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Friday
Mar172017

A Restroom for Everyone

Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgendered people, parents with children of the opposite gender, and really anyone with issues or needs around privacy. Image: Jasper Sanidad.

As designers, we spend a lot of time thinking about how people experience the spaces we design, and the best ways to optimize those experiences. In fact, we don’t just think about experience, we measure it—from how effectively people work in the offices we design, to how well they’re able to study in our libraries, or what they look for most in a trip to an outdoor mall. So when a client approached us last year and asked how they should design a gender-inclusive restroom for their workplace, we knew we had to get it right. Like anything else we do in life, using the restroom is an experience—albeit, a very private and necessary one.

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Thursday
Mar162017

An Open Letter to Those Driven by Purpose

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Not-For-Profit employees are the most purpose-driven workers out there. For this crowd, waking up every day is about the work. They’re also among the top performers across all industries because they’re driven, resourceful, passionate and smart. We believe that whether you are packing boxes full of soup cans, writing grant proposals, or creating Public Service Announcements, the space where you do it should reinforce the mission that brought you there in the first place.

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Monday
Mar062017

LA Forward: Embracing the Future of Mobility

Future visions for aligning mobility and development – LA Forward. Image © Gensler

Ask anyone who lives in, or has visited Los Angeles, and they’ll tell you their least favorite part of our city is the traffic. We agree; it’s one of our city’s great challenges. Los Angeles has recovered from the great recession of 2008 and we see tremendous growth physically and economically. The issue is that recent development has tended to spread jobs and housing across the city, away from transit, limiting our ability to efficiently and easily move around Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Mar012017

LA Forward: Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods

Confidential mixed-use project. Image © Gensler

Los Angeles is city that has as many neighborhoods as it does languages it speaks. The diversity in the makeup of our neighborhoods is one of our city’s greatest assets. From our quiet residential suburbs with agrarian roots to our bustling urban core with soaring high rises, our city is continually changing. We acknowledge that growth and increased density is not just probable, it is inevitable.

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Monday
Feb272017

What Makes My City Livable? Moving LA Forward. 

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As designers and urbanists, we take an optimistic view of the future of cities. Living and working in the City of Los Angeles, we believe in the transformative power of moving forward. We envision Los Angeles as a city comprised of thriving cultures, expansive innovation, vibrant communities and social cohesiveness. Los Angeles can be a model of collaborative evolution, forward-thinking development and a bastion of exploration.

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