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Wednesday
Jul192017

Order & Chaos: Planit’s New Brand of Connection

Order & Chaos, Planit’s coffeehouse, connects the agency’s clients with consumers.

When Baltimore’s award-winning ad agency Planit moved to a new neighborhood, it looked to forge a tighter bond with the community. So it opened a coffeehouse. (Yes, a coffeehouse!) What might seem like a head-scratcher of an idea turned out to be a stroke of genius.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Speaking of Livability

The stairs to Sydney’s Opera House invite a social moment. Photo: John J. Parman.

The new issue of Dialogue is designed to be read on any online device that suits you—a transition, 17 years after its debut as a print magazine, that speaks to how ideas and information reach us now. On a recent trip to Europe, I read a book on my iPhone—a necessity in the dimmed cabin of a 787, but one that spares me having to bring six paperbacks along to catch up on my reading.

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Monday
Jun262017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: Connecting the Dots

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

Like healthcare, design is about the individuals who collectively make up the whole. One powerful thread carrying through this blog series has been the importance of the human experience; that healthcare providers need to connect with their communities at all scales and build improved experiences.

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Tuesday
Jun202017

Roadblocks to an EV Centric World 

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Today, designers, developers and city planners who struggle to predict and prepare for an autonomous vehicle future – especially with an EV centric component – are overlooking the most obvious constricting factor: the accessibility of power itself. This fragile and archaic infrastructure’s life has been extended through building code modifications and public sector incentives to strike a more environmental way of living, but the result is simply treating the symptoms without curing the illness.

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Thursday
Jun152017

L.A.’s Next Big Challenge: Creating Inclusive Public Spaces 

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Gensler’s Los Angeles office sits amidst bustling Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)—a place that has undergone dramatic changes in environmental and demographic character over recent decades. Many native Angelenos will attest: “We never spent time downtown when I was growing up.” Today, cranes dot the downtown landscape in every direction. And while Los Angeles is an icon of diversity, with new development comes a clear sense of stratification.

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