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  • Nike Air Max – Centre Pompidou

    The Nike Air Max 1’s, inspired by the Pompidou Center, are really great. Most people either love or hate the building, but it’s pretty clear how the designer of these shoes feels.…

  • Found Pattern

    I was able to salvage a few logs from a tree being cut down, and the pattern on the wood is really amazing. Once the bark was removed an interesting imprint on…

  • Virgil Abloh Lecture

    Virgil Abloh’s lecture at the GSD in 2017 is really fun to watch. He shows a lot of different project types; from shoes to furniture to spaces. What stands out most about…

  • World Cup Jerseys

    Jersey design for the world cup this year is on point. Nigeria is getting a lot of attention for their lime-green zig-zag design, but even their solid green away jersey is pretty nice…

  • New Project in L.A.

    Bird Works is looking at a new project in L.A. The goal would be to convert an empty lot into a demonstration garden and staging ground for a non-profit. It’s always fun to be…

  • Greenwich Street Progress

    Things are going really well at Greenwich St. The lead architect and the owner’s rep made some really great final material selections, and construction is nearing completion. The channel glass wall is…

  • Swing Help

    Quick diagram done to help a friend figure out how best to mount a motion sensor on the frame of a big wooden swing. The sensor itself is intended to activate a…

  • Shaper – Origin

    What an amazing tool/piece of technology. The price point is a little high but compared to true cnc routers it’s not that bad. “On-Tool CAD” is a really impressive feature. Maybe some day… https://shapertools.com/#Howitworks

  • Watertown Facade Study

    A client asked for a quick design study, showing what could be done with this existing repair shop in Watertown. They haven’t asked for full design services, so right now it’s just…

  • Bird Works on Archinect

    Our West 4th Street project was included as one the top images in Archinect’s “Bedroom Spaces” Pinterest Boards. Always nice to see. http://archinect.com/news/article/150015505/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bedroom-spaces-pinterest-board

  • South End Roof Deck

    Construction is underway on a roof deck renovation in the south end with Recover Green Roofs. Looking good!

  • Brighton Photography Studio

    A new project is in the works in Brighton. We’re helping a creative agency convert this commercial garage into a studio for video and photography shoots. The budget is tight, but that…

  • Pretty Pictures

    Great looking renderings are less expensive than you may think. When used carefully, they can be an incredibly helpful design tool for working through interior spaces. Below is an image I’m working…

  • We Love Old Buildings

    Boston is filled with interesting old buildings. The existing building stock (much of which has withstood decades of New England weather) will play an increasingly important role in the future of the…

  • Context – Central Artery

    It’s striking how fast bad design is forgotten once it’s been replaced. I’ve taught a design studio at BU for the past few years, and each semester we do a precedent study focusing on…

  • Design Biennial Submission

    In putting together a submission for the Boston Design Biennial, I had a chance to take a look back at some past projects and polish up the text/presentation images. It’s telling to see how interest change over…

  • Happy Client – The Lab SF.

    I got an uplifting note from a client a while back, in the form of a recommendation. It’s nice to feel like your clients value your work and appreciate the time you…

  • AR 512 – Intro Video

    Work has begun on an introduction video for the studio I’m teaching at BU this fall. The course (AR-512) falls within the Architectural Studies concentration and is the first opportunity for students…

  • Lexington Townhouse Progress

    I’ve been working on some interior renderings for a townhouse renovation in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Here is a quick progress shot.

  • Nice & Sweet in Etapes

    A few months back an editor from a French Graphic Design magazine emailed to ask if they could include a few photos of the Nice & Sweet Sign in their fall issue.…

  • Fall @ BU

    Another semester is underway at BU. Quick view from our studio. Many more photos to come.  

  • Rendering Small Scenes

    Rendering small scenes can be a nice distraction at times. Small scenes are abstract. They don’t need to tell the entire story, just a small piece of it. Everything doesn’t need to be…

  • “The Role of the Engineer” By Peter Rice

    It’s only a matter of time before this elusive book, “An Engineer Imagines” finds it’s way into my possession. Until then, short excerpts will have to do. The Role of the Engineer In…

  • Surprise Photos

    It’s always great to get a surprise, especially when the surprise comes in the form of photos! Today the owners of the West Street Studio sent over some images of the space after construction. I wasn’t…

  • Bird Works in Etapes

    The “Nice and Sweet” sign we built for the Play Cafe in NYC will be featured in the September issue of Etapes; a French graphic design magazine. They found the project through a feature…

  • Fur as Insulator

    When comparing humans and polar bears on an infrared camera the differences are hard to miss. Even with the humans decked out in well-designed cold weather gear, polar bears are able to retain much more…

  • The Road to Lower Rents: Comments

    Middle and low income housing is in short supply in Boston and it’s becoming a contentious topic in communities around the city. In an article written for the Boston Globe in 2014,…

  • Thermally Active Surfaces

    “Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture” is a helpful resource for understanding the ways in which water-based heating and cooling systems outperform air based systems in most cases. The argument is clear that the…

  • Connectors

    With a few projects coming up involving 3D printing, I’ve started looking for inspiration on a specific topic: connectors. Joining plywood and square posts are nice, but what about  dissimilar materials? Cables, wood,…

  • These Old Homes

    It’s pretty common for buildings to be older than the people that inhabit them. The existing housing stock in Boston is pretty old. Most of the homes bought and sold each year…