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Tuesday
Mar312015

SCI-Arc + Gensler Applied Studies Collaboration 

Image © Gensler

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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Monday
Mar162015

The Future of Housing: Co-Living for London's Makers and Creators

WeWork’s co-working environment ©WeWork

The shifting dynamics of the office has seen a recent proliferation of companies offering shared work environments such as WeWork and Level39. These co-working centres offer the services of a traditional office, while curing some of the isolation felt by work-at-home professionals and independent contractors. More than just providing a physical space for the virtual office, these environments are fostering networking, shared energy, and a sense of community. It is a cost-effective model that is successfully meeting the practical needs of today’s flexible professionals. What if this same model were applied to residential living?

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