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Wednesday
Apr012015

Dialogues with Gensler: Proactive Lifelong Learning

Gensler's Chicago office hosted the second event in the three-part Dialogues with Gensler series on March 26. Panelists and guests discussed how to make lifelong learning a proactive proposition. Image © Gensler

Lifelong learning is a beautiful phrase, full of ambition while remaining conveniently vague. Everyone claims they’re a lifelong learner. But what does that mean, and what does it look like in practice?

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Tuesday
Mar312015

SCI-Arc + Gensler Applied Studies Collaboration 

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As Gensler continues to further explore the advancement of technology and materials, our interest to collaborate with various realms of the architecture and design field has dramatically increased. Following in the footsteps of successful academic applied studies collaborations, such as the “SLO_Gen Table” (Gensler LA Lobby) and the “Molding Ecologies” Studio, with Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, Gensler has most recently helped to develop a platform where industry professionals and students can unite to form a clear vision of material advancement. What began as an academic exploration into advanced architectural façades may come to fruition in the form of a full scale mockup through the collaborative work of various fabricators, material suppliers, engineers, architects, and students in a course dubbed “Mat_Lab.”

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Tuesday
Mar312015

Tower Hamlets Foodbank’s New Lease of Life 

Tower Hamlets Foodbank’s new innovative space. Image © Gensler

With 52% of children living below the poverty line and more than 50% of its residents affected by illness, unemployment and debt, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived areas in the UK. At Gensler we’ve always believed that charity begins at home, especially in the communities where we live, work and play. So, in the summer of 2012, we set out a plan to help better the lives of the borough’s residents by building relationships with local charities that work within their community.

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image © Shau Lin Hon

In December 2014, the Huffington Post UK posted an article and accompanying cartoon which satirizes our society’s prevailing misunderstanding of mental health, which is the trivialization and dismissal of such suffering. From our choice descriptors to our “helpful” advice, we are usually way off target in eradicating the stigma of mental health.

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Monday
Mar232015

Q+A with Arthur Gensler

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Today, the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) celebrates the opening of its new Gensler-designed facilities in lower Manhattan, AAP NYC. To celebrate, they invited Cornell alum Arthur Gensler, founder of Gensler, to speak to students, alumni and friends of Cornell. He will offer insights from his newly-released book, Art’s Principles.

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