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Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect

Earlier this spring, Axis’ Ashley Thornberry traveled to Washington, D.C. for Grassroots. The annual conference brings together architects and chapter leaders from across the country and helps them become better civic leaders. The conference included workshops, panel discussions, and a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for safer schools and energy efficiency. In this Q&A, Ashley shares her takeaways, talks about the importance of advocacy, and explains the term “citizen architect.” Continue reading “Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect” »

How a Redesign Helps You Reinvest in Your Company

You’re a business owner. A CEO. A chief financial officer. Your plate is full, and you’ve got a lot on your mind, especially when it comes to company growth. You know your business – no matter how quickly it grows – must continue to fulfill its mission. To keep up, you and your colleagues have been talking about reinvesting in your space. Maybe your company is expanding, and you need a more creative configuration of space. Or maybe your office is outdated, and you need to increase efficiency and productivity. No matter the scenario, you want to ensure that a redesign has a return on investment. Here’s how to go about sharing the news and making the transition. Continue reading “How a Redesign Helps You Reinvest in Your Company” »

Year in Review: 2018

It’s down-right difficult to describe 2018 in one word. “Rewarding,” “challenging,” exciting,” and introspective” are all fine words, but they don’t quite capture the nuances. So, instead of summarizing 2018 with an adjective, here’s what we started, what we finished, what we learned, and what caught our eye(s). Here’s what. Continue reading “Year in Review: 2018” »

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” »

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