Research and Development

R&D Day 2017

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Below is a short summary of the 12 topics we explored on R&D Day. We will be posting detailed blog posts on what we learned for each topic throughout the next few months. Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all our findings!

Adapting Buildings for Multifamily Use
Looking at local adaptive reuse projects in our neighborhood, we identified what building types are easily transformed and why they lend themselves well to unit infill. Which building types could be next on the  rise in housing with reuse capabilities? Stay tuned for the blog post with our thoughts!

Benjamin Moore

Urban Pockets in Suburbia
We toured Stapleton and The Pearl Street District to gather ideas for the new concept of Surban pockets. Surban is a suburban area that has the feel of urban, with easy walking access to retail from a house or apartment. We also explored the dichotomy between a traditional, organic urban retail center and the development of a new, synthetic Surban pocket. Look for our blog to see what we found!

Urban Pockets

Component Based Housing
For R&D Day, we explored the idea of component based housing. Having multiple parts of a home be customizable to fit a family’s needs is becoming more popular. Component based housing focuses on designing a home to be flexible. For example, if extra space is needed down the road, a room is able to be added to seamlessly fit in with the entire home. Our discussion led to a few takeaways that we will share in a blog post. Stay tuned!

Designer Developer
The question at hand: How do our developer clients assess the viability of a deal? To answer this question, we invited two local developers to join us in discussion, and to walk us through the process each would use on an example project. Who were the developers and what insights did they share? Be on the alert for our blog with the answers! As a bonus, we’ll reveal the tips investors shared with us on hacking the real estate market in Denver.

Do This, Not That
Touring a few single family homes and communities around Denver, we came up with a list of design details that are a must and ones to avoid. Our blog post on this topic will contain numerous photos of what not to do and ways to successfully execute design details.

Master Planning Process
Our land planning team developed a booklet describing our master planning process during R&D Day this year. Our four step approach starts with gathering information, and moves to idea generation, vision refinement, and final execution. Stay tuned for the blog post on the details of the booklet!

Self-Driving Cars & Their Impact on Housing

For our topic of self-driving cars, we focused on four main areas:

  1. the car experience
  2. the parking experience
  3. the streetscape experience
  4. a case study on how to transform a community to accommodate self-driving cars.Keep an eye out for our blog on the answers we discovered for self-driving cars and their impact on housing.

Temporary Housing Solutions
We focused this topic on finding temporary housing solutions for the homeless that ultimately leads to permanent housing solutions. We came up with a phased program with an outcome goal of permanent, self-sufficient home ownership. Our blog will highlight the phases and goals within each phase for our temporary housing solution.

Virtual Reality
Have you ever wanted to know what a building feels like before it’s built? We did… and spent one whole day devoted to testing the newest VR software and honing our skills. Keep an eye out for our blog to see how our day in Virtual Reality went.

Transitioning Existing Multifamily Projects from Rental to Ownership
Condominium conversion is the process of converting rental apartments, which are presently leased by tenants, into condominium apartments, which may be purchased and then owned by occupants. Keep an eye out for the blog post on what we learned from exploring condo conversion.

The Changing Role of the Home
Our team analyzed how the form and function of the home has developed over the past 4 generations in response to economic and social influences.  From this analysis, we formed conclusions for future home design. Stay tuned!

Augmented Reality
We got the opportunity to explore the architecture world through augmented reality. We took 2D plans and transposed a 3D model onto them. With an app called Augment, you can scan a plan and a 3D model will pop up, where you can further explore it from all angles. In our blog post we will delve into things we learned then and big takeaways of Augmented Reality.

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