The Oaks Academy Visits Cripe

Earlier this month Cripe welcomed the 8th grade math classes from The Oaks Academy for their annual field trip in which they look to answer the age old question “Why do we need to study math?” Since the Spring of 2008 our talented engineers,…

Inner DNA

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Carl Sergio and I recently had a chance to compete in a small design competition called the "1x20 Competition."  The goal of the competition was to come up with 20 different design solutions for the same urban lot located in downtown Indianapolis. The…

Sustainability- The Solar Decathlon (2010)

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The concept of "sustainability" is an issue of growing importance both here at Cripe and in the world at large.  Driven by a desire to conserve resources, it is primarily achieved through an increase in energy efficiency, whether that means…

Sustainability and Collaboration

As engineers, architects, interior designers, energy and facility advisors, owner’s reps and even as members of our community and family we are impacted by the idea of sustainability.  Sustainability has become a buzz word or target area…

Cripe Film Festival

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The third week of May, the Architecture department began what will hopefully be a monthly or bi-weekly opportunity at some lunchtime "out-of-the-classroom" learning- Architect Darin Lanich's idea to host an Architecture Film Festival here in…

The Art of Listening

Previously, my colleague, Matt Amore, wrote on the impact of listening to environment and client on design. Listening is one of those things we all know to be essential to daily life.  Yet, how often do we really do it? And when we do, are…

High Definition Surveying explained

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Many people have heard the terms 3D laser scanning, 3D Surveying, or High Definition Surveying, but exactly what do those terms mean?  Do they mean the same thing?  What is it all about?  Is it magic?  Smoke and mirrors?  Not exactly. …

Hedonistic Sustainability

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If you haven't heard of TED, you really need to check it out.  It's a collection of intellectual talks by experts in all different fields.  This talk by Bjarke Ingels engages the idea of sustainability by creating architecture as an ecosystem…

What is the role of architecture in the world today?

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What is the role of architecture in today's society?  How often do we in the design profession really think about this?  What should our role really be about?  I've really seen two methods put into practice.  Designers either dictate the…