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Friday
Nov182016

ZIP Code Health and Design: Why Community Provided Health Care Matters

Your zip code is a big prediction of your overall health. Community provided health care like Chicago’s Cook County Central Campus Health Center brings resources to areas in need. Image © Gensler

Your biggest health predictor isn’t your cholesterol level, your blood pressure or your age; it’s your ZIP code. That’s what David B. Nash, M.D., dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, asserted during his presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership. He noted, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code.” As Nash suggests, geography is a big factor impacting an individual’s overall health—from access to healthcare and information to quality of life, and even life expectancy.

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Tuesday
Nov012016

Making the Case for Medical Travel

Medical travel is a growing trend, as increasingly, more people are traveling to seek care.

Anyone who’s ever traveled has likely done so with someone who’s sick. And most of us have traveled when we weren’t in the pink of health. The reality is that every day, millions of people are traveling while sick. But increasingly, many of them are traveling because they are sick and seeking the care they need to get better. Unless we are one of them, we are usually not aware of these medical travelers, their special needs, or the service industry that has grown to meet those needs.

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Friday
Oct282016

CTBUH 2016 Conference: Vertical Urbanization

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With 42 million inhabitants, set to grow to 120 million by 2050, China’s Pearl River Delta is experiencing unprecedented urbanization, teeming megacities and vertical density.

So it’s only fitting that this “mega region” is the site of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2016 Conference , to explore the impact of density, vertical growth, and concentrated urban infrastructure, not only in China, but around the world.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Where Data Centers Meet Design

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“How do you get excited about designing a space that’s for machines and not for people?”

I’ll never forget being asked that question years ago at the end of a presentation about a data center project. It’s a valid question about what it means to be an architect for data centers – buildings that are typically considered more engineering-focused than design-focused.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Gensler at SXSW Eco 2016: Transforming Public Place

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