By Alan Reed on March 31, 2015
I just read a fascinating paper entitled A Colonialist Celebration of National <Heritage>: Verbal, Visual, and Landscape Ideographs at Homestead National Monument of America by Joshua Ewalt. It was fascinating to me because it interpreted,…
By Alan Reed on January 28, 2015
I’ve been thinking a lot about silver lately. Not LEED certification or the precious metal. And not because silver is the color of my hair, although it does represent the passage of time and that,…
By Alan Reed on February 27, 2014
The first visitor center we designed was the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for the Everglades National Park in 1993. I remember it well for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was…
By Alan Reed on February 12, 2014
Two of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences for an architect are when they first “land the job” and when a new building is christened. These are the times that architects feel like we do…
By Alan Reed on January 29, 2014
Based on what we discussed in Part I and Part II, multiple factors impact crowd control and visitor flow in interpretive facilities. The nature of the resource (what you are interpreting) and venue (where the…
By Alan Reed on November 11, 2013
Crowd Control & Visitor Flow in Interpretive Facilities A mark of a successful interpretive facility is its ability to handle large crowds at peak times, without feeling intimidating to small groups visiting during the off-season….
By Alan Reed on October 7, 2013
Crowd Control & Visitor Flow in Interpretive Facilities To say that visitor facility planning and design is challenging is an understatement. There are many factors that determine the success of a facility, most of which…
By Alan Reed on October 2, 2013
A rainbow beams over Cape Canaveral’s new Port Canaveral Welcome Center that was designed by GWWO. Photo courtesy of Tim Macy, Canaveral Port Authority.
By Alan Reed on September 24, 2013
Through our work on interpretive facilities in historically and culturally-significant settings, GWWO designers often find ourselves combatting the idea that new architecture must defer to, disguise from, or mimic work that has come before it….
By Alan Reed on August 19, 2013
At GWWO, we are architects, thinkers, wonderers, creators, partners, collaborators, debaters, questioners… well, you get the picture. It is in this spirit—and based on our desire to engage, share, and discuss—that we have started this…