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Can We Make New Office Buildings As Cool As Warehouses?

We are rapidly running out of old warehouse buildings to renovate, and selling space in the glassy towers of the central business district is difficult as corporate buildings become less and less attractive. We need a new building that is attractive to companies who cut their teeth in co-working incubators before seeking their own digs.

We are a society obsessed with the new. We want to look eternally young, drive the latest car, wear runway-fresh clothes and have up-to-the-minute technology at our fingertips. We do not care if the battery in our phones cannot be changed, because we are happy to simply get a newer phone. The American pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is a glittering glare of polish and gloss, all sparkling and new.

That is, unless we’re talking architecture.

Cannon Design's own St Louis Offices are located in a power house built in 1928. Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC Ansarada / Those Architects. Image © Brett Boardman Donmar Dryden Street / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Philip Vile Cannon Design Regional Offices (St Louis) / Cannon Design. Converted industrial buildings "are big spaces vertically as well, trading the standard 9-foot (3-meter) ceiling in most office towers for soaring rafters". Image © Architectural Imageworks, LLC

How Should Cities Prepare for an Aging Boomer Population?

Since the end of the Second World War, one of the biggest agents for social change has been the "Boomer" generation, those born in the postwar years who thanks to a spike in birth rates in those years represent a disproportionate amount of the population. But as this group ages, what will their effect on our cities be? In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "How Boomers Will Shape the Future of Our Cities," principle at CannonDesign Peter Ellis outlines what his generation will need from the places they live as they get older.

I am an architect, and a designer of cities. I am also among the Boomer generation, the 65-year-plus demographic that, due to our increasing numbers, is creating a giant bubble at the upper end of the population charts.

We are not, however, aging like the generations that preceded us. “We will be able to give many people an extra decade of good health, based on what we are able to do in the lab now,” says Brian Kennedy, President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The primary triggers for most disease can be controlled, enabling people to remain productive well into their eighties, nineties, and beyond.

How will this “revolution” in human longevity impact our cities? Unlike our parents, Boomers have not moved to retirement communities, preferring, rather, to stay as long as they are able in their urban neighborhoods—where they can continue to lead active lives.

Nassau Community College / Cannon Design

  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: Garden City, NY, USA
  • Project Designer: Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Andreas Hausler, Associate AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architects: Tamako Ito, Mecayla Burns, AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team: Javiera De la Cuadra, Roberto Macias, Yuko Okuma, Jose Zequeira
  • Client: Nassau Community College
  • Managing Principals: Patrick Curley, AIA / Brad Lukanic, AIA
  • Structural Engineer: Cannon Design
  • HVAC & Electrical: Cannon Design
  • Construction Manager: Jacobs Global Buildings North America
  • General Contractor: Aurora Contractors
  • Plumbing and Fire Protection: AMA Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers
  • Audiovisual Consultant: CMS Innovative Consultants
  • IT & Data Consultants: TM Technology Partners
  • Code Consultant: CCI
  • Area: 73000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Cannon Design

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653 10th Ave. Housing / Cannon Design

Courtesy of Cannon Design
Courtesy of Cannon Design
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: New York, NY, USA
  • Project Manager: Andreas Hausler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Designer: Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
  • Managing Principal: Robin Cibrano, AIA
  • Design Team Leaders: Jovana Kandic-Carlot, Aimee Chang, AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team: Aiyla Balakumar, Annette Giuffrida-Leveque RA, LEED AP, Tamako Ito, Roberto Macias, Jose Zequeira
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Cannon Design

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Welcome to the Wellness Center: A New Breed of Recreation Design

The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions
The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions

Until recently, student health and counseling services have predominantly been offered independently of athletics and recreation. But as institutions contemplate a more unified approach to health and wellness, the boundaries of these traditionally separated campus services are becoming blurred. Many believe that unifying these various programs and services under one roof is in the best interest of their students’ long-term health, as well as a potential budgetary and operational boon. 

