Posts tagged placemaking
We Learn by Making

These days, the Heurista team is seldom covered in paint and hand-building our designs ourselves – well, it still happens sometimes. It’s in our blood, it’s who we are. We know what can be built because we know how to build. Our designs are informed by our knowledge of how materials feel when you shape them. Our shared history as makers allows us to dream bigger while staying within the realm of what’s practical, affordable, and safe. Now that we lead teams – inside and outside of Heurista – we hold those who make our designs with or for us to that same high standard.

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UAB Blazers - Community Support for the Team

A nearly unbelievable thing happened: for a while, there was no football at the University of Alabama Birmingham. This was a decision that rocked the university and the city, pulling them together in support of a sport that was integral to the community and its sense of place. Over a remarkably short time, the community stepped forward supplying the necessary enthusiasm and financial support to rebuild the football program at UAB.

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Child-focused Donor Recognition: Opportunities for Creative Design

Designing donor recognition for projects focused on children provides special challenges and special rewards. “Bright and colorful, playful, engaging, interactive…” are the first instructions we hear. If a brand manager or the architect is in the room, “integrated, coordinated, and tasteful” get added to the list. Facilities chimes in with “safe, durable, and easy to maintain.” The foundation reminds us, “we may need to add names later” and “it has to be cost-conscious.” Such was the case in Chattanooga, Tennessee but there is so much more to be said about the Kennedy Outpatient Center at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

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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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Creative Placemaking: Turning Song into Place

Immersive experiences are all the rage now. The term has gotten a new life with the trend of sharing pictures that drive personal narratives. When I look back over my 20+ years designing for public spaces I can recall the idea of immersive always being present. Scale often drives a sense of immersion as do interactive components and attention to details. A project from days before everyone carried a camera and all the worlds information in their hands is the Giving Garden that was commissioned by a leading retail cluster developer. The challenge was to use the principles of Creative Placemaking to carry the traditional narrative of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ song. What Fun!

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Celebrating Ramadan: Using creative placemaking to bridge cultural norms

Forced air sculptural installation at Mall of the Emirates on Dubai, UAE. Nylon fabric and custom electric fans for starlights and crescent moon. Custom programmed lighting effects in white and green light, green being the traditional color of Ramadan. Suspended from iron and glass pavilion roof. Viewed from four levels. Designed to fill very large overhead open space as an observance of Ramadan for the families living in and visiting Dubai.

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Marrying Art and Consumer Engagement

Interactive design is an area to which we love to apply our creative placemaking skills. We are often asked to maintain a brand narrative for a hospital system, a University system, a Commercial property, or a park. Sony commissioned me to come up with a way to showcase the brand and its product while creating a fun interactive sculpture to live in their New York City headquarters.

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