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Wednesday
Jul012015

Unexpectedly Expected, Part Two

Image © Paul Rivera

Imagine for a moment that you’re enjoying a beautiful New York day on a roof terrace with your family. The kids are romping atop a small landscaped hill, you’re sitting at a rooftop picnic table enjoying a view of nearby planes taking off. Your dog is within sight, too—playing in an area reserved for dogs, rolling around with a few canine friends. Then imagine something unexpected: you’re on a rooftop… at the airport.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Housing Equality and Shaping Healthy Communities

The Town Hall Apartments at the Center on Halsted Image © Gensler

This past Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched jubilantly in Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade past the Gensler-designed Town Hall Apartments, the award-winning LGBTQ-friendly senior living facility built in partnership with Heartland Housing and the Center on Halsted. As if to further exemplify the changing times in brick and mortar, the complex incorporates a 1907 police station where raids targeting the local gay community had long been conducted.

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Thursday
Jun182015

How Incorporating Playability Can Help Us Design Better Cities

Image © Gensler

As a global firm, Gensler touches an incredible variety and scale of project types in the built environment. As a result, we are able to identify trends, see patterns across cities, neighborhoods, organizations and countries. One of the trends we’ve observed is playability, an idea that interconnects happiness, health, cultural identity and engaged communities. Playability, and the notion of the playable city, has the potential to expand our thinking in the planning process and design solutions. Integrating play into our civic landscape creates family friendly environments that appeal across generations and create opportunities for the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Simply, playable places help remind all of us of our innately curious nature as humans.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Gensler Las Vegas Proposes The Cashman Battery

The Cashman Battery. Image © Gensler

It’s an exciting time in Las Vegas! Not many cities can say they have a solid business foundation, an abundance of land, and an appetite for growth—but Las Vegas can. And with this desire for growth and development increasing by the day, our city leaders have taken it upon themselves to chart a course to the future.

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Wednesday
Jun102015

Artistic Incubation at the New Museum 

NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator. Image © New Museum

This post is part of our series on Academic Incubators.

In November, the New Museum opened the doors of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator. Just as incubators in the business and tech worlds nurture start-ups by providing mentorship, professional services, and a collaborative environment, the New Museum’s incubator cultivates innovations in design among emerging practitioners. Part studio, part shared workplace, part lab, and part professional development program, NEW INC connects design with technology, the arts with the market, students with seasoned practitioners, and the museum with the world.

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