This recent shift in mindset has supported the emergence of a new breed of recreation centers that is only anticipated to multiply. “We’re seeing more and more universities come to us with a new set of challenges and program needs, as opposed to simply saying ‘we need this type of building,” says Brad Lukanic, Cannon Design’s executive director of education. 

More on this new breed of Wellness Center, after the break...

St. Louis Public Library / Cannon Design

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
  • Design Principal: George Nikolajevich, FAIA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

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Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute / Cannon Design

© K C Kratt
© K C Kratt
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
  • Design Principal: Mehrdad Yazdani, Associate AIA
  • Area: 476000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: K C Kratt, Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior , Thomas Mayer, Greg Meadows, Tim Wilkes

© Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior © Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Indiana University Health / Cannon Design

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© James Steinkamp

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Environmental Awareness Week, Hosted by Cannon Design

From October 22-26, Cannon Design will host a prominent and diverse group of speakers to present at the Chicago firm’s 11th Annual Environmental Awareness Week. 

University of Arizona Medical Center South Campus / Cannon Design + CDG Architects

  • Architects: Cannon Design, CDG Architects
  • Location: Arizona, United States
  • Architect in Charge: Michael J. Smith
  • Design Team: Angena Chang, Jenna Wittenberg, Norena Florendo, Arlene Sanchez, Aileen Du, Joe Lafo, Dimitri Contoyannis, Shannon Bartch, Jhiah Chang, Grant Getz, Glenn Jonas, John Waller, Ryan Repucci, Jean Luc Cuisinier, Alex Victa, Carey Woo, Mark Herman, Steve Copenhagen, Greg Degiusti, Jeff Nudi, John Swift
  • Landscape Architect: Wheat Scharf
  • Structural Engineer: Holben, Martin, White Consulting Engineers, Inc
  • Civil Engineer: RS Engineering
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Bill Timmerman

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Bill Timmerman © Timothy Hursley

4 Things Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Healthcare

Rendering by Cannon Design.
Rendering by Cannon Design.

A few months ago, Deborah Sheehan, a Principal and Healthcare Leader at Cannon Design, was given the task of designing a prototype healthcare facility in Afghanistan, a country averaging about one hospital bed for every 2,400 people.

The challenges that Sheehan and her colleagues faced were considerable: limited construction materials, few skilled tradesmen, political corruption, tribal rivalries. But the resultant design solutions were smart, low-cost, and high-quality – they had to be, after all.

To a certain extent, Sheehan was expecting her team to come up with an innovative design; what she didn’t consider, however, was how applicable the design strategies would be to our own troubled system. In her article for HealthCare Design, “Beautiful, Broken, and Broke,” Sheehan outlines the 4 things the Afghanistan healthcare system does well, frankly better than the American,  and what we could gain by applying them here…

Read after the break to find out the 4 design strategies employed in Afghanistan that could help our Healthcare System…

California State University Student Recreation Center / Cannon Design

  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: Long Beach, CA, USA
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Mep Engineering: P2S Engineering
  • Civil Engineering: Breen Engineers
  • Landscape Engineers: Carter Romanek Landscape Architects
  • Client: California State University, Long Beach
  • Area: 109000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf

Los Angeles Mission College / Cannon Design

  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Engineering: Integrated Engineering Consulting Engineers
  • Area: 87000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Feinknopf Photography

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Top 100 Architecture Firms

© Joe Pugliese
© Joe Pugliese

Architect Magazine‘s third-annual ranking of American architecture firms takes a look at three factors: profitability, sustainability, and design quality. This whole picture approach provides an opportunity for small and large firms to go head to head, with a result of the best architecture firms, not necessarily the biggest.

Some of these practices have been featured on ArchDaily like Perkins + Will, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Cannon Design, and Frank Harmon Architect.

Take a look at the complete rankings after the break.

Cannon Design Regional Offices / Cannon Design

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