MKM architecture + design - LOOKBOOK

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Inclusivity project: Communities for a Lifetime location: Bloomington, IN size: 200 Acres

why: Develop a municipal strategy aimed at incentivizing economic development that enhances the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

We design healthy places. MKM architecture + design believes that well-being is essential for communities to thrive. That’s why we have worked so hard over the last thirty-five years to improve the culture of health across the care continuum. For us, each project is an opportunity to focus on the relationship between design and health. Our design process is simple: listen, think, create‌repeat. It’s an iterative methodology that is grounded in empathy, reliant on critical thinking, and fueled by curiosity. Our passion lies in considering spaces that promote the health and well-being of people of all ages and abilities. We are not simply responsible for designing healthcare facilities. We are in the business of designing meaningful places for everyone.

Potato peeler design theory (healthy design from healthy process)

Mission Statement MKM is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the communities in which we work and live. With our diverse project experience and passsion for innovation, we are dedicated to creating healing environments for all ages and abilities.

Good design for everyone Effective design is measured by its ability to balance between independence and health. As designers, our responsibility is to understand how our work affects people’s dignity, comfort, security, and happiness. Take for example the Oxo potato peeler. The design was meant to improve the tool for an arthritic hand. However, its subtleness is what has revolutionized the industry. There is an inordinate amount of science embedded within in the product’s design, all of which you likely don’t notice. You simply pick up the peeler, use it, and put it back into the drawer. It was inherently designed for the sensitivities of a frailer population yet done in a way that appeals to a much broader demographic. This is the measure of good design – specialized solutions that appeal to inclusive audiences. In that way, we think of each of our projects as our potato peelers.

Comfort project: Cameron Memorial Community Hospital location: Angola, IN size: 126,400 SF

why: Explore how a shared neighborhood dining experience can transform the identity of a critical access hospital.

Belonging project: Speculative Mixed Use Development location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 250,000 SF

why: Consider how the evolution of home will change urban renewal throughout the Midwest.

Creativity project: Regional Museum of Southwest Florida location: Fort Meyers, FL size: 47,500 SF

why: Illustrate how STEAM programming can not only enrich children’s education but serve as a model for neighborhood redevelopment.

Relief project: Lutheran Pediatrics ED location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 7,300 SF

why: Provide an emergency care environment that engages children in need.

Empowerment project: Riverfront Redevelopment Plan location: North Manchester, IN size: 530 Acres

why: Create a placemaking strategy for a small Indiana town that centers itself on providing inclusive civic spaces that engage people of all ages and abilities and provide a platform to bring a diverse community together.

Hope project: Crossroad Child and Family Services location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 26,000 SF

why: Envision how the plan for a residential care campus can foster hope for the children it supports.

Arrival project: St. Vincent Hospital 86th St. Lobby location: Indianapolis, IN size: 9,950 SF

why: Explore how an engaging reception space can transform the care experience.

Engagement project: Clark Retirement Keller Lake Campus location: Grand Rapids, MI size: 172,000 SF

why: Develop a retirement community that can serve residents throughout the care continuum by providing an environment inspired by social interaction and personal choice to create a reciprocal village aimed at elevating the quality of life of the residents it serves.

Sustainable project: Speculative Eco-Village location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 31 Acres

why: Imagine how future community development can responsibly react to the regional ecosystem.

Friendship project: Lexington Springs Senior Living location: Plainfield, IN size: 150,700 SF

why: Consider how interpersonal relationships can serve as planning principals for a large senior living facility.

Opportunity project: LaPorte Libraries location: LaPorte, IN size: 58,200 SF

why: Transform the model of a conventional public library into an opportunity incubator eager to serve a small rural community.

Innovation project: Healthcare Campus location: Midwest, United States size: 300,000 SF

why: Illustrate how placemaking strategies can redefine the brand of an evolving care campus.

Resilience project: The Landing location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 135,000 SF

why: Explore how a centuries-old neighborhood can leverage social capital to transform itself into a model for modern urban living.

Fellowship project: Piper Trail Pocket Neighborhood location: Fort Wayne, IN size: 12 Acres

why: Develop a prototype for senior living that focuses on the power of camaraderie.

Imagination project: Lafayette Street Bridge Reconstruction location: Fort Wayne, IN size: (1) Bridge

why: Why not?

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