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Fitness Centers, Micro-Gyms and the Rise of Collaborative Medicine

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There’s no question that contemporary health and wellness practices cross the continuum of care: from acute care hospitals to retail health, the health and wellness community now recognizes the importance of all aspects of medicine and champions cross-discipline collaboration. For individuals, a collaborative approach to medicine includes access to the right team of medical professionals, a healthy lifestyle and personal accountability. Eating right, not smoking and staying active must be part of the daily wellness prescription. Luckily, we now have access to tools that can bridge the gap between medical practitioners and everyday wellness regimens. Doctors have long wanted exact information about patients' fitness and activity levels; the surge of wearable fitness trackers and the mountains upon mountains of data they collect can give doctors exactly what they crave. Data driven, collaborative medicine is where this field is headed.

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A Design Opportunity: Building #OurCityOakland

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On Feb. 4-6, residents in Oakland, Calif. (from children to adults) will be able to build the future design of the city, literally. In an event that has taken place in cities across the United States, including Raleigh and San Francisco, the Our City festival is inviting Oaklanders to imagine, build, and celebrate the future of their community. To learn more about the Fair and how it can impact the future of planning and designing cities across the country, the GenslerOn editorial team interviewed Our City Co-Founders, Ray Boyle and Jake Levitas, and Gensler Oakland’s Design Director and Principal, Doug Wittnebel.

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Healthcare Is a Team Sport: Four Healthcare Accelerators Changing the Game 

The Johns Hopkins accelerator, FastForward East.

Editor’s note: This post is the first in a series on the rise of healthcare accelerators, and fostering collaborative medicine through innovation.

At TMCx, the Texas Medical Center’s coworking space in Houston, a class of health start-ups are developing life-changing technologies under one roof: An analytics company is building predictive algorithms to help clinicians improve patient outcomes; a team of neuroscientists and designers is crafting a vest allowing deaf individuals to perceive auditory information; and a biotech company is developing virus-driven immunotherapies.

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Preserving Rare, Valuable Books and Artifacts, 27 Feet Below

Libraries like the New York Public Library help democratize information, and design plays a critical role in preserving the materials these institutions provide. Image © Mike. (Image was modified fro its original version)

Beneath the buzz of winter holiday shoppers and summer movie crowds that make New York City's Bryant Park such a lively year-round destination exists a sophisticated, high-tech book storage facility. The flagship of the New York Public Library System, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library is an iconic cultural institution served by a complex retrieval network and vast underground collection of valuable and rare books, maps, art works and manuscripts.

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Why Architects Visit Rome in the 21st Century

The city of Rome continues to inspire architects and designers. Image © Mark Andrew Kelly

Last year, Gensler’s Mark Andrew Kelly spent several months in Rome as a Giles Worsley Rome Fellow in Architecture. The fellowship, which was awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Academy, is given to one architectural historian or an architect in practice per year. Recipients deliver an architectural exhibition in Rome and an architecture lecture in London. Kelly used the time to reflect on his chosen profession and gave a lecture at Germany's national academy Bibliotheca Hertizana on the topic, “Why architects visit Rome in the 21st century.”

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