one primary function, our designers have created a multi-use space by incorporating the idea of teamwork into the layout. Interior pedestrian bridges transform into ideal areas to relax and discuss ideas openly with beautiful landscape views and colorful, cozy sofas that wind into interesting shapes. Huddle areas are an easy addition into any office, from small spaces to open areas. Created specifically with collaboration in mind, huddle areas may feature tall tables or a few close seats throughout an office for impromptu meetings and discussions.

At BAM, remaining attentive to technological needs and designing spaces that support collaboration led to repeat project engagements. This continued partnership speaks to BAM’s larger goal – designing for the success of our client.

BAM + ANFA Connections: BridgeSynapses

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Connections: BridgeSynapses is a conference hosted by the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). Held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the conference invites renowned speakers to share their research on the human physiological response to the built environment.

BAM principals Pam Cole and Ross Cole were in attendance, and are starting 2017 by sharing innovative findings that will strongly improve the world of design.
1. Architects apply science to the built world.
Fact: Every single brain is unique, imprinted by biology and previous encounters. There is no such thing as a ‘universal brain.’
Proven
: Beauty is in the brain of the beholder.1
Proven: Configuration of a space promotes different behaviors.2

Does your space promote the behaviors you want to see?  If yes, understand and preserve it.  If not, understand and change it. But how? Changing peripheral influences may elicit the desired behavior.

Did you know the peripheral aspects of space are shown to have more influence on outcomes than the focal point?  For years, we’ve been taught to put our energies into the spotlight – that key thing that is the focus of our eyes.  Studies by several presenters demonstrated that the peripheral aspects, including the actions going on visually at the perimeter, acoustics, and materials heavily influence our perception of space.  This phenomenon is not just limited to rooms.  Facial recognition is another area where periphery is a major component of understanding.  Eric Kandel, the 2000 Nobel Prize winner, demonstrated this at the conference.  Without creating a spoiler alert, contact Ross Cole and he’ll show you what he demonstrated.  It’s pretty fascinating.

2. Stress + Resilience = Enriched Outcome

Fact: Americans spend 87% of their time indoors.
Proven:  The built environment can either accelerate or inhibit resiliency. 3

Several presenters were investigating stress, outlined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes tension and may contribute to illness. What can environments do to reduce stress, and how do they increase stress? Isovist Theory4 is an observation that bigger, more open spaces actually contribute to increased stress levels, such as New York’s Times Square, Washington DC’s Western Plaza, or LA’s Pershing Square. Conversely, smaller, more crisply defined spaces (New York’s Paley Park, Washington DC’s Eastern Market or LA’s Grand Central Market) reduce stress and increase resilience, or the ability to recover from illness, depression or adversity. The same is found in interior spaces, particularly the ability to have a clear visual understanding of a space.  Research points to the user’s ability to have some control to influence their environment as a key factor for well-being.

For BAM, we’ve seen clear benefits first hand.  For example, we designed one of the first Hybrid Operating Rooms (HOR) in the US specifically designed with user controls. The patient controls environmental factors in the room such as lighting color. Asserting control of their room produced calmer, less anxious patients for which medical staff reported lower use of anesthesia. Business wise, this has a direct bottom line impact. Lower anesthesia usage reduces risks and shortens patient recovery time.

3. “Creativity” is a word for amateurs.  We are”Experimentalist”.5

—  Spoken by Eric Kandel. Attributed to Jeff Koons.

We solve problems.  Architects build bridges across the chasm between the subconscious brain and reality.  Creative people have greater capacity to control the natural aggression of the subconscious toward a critical analysis of beauty.  Known as Neuroaesthetics, this skill can be developed to better connect creativity to practical applications and experimentation.

The concept of being “experimentalist” may be more easily understood as working versus playing. Looking at some of the most successful people in the world of art, science and business, there is one thing that stands out: When people are really inspired by what they are doing, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between when they are working or playing. This was the case between the architect Louis Kahn and the scientist Jonas Salk. While they spoke different professional languages, the one word observed they had in common was play. May you be one of those people where the world can’t tell if you are at work or at play.

Eager to see conference videos and learn more about the speakers? Visit the ANFA site here!

Footnotes

1. Cattaneo et.al. 2014
2.Bermudez, J PhD, Chatterjee, A. PhD, Magsamen, S. Connor, E PhD. NeuroAesthetics Initiative at Johns Hopkins Brian Science Institute.
3. Fich, LB PhD, 2016. Can the design of space alter stress responses?
4. Knoll, M. PhD, 2016. Environmental factors related to perceived stress in open public spaces.
5. Attributed to Jeff Koons by Eric Kandel. Jeff Koons, Artist-In-Residence, Columbia University, Department of Neurology.

BAM + Make-A-Wish

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In our own small way, we strive to make the world a better place through design.  Whether we are creating a tranquil space for a newborn baby or supporting a scientist’s research to cure an illness, our core values speak to improving the world.

Each year, we make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of our commitment to positive change. We are glad to support Make-A-Wish in its mission of granting “the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.”

This year, Peter was one of many kids whose wish was granted. Never having been in an airplane, Peter’s wish was to fly. Learning of Peter’s passion for the US Navy and his desire to be a pilot, Make-A-Wish took Peter’s dream one step further.

See what change looks like. In the video below, watch Peter’s excitement as he flies alongside naval aviators, boards a Naval Aircraft Carrier, sits in the Admiral’s chair, and pilots the helm of the ship.

 

BAM Celebrates Sweet 16

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Over the past sixteen years, we at BAM are thankful for the creative collaborations with our clients, consultants and each other.

To commemorate our sixteenth birthday, a variety of vibrant images were designed to acknowledge this milestone. Each of our clients and consultants received a different image in our anniversary email. You may recognize one of the images among those featured in our exciting, color-rotating 16 above! Which one did you receive?