As we move into week 7 of the Shelter-in-Place / Stay at Home Order, our need for outdoor activity, a connection with nature, and breathing in fresh air is at an all time high. Whether that means going to a park for a walk, a hike in the woods, or a walk down the street, the value of and need for open space, that can be enjoyed safely, is being felt by all people.
The current Covid-19 pandemic has given me time to think, to reflect. As I reflect on my business, how it came to be, and as I look to the future and where I want it to go, I realize that I’ve lost track of my roots. I’ve taken on projects that while financially successful, have come at a greater cost – projects that I’m not emotionally invested in and a few relationships that proved to be less collaborative than I would like.
As I sat in my daughter’s, bedroom and listened to my husband and her begin the nightly teeth brushing routine, I waited…would it be a good listening night? Or would it be a cacophony of tears, tiredness, and frustration – on both parts (okay, maybe not the tears on both parts, but definitely the frustration!)?
Everything that we do in life shapes who we are and how we show up in this world every day. As I reflect on past projects, and the lessons that I’ve learned from each, I keep coming back to the Jewel Changi Airport Project – an approximately 4.8 Acre Garden draped inside of a retail building at an airport – one part crazy, twelve parts complicated and all amazing!
Having completed a number of roof terrace renovation projects, here are a few key technical issues that need to be considered and addressed early in the design project in order to confirm the viability of the project and reduce the design and construction risks. These should be tackled in parallel with the programming of your Amenity Space, as the information revealed in these will significantly impact the feasibility, viability, and quality of space possible.
Virginia Beach Releases 2030 Vision for Resort Area, but does it take a stand on Sea Level Rise and Resiliency?
I was very excited to see that Virginia Beach just released their 2030 Vision for their designated Resort Area. Given the extent of waterfront property that they have, and the fact that tourism is one of the key industries for Virginia Beach, I was eager to see how they would be protecting these vital waterfront assets and the inland community.
As we dive into 2020, I can’t help but anticipate some new trends as well as some continuing trends in the design of resorts. In 2019 we saw an emphasis on technology, sustainability, health and well-being, and personalization.
The following will be game changers for 2020 – let me know your thoughts as well!