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AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles: Using Our Common Past to Build the Future

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Very rarely does one gain the opportunity to design a project whose mission is so critical to future generations and the planet on which we live. In addition, it is also good fortune to lead a project that also challenges one to devise fresh approaches to the idea of context, whether it is the local community of San Pedro and its history with the waterfront or the profound relationship of humanity and the ocean at large. But AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is such a project.

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Lessons from SXSWedu & SCUP: Be a Maverick of Design Thinking

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Epistemological agility is a term that Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean of the College of Design at Iowa State University, defines as the ability to frame questions from different experiential points of view. This agility is something that he hopes the campus’s future Student Innovation Center will promote – helping all disciplines to rediscover design as a vehicle for solving problems.

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Integrating Sustainability Into the Learning Environment

Lynn University International Business Center. Image © Michael Moran

When it comes to design, the higher education sector is often faced with a quandary: pursue trends or pursue sustainability?

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Incubating Higher Ed: 10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Campus

The new University of Kansas School of Business building marks a departure from the traditional design model – and, thus, the traditional approach to learning – focusing on innovation, serendipity, and being “future ready.” Image © Gensler

Over the past five years, we’ve seen a specific trend emerge in the world of higher education. It’s the emergence of a relatively small space, called the academic incubator. For Gensler, this began with universities such as MIT and organizations like Chicago’s 1871. They were designing hybrid maker spaces that acted as ‘bridges’ between the worlds of academia and the workplace, and they had the feel of entrepreneurial start-up offices. They may seem like a fad that’s spreading lightning-fast through the worlds of business and education, but we think they signal a more important paradigm shift. We see academic incubators as the spark igniting a revolution in design for learning.

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Counter-Intuitive Futures: Will Airport Terminals Really Be Better Through Technology?

The “Fight Deck” at SFO Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, developed by Gensler in partnership with Razorfish. Image © Joe Fletcher.

This post is part of a series related to the 2016 Gensler Design Forecast, highlighting trends that will transform how we live, work and play in the next decade.

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