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Monday
Jul272015

The Power of Design in Retail Health: 5 Flips to Consider

One Fillmore Place. Image © Ryan Gobuty

Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the patient – clinician experience. In their language, “flips” are actionable ideas for change. They offer over 60 flips on their website and here are two of my favorites: #57 Reach the Parents, Serve the Kids - which speaks to attaching clinics to elementary schools and the need for engaging the parents. #33 Provide context, improve understanding, and generate empathy between physician and patient – which resulted in a current twitter campaign (#IWishMyDoc and #IWishMyPatient) to increase shared understanding. I encourage you to engage and tweet your own thoughts on this topic.

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Tuesday
Jul212015

Designing Washington, D.C.’s First Semi-Permanent Parklet 

Image © Gensler

When people talk about the layout of Washington, D.C., they frequently mention the city’s heroic boulevards, iconic monumental core and consistent skyline. It’s the little things that often go unnoticed. So when challenged to begin reimagining D.C.’s urban realm, two designers in Gensler’s D.C. office thought less about the monumental city and more about creating small spaces where workers and residents could relax and connect to the city’s fabric in an organic way. To do this, a team of designers has transformed the space outside of our D.C. office at 2020 K Street. What was once an impersonal parking and loading zone is now D.C.’s first semi-permanent parklet, described by Gensler designers Laura Carey and Claire Kang as “flexible, interactive and playful.”

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Tuesday
Jul212015

Q+A with Robert Balder, Executive Director of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Image © Garrett Rowland

The Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) recently celebrated the opening of its new Gensler-designed affiliate in lower Manhattan, AAP NYC. In June, they hosted 22 senior executives from China for an architecture and design seminar at their new studio at 26 Broadway. Cornell welcomed the opportunity to hold a nine-day international design seminar, which is a testament to the new possibilities the New York campus will bring. Leading this initiative was Bob Balder, executive director of Cornell AAP NYC, who will offer insights about the benefits of this metropolitan campus.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Three Design Lessons Learned in Military Deployments, Part II

Image © Gensler

This is the second post in a three-blog series. Read the first post, which focuses on communication, here Three Design Lessons Learned in Military Deployments, Part I.

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Friday
Jul102015

Places to Test, Break and Rebuild

Pieces of our Livesby GollyGforce is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Making is part of our DNA”, says Shane Farritor, referring to the culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Farritor is the founder and faculty sponsor of the Nebraska Innovation Studio, a new maker space designed by Gensler that is part engineering lab, part art studio, and part business accelerator. “There are so many talented people who grow up in rural areas building and creating things. It’s one of the things I most respect about the state,” he says. Farritor grew up tinkering in his family’s hardware store, and eventually went onto earn a Ph.D. at MIT, where he spent many hours in the MIT Hobby Shop—a unique extracurricular facility where students have access to sophisticated equipment, but with the freedom to pursue their own projects. The Institute makes this resource available, in large part, because of a deeply-held belief that hands-on experimentation develops important problem solving and analytical skills. Perhaps equally important, the Hobby Shop provides an outlet for exploration of personal interests outside of curricular requirements.

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