Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's "desperate" for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school's disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, "ahem, " all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer-school internships, the sixth graders discover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school's basement " Includes a classroom activity."
A successful design practice requires principals and staff who are creative, technically proficient, and financially savvy.Designing Profits focuses on the last component-the one that is so elusive for many architects, engineers, and construction professionals-the business aspects of practice.
Not an ordinary book on practice issues or finance, Designing Profits explains the application of design thinking to guide wise business decisions. It is indeed possible to be as creative in establishing and operating a practice as in designing and constructing a building. The book offers comprehensive guidance and objective tools for design professionals to reap financial rewards from their practices, and to discover innovative strategies to become entrepreneurial and implement creative practice models.
An extended case study is woven throughout the book. Witness the trials and tribulations of Michelangelo & Brunelleschi Architects as they engage problematic clients, tight project budgets and schedules, low fees and insufficient profits, marketing issues, quirky staff, technology upgrades, and growth, among other difficult challenges. This mythical firm, a composite of several real-life practices, navigates through these various dilemmas, providing readers with insights into superior financial management and a reimagined services portfolio.
"My teacher's pretty slick, Has a hundred teaching tricks. Even in the bathroom stalls, She hangs poetry on the walls, And while I'm there all alone I can't help but read a poem." From "Gross" and "Flushophobic" to "There's a Sock in the Toilet," these poems will have kids laughing all the way to "The Bathroom Dance!"