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The Ideas Project: Fostering Connections at the University of East London

The University of East London (UEL). Image © Morley von Sternberg

Einstein once said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them,” and this line of reasoning is especially relevant in the redevelopment of University of East London’s Knowledge Dock space. College and universities have begun to realise that solving the problems inherent to their current on-campus spaces will require seeking inspiration from non-educational environments. They are eschewing the type of reasoning which they’ve used in the past in favour of ideas embraced by other successful industries.

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Shanghai Tower: Milestones

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Read this post in Mandarin here.

I’ve been thinking a lot about milestones lately with the holidays here in the U.S., and the upcoming Chinese New Year, as well as the impending opening of the Shanghai Tower this summer. Gensler’s Shanghai Tower project team has marked numerous milestones in the past twelve months, most recently the completion of the façade installation and the beginning of the sky atrium landscaping.

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Design You Don’t See

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Sometimes great design is invisible—or more specifically, you don’t notice it because it works so well, you don’t have to pay attention to it. Think of FedEx, or Zappos, or even WD-40. While we know that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to make these things work well, we take them for granted because they make our lives easier. They’re functional, fast and reliable, and enable us to enjoy things we’d rather be doing.

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Burden of Future Proof: Facile Learning Environments in a Tech-Savvy Age

Gensler's Chicago office recently hosted the first installment of the Dialogues with Gensler series. Image © Gensler

Dialogues with Gensler is an ongoing series of moderated panel discussions held in our Chicago office that address how design impacts lifelong learning.

When our team started to define the "Dialogues with Gensler" series here in the Chicago office, we listed 50 ideas related to the idea of lifelong learning. We define lifelong learning as learning that takes place throughout the day and at all stages of life, in a different range of spaces with many different tools. To us, it suggests that learning permeates all aspects of everyday life, including the places in which we live, work and play.

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Gensler @ AUCCCD: Catalyzing Well-being, Resilience, and Innovation on the Academic Campus

Gensler's New York office. Image © Gensler

A recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed an alarming trend in the number of students seeking help for serious mental health problems at campus counseling centers. As designers in higher-education, we’re hearing a similar concern across the higher-ed community. In fact, mental health was the number one aspect of student well-being brought up repeatedly as part of last year’s Dialogues with Gensler series on Well-being on the Academic Campus.

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