Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination
May 23, 2011 – 5:14 pm | Comments Off on Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination
Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination

There are myriad activities surrounding the production of built facilities, and numerous people providing services. To optimize maximum performance our goal at Anderson Porter Design is to facilitate communication and coordination. Lean Project Delivery is a systematic approach that delivers much higher performance levels by putting people together on the same team or, metaphorically, together in the same boat.

Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle
April 13, 2011 – 12:40 pm | Comments Off on Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle
Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle

The current LPDS model developed by Glenn Ballard and the Lean Construction Institute grew from an emerging theory of project-based production systems and the implementation of these systems as an improved method of designing and building capital facilities. Anderson Porter Design feels strongly that a better process results in better products. The delivered value is not just the design of better production systems but significantly to realize better buildings.

Lean Design – Library Renovation Focused on Client Value
February 14, 2011 – 5:18 pm | One Comment
Lean Design – Library Renovation Focused on Client Value

Our lean design approach at the early planning and programming phase leveraged successful financial, historic, and programmatic outcomes for the project by resolving conflicting architectural goals, maximizing net program area, and increasing the overall habitable area in the building. Our lean design methods at the project completion stage assisted with reorganizing the project team and completing the project when the selected building contractor defaulted.

Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?
November 24, 2010 – 6:05 pm | Comments Off on Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?
Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?

Lean Design brings advanced tools and approaches to improve project team effectiveness, coordination and communication. Innovative approaches to improving teamwork are increasingly important; both as best practice and as a means by which to focus on project value and reducing waste.

Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
October 25, 2010 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation

In order to support continuous improvement and deliver the highest quality science, new research laboratory spaces are needed. These spaces must be flexible and agile in order to quickly adapt as research methods and techniques change over time. Adaptable labs spaces may be smaller and more readily modified to support shifts in research work and type. Research work may expand outside the traditional laboratory as collaborative teams engage in the creative exchange of ideas and need to quickly communicate and experiment. Improvements in mobile equipment, computational and communications technologies provide greater variety of research locations, immediately situated, distributed or remote.

Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe
September 27, 2010 – 10:00 pm | Comments Off on Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe
Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe

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Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon
September 16, 2010 – 3:02 pm | Comments Off on Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon
Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon

New hybrid spaces are emerging that create alternative workplaces with the express purpose of supporting mobile work. These hybrid spaces provide work support and the buzz or social activity without distractions and interruptions.

Defining Work
September 13, 2010 – 7:26 pm | Comments Off on Defining Work
Defining Work

How does one get to the nature of the work?

The first key is close observation; how is the work done? What are the interactions that define the work flow? Who interacts with whom, and what is the content of the interaction?

Anderson Porter Design
September 8, 2010 – 4:09 pm | Comments Off on Anderson Porter Design
Anderson Porter Design

In 2008 Anderson Porter Design engaged iconic photographer Elsa Dorfman to shoot a portrait to commemorate the return of our design practice to Cambridge.

Life Space – challenges to innovation
August 30, 2010 – 5:01 pm | 4 Comments
Life Space – challenges to innovation

Rapidly changing research practices at private biopharmaceutical companies, university and hospital research institutions and other emerging life science enterprises present a broad variety of work challenges to building and maintaining appropriate facilities.