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27 February, 2014 | Art, Design

Summer Internship

Helix is now accepting applications for summer internships!

Architects, Interior Designers & Interior Architects- please send correspondence to resume@helixkc.com.

 


30 September, 2013 | Design, Sustainability

Public Interest Design Institute Comes to Kansas City

Design Corps and the SEED Network recently collaborated to bring the Public Interest Design Institute to Kansas City for a two-day conference. The conference was inspired by the ideas and efforts of notable Public Interest Designer Bryan Bell, who has sparked a global movement toward a new approach to design. Public Interest Design goes beyond the typical scope of projects which simply address the architectural needs of the client and community to also consider social, economic, and environmental impacts.

Conference participants were introduced to global and local examples of PID projects. Through an open forum, presenters exchanged opportunities and challenges encountered in PID projects and also discussed the use of the SEED (Social, Economic, and Environmental Design) metric system as a framework for project development.

Public Interest Design has grown in popularity in the field of architecture through publications such as Design Like You Give A Damn, exhibits like MoMA’s Small Scale, Big Change, and organizations such as Architecture for Humanity. Inspired by the ideas and experiences shared at the conference, Helix is eager to implement PID projects and utilize the SEED metric to evaluate design efforts. Helix also intends to include the valuable information and resources gained into future participation with Better Blocks Kansas City and the HOPE Center via Eco Abet.

Open PhotoRebuild South Sudan, Jalle School: Investing in a community with few physical resources and a large population of refugee residents, Rebuild South Sudan recognized an enormous need for education. The Jalle Peace School will include a library, classrooms, computer center, administrative offices, and community space. The standing structure proudly marks the completion of phase one in a three phase project. Rebuild South Sudan, Jalle School: Investing in a community with few physical resources and a large population of refugee residents, Rebuild South Sudan recognized an enormous need for education. The Jalle Peace School will include a library, classrooms, computer center, administrative offices, and community space. The standing structure proudly marks the completion of phase one in a three phase project.
Open PhotobcWORKSHOP, Congo Street Initiative: Engaged in a street transformation of a socially and economically fragmented area of Dallas, bcWORKSHOP partnered with residents and homeowners to develop housing solutions appropriate to the community residents with a high level of design. Place and permanence were key concepts to the Congo Street Initiative; a holding house was first implemented on a vacant lot on the street to allow residents to stay near their home while construction continued on their own residence. bcWORKSHOP, Congo Street Initiative: Engaged in a street transformation of a socially and economically fragmented area of Dallas, bcWORKSHOP partnered with residents and homeowners to develop housing solutions appropriate to the community residents with a high level of design. Place and permanence were key concepts to the Congo Street Initiative; a holding house was first implemented on a vacant lot on the street to allow residents to stay near their home while construction continued on their own residence.

10 September, 2013 | Design

New Website

So you’ve probably noticed that things are a little different around here. A bit brighter. A lot more awesome. And hey—you might even be reading this post and exploring the new site on your phone or a tablet. Isn’t that a nice change?

Usability and user experience were two of the main drivers in this redesign. We wanted viewers to be able to navigate through a beautiful, functional, and enjoyable website no matter what kind of device they were using to do so. We wanted to pull people into the website with an engaging and interactive design that showcased our clients’ projects. We think that reaching those goals was made possible by teaming with local firms Design Ranch (design) and 40Digits (development).

One of the amazing (in this intern’s humble opinion) features of our website is its responsive design. That means all of the content shifts and adjusts intelligently according to your window size. Like so:

Website animation

animated GIF illustrating the new website’s responsive design

Please explore the new site and email us at info@helixkc.com to tell us what you think!

 


Cocktails & Conversation

This Wednesday, UMKC Architecture Urban Planning + Design and Helix will be co-hosting the monthly AIA Cocktails & Conversation from 5:30-7:30 at UMKC – Katz Hall. Stephen Hardy, Chief Community Builder, with MindMixer will be speaking as the community celebrates the dedication of the new Kivett and Myers Lobby at Katz Hall.

Hope to see you there!

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15 March, 2013 | Crossroads, Design, Workplace

Global Prairie & Vitra

Last summer we gave you a sneak peek into the innovative offices at Global Prairie featuring Vitra office furniture. A few months later we hosted Vitra for discussion on workplace design. Today, we’re thrilled to share Vitra’s website, featuring the Helix design at Global Prairie KC!

This project has been an excellent collaboration that we, for one, are proud to have been a part of.

View Global Prairie at Vitra.com View Global Prairie at Vitra.com

18 February, 2013 | Awards, Design, Helix People, Thought Leadership

Jay Tomlinson Receives Fellowship from AIA

Almost every action Jay Tomlinson has taken over his 30-year career has been oriented around creating a vibrant urban core—whether renovating historic structures or adding new buildings to the landscape.

Since he watched construction workers slip the keystone into the Saint Louis Arch as a young child, Jay has sustained the conviction that well-designed structures lead to more vibrant people and places.

A founding principal of Helix Architecture + Design, Jay built his practice around the question: Is it good for the city? He has engaged in all forms of community building—physical, economic, and cultural to make his city a better place.

Toward this goal, Jay found innovative ways to make preservation work financially viable and environmentally sustainable. He assumed leadership positions in city government to make sure it supports and rewards positive development. And he created and/or led organizations—the Urban Society of Kansas City, the Charlotte Street Foundation, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum Friends of Art—to enrich the fabric of urban life.

Open PhotoAn architectural alchemist, Jay Tomlinson—through his practice, civic service, and arts outreach—brought together architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and government in an explosion of vitality, propelling the largest urban renewal effort in Kansas City history. An architectural alchemist, Jay Tomlinson—through his practice, civic service, and arts outreach—brought together architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and government in an explosion of vitality, propelling the largest urban renewal effort in Kansas City history.
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11 October, 2012 | Art, Design, Helix People

Color + Couture Sneek Peak

Helix is teaming up with Messerschmitt, Inc. for this year’s Color + Couture, a fashion show put on by the International Interior Design Association and creatively-awesome local design firms paired with equally great product manufacturers. Last year we designed this fabulous carpet Can-can dress:

Credit: fotographix studio | joseph xiong

This year’s theme is “Avant-garde” and here is a sneak peak of what we will be strutting down the runway tomorrow night at the Starlight Theatre:


11 October, 2012 | Awards, Design

Developments of Distinction

Congratulations to MO Bank, 18Broadway, Legoland/Sea Life, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Posty Cards for the honor of receiving the Urban Land Institute of Kansas City‘s Developments of Distinction Awards and to Kay Barnes and Carol Marinovich for receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards. The award ceremony will be November 13th, 2012.

Urban Land Institute – Developments of Distinction Awards 2012 from Mike Varel on Vimeo.


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