Posts in Architecture
Story Captured In Just A Few Words: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger History Wall

In 2018, Heurista was awarded the design commission for the donor recognition and history exhibit in the new Kennedy Outpatient Center at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is a dynamic was environment designed to engage the community and provide positive experiences for children and their families needing outpatient services. Notably, the Kennedy Outpatient Center also heralds a new era in the evolution of the Erlanger Health System and the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. It is the first of several new buildings to be built in the coming years.

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Creative Play: Cross County Shopping Center Playground

Heurista was engaged to help create a staged program of amenity improvements that will bring a park-like feel to the shopping mall. We were selected for our combination of creativity, project management skill, and expertise in sponsorship and recognition. Cross County acknowledges that they will need community partners to fund these new projects, ranging from seating that encourages a co-working style environment, a community art program, and renovations to existing hardscape that facilitate special events like concerts, fashion shows, and family activities.

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Creative Placemaking: Heurista’s Partnership with Edison Projects

Heurista works with Ed Manner and the team at Edison Projects to draw from experience in place-based storytelling for leading international property development firms ranging from the developers of Dubai’s Downtown - including the Burj Kalifa tower and The Dubai Mall – to Sung Hung Kai Properties who operate more than 50% of the public/private commercial properties in Hong Kong. Developers in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Morocco have engaged our thinking to welcome their communities.

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Interactive Display: Reflections Mobile in Portland

Riddles are inspiring to my design appetite. Reflections Mobile was commissioned to solve a Creative Placemaking riddle in urban Portland Oregon. The client was in an aggressive rebranding campaign for one of Portlands busiest commuter and retail properties. The vision was to create a pice that brought new vibrancy to the place and included references to the people who populated the place daily and nightly. No floor space was available. To impact the space a vertical solution felt right. A sense of inclusion was the vibe I was after from the public. Mirrored surfaces proved to be a subtle but powerful way to include viewers and create an element of interaction.

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Bringing Vibrancy to Casablanca's Morocco Mall

I’ve intentionally worked international assignments into my career, not just for the travel, but for the education and life experience that working abroad can bring. China was my first extended international experience and I was unprepared for the impact it would have on me personally and on my design and art practices. Later years working on projects in Europe made a specific impact. The Middle East shook my perceptions of the area and changed me as well. Naturally, the desire to keep exploring and reaching for the impact travel offers was strong. Africa had to happen, I was just waiting for the right time.

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