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Brightwood Branch: The library as “the third place”

“The third place.” Attributed to Ray Oldenburg, the phrase refers to an inclusive, comfortable space that isn’t home (“the first place”) or the office (“the second place”). Informal in nature, the third place encourages individuals to interact, exchange ideas, and have a good time. Coffee shops, neighborhood pubs, fitness centers, and houses of worship are all examples. So, too, are libraries – especially the new Brightwood Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Continue reading “Brightwood Branch: The library as “the third place”” »

Design for the Blind: Architecture for the Visually Impaired

Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Meyer was born abroad and spent the first seven years of his life in Canada and Germany. When asked about his childhood, Meyer talks of bread from French bakeries, conversations with native Turks, and silky Italian ice cream. So, when his parents settled in semi-rural Indiana, there was some culture shock. But Meyer – who is legally blind – uses his travel experience to educate others about accessibility. Continue reading “Design for the Blind: Architecture for the Visually Impaired” »

From Rails to Recreation: A Q&A with Switchyard Park’s Design Team

Earlier this month, officials broke ground on the long-awaited Switchyard Park. Several members of the design team attended the groundbreaking, including Axis’ own Eric Anderson and Rundell Ernstberger Associates’ Kevin Osburn. They have been working on Switchyard Park since 2015 and 2011, respectively, and were eager to answer some questions about the 58-acre park. Continue reading “From Rails to Recreation: A Q&A with Switchyard Park’s Design Team” »

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