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Monday
Feb272017

What Makes My City Livable? Moving LA Forward. 

Image © Gensler

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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Thursday
Feb232017

Join Gensler at SXSW 2017

Gensler is once again headed to SXSW (March 12-15, 2017) and we’d love to connect with you on the ground in Austin! Here is where you will find our panels and speakers at SXSW Interactive this year. Our panels follow, and please connect with our attendees via SXSW Social.

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Monday
Feb062017

XQ: A Chance to Rethink High School in My Backyard

Image courtesy of Ashley Marsh.

When the opportunity came to contribute to XQ: The Super School Project a year ago, I jumped in. As a resident of West Oakland, it was, after all, a moment to do something in my backyard.

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Monday
Feb062017

Let’s Get Physical: Design Possibilities for the Digital Classroom

Motorola Mobility’s Chicago Headquarters fuses cutting-edge technology and workplace design to become a benchmark for the creative office. Image © Eric Laignel.

Last year, we ran a blog series on Reimagining Learning in which our team defined six learning behaviors—acquire, experience, collaborate, and reflect, master, and convey—and identified how physical space can support them. As companies are increasingly looking for people who can do things like communicate clearly, solve complex challenges, lead teams and define strategic direction, a growing number of learners are turning to any resource where they can learn these skills quickly, effectively and in sync with their busy lives. Thus far these skills have been taught in-person, but today many online resources are successfully teaching