Creative agents

Thursday 31 Mar 2011

Paul Murdoch Architects design forms and original project typologies to shape new human activity

Through the poetics of sustainable architecture, Paul Murdoch Architects design forms and original project typologies to shape new human activity. They are creative agents of social and environmental change for institutions and communities seeking to improve 21st century life.

Project examples include their Flight 93 National Memorial, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (completed 2011); Council District Nine Headquarters, Los Angeles, California (completed 2010); Bayul Dewaling Gross National Happiness Center, Bumthang, Bhutan (estimated completion 2013) and UCLA Plant Growth Center, Los Angeles, California (completed 2003).

Flight 93 National Memorial, a 2,200-acre national park, is a new type of memorial designed as an entire landscape. Throughout the park, visitors experience a sequence of natural features developed to commemorate the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

Council District Nine Headquarters is built within an area of public park land. South Los Angeles has one of the lowest park land to resident ratios in the city, with less than one half acre per 1,000 residents, compared to nearly 60 acres in other areas of Los Angeles. The city hall introduces sustainable development to a community that has no such precedent. Through shared open space and public gardens, the center has become a catalyst for social and environmental change in South Los Angeles.

The GNH Center interprets and situates the intangible aspects of Gross National Happiness, as a national policy in Bhutan, into a physical Master Plan that lays out a place to examine happiness in the everyday lives of citizens, maintaining cultural identity amid expanding contact with the rest of the world.

The UCLA Plant Growth Center establishes a new type of building, adapting commercial greenhouse systems to create a research facility for scientific study of nutritional plant physiology and nutraceutical genetics - unlocking the potential of plant materials for promoting health. Nearly two-thirds of the American population is taking a botanical dietary supplement or nutraceutical health product. Although this $86 billion dollar industry continues to grow, there is still little scientific research to substantiate the true health benefits of these popular supplements.

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