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Wednesday
Sep102014

Old is New: Revitalizing The Anacostia Riverfront 

The new Lumber Shed building in Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront area. Image © Prakash Pratel

A version of this post originally appeared on Jordan Goldstein's personal blog

Growing up in the D.C. area in the late 70’s and 80’s, I knew Washington as a one-river town. The Potomac was the water body that defined the city, while the Anacostia River was the polluted waterway that I rarely heard about. The Potomac was (and is) the iconic waterway that so many associate with D.C. It serves as a shimmering backdrop to sun kissed photos of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Kennedy Center. Tourists walk along West Potomac Park, with rowers in the backdrop, their sculls seemingly floating above the surface.

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Tuesday
Sep092014

New Hub on Campus: Where Learning is Headed and What It Means for the College Campus

The University of Kansas School of Business. Image © Gensler

It seems that the most recent buildings to pop up on college campuses are trying to do more than just support academics. They are acting as hubs for all sorts of on-campus activities.

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Thursday
Sep042014

Shanghai Tower: Counteracting the Sway Inherent to Supertall Buildings

The Shanghai Tower’s Eddy Current Damper uses a series of copper plates and magnets (pictured above) to help reduce building movement. Image © Noah Sheldon

With only the final scaffolding remaining on the Shanghai Tower’s crown and the upper most beam in place, we can now fully visualize the building’s complete silhouette. As visually stunning as the curved tower is, the special features hiding within the silhouette, especially in the tower’s crown, are just as exciting. The tops of most buildings only feature observation zones for tourists, while masking the less interesting but mandatory mechanical elements with opaque glazing. The Shanghai Tower’s crown will of course encourage visitors to enjoy the unparalleled views of Shanghai, but it will also direct gazes towards the inner workings of the building itself and provide glimpses of wind turbines, a rain water collection system and two types of dampening systems: a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) with Eddy current damping applied. These last two are both near completion.

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Friday
Aug292014

What is the Function of Libraries in Our New “Wired” World?

The exterior of the San Jacinto College Lee Davis Library. Image © Gensler

Will books go the way of papyrus scrolls—relics of another age kept in glass boxes? That’s a question weighing heavily on the minds of many as our world becomes progressively digitized. Even the most devoted bookworms are wondering if their objects of affection can survive the era of Kindles, eBooks and BuzzFeed listicles.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Work in the City: The Transportation Issue

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Work in the City is a yearlong initiative directed at key drivers redefining how the rapidly changing landscape of work is influencing a new urban paradigm. It combines research, design thinking and unbridled creativity, and encapsulates Gensler’s ongoing commitment to ensuring global cities are vibrant, livable and sustainable platforms of economic growth and human interaction.

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