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Friday
Jan272017

A Prescription for Happiness: The Importance of Wellness 

Over the years, our understanding of wellness has not been easy to define. Most of it still remains untapped, yet the term is used in everyday language with the belief that everyone knows what it means. The many dimensions of wellness have often been studied in silos, but in reality, so much can be learned from the experiences of others. What would happen if we sat a designer, doctor or a behaviourist in the same room? What would we learn about the importance of wellness?

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Wednesday
Jan252017

The Case for Space as Education Shifts the Frame 

The U.S. workforce has undergone a significant shift in recent years. People change jobs roughly every 4.2 years, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s predicted that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

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Thursday
Dec222016

In Search of Better Data to Optimize Tall Buildings 

One Museum Place, Shanghai. Image © Gensler.

Extraordinary technological advances have taken tall buildings to new heights, quite literally. Whereas in 1973 Chicago’s Willis Tower was the tallest of them all at 442 meters (1,451 feet), Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia will assume that distinction in 2020 or thereabouts, leapfrogging all other super- and megatall buildings with a height of 1,000 meters. Advances in in structural systems, high-strength concrete and steel, vertical transportation, and glass and steel façades largely made it possible.

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Friday
Dec162016

The Wonder Years: Creating a Middle School Launching Pad

Image © Gensler.

In the 1980’s, the television series, “The Wonder Years” chronicled the trials and tribulations of adolescence through the eyes of Kevin Arnold, who narrated his own story through his now adult eyes. While perhaps fictionalized for a television audience, the show highlighted the physical, social and emotional development of middle school children aged 12-14, which, by many accounts, appear to happen faster than during any other pre-college period.

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Thursday
Dec152016

Learning Ecologies: Can the City Be Our Classroom?

Johns Hopkins Fast Forward Innovation Hub encourages “tinkering” to accelerate commercialization of ideas. (Alan Karchmer photography.)

Over the past few months, Gensler San Francisco’s EDU 2.0 group, a cohort of emerging designers, strategists and leaders in the Education practice area, hosted a series of three roundtable discussions around the experiential learning trend and what it means for educational institutions and cities.

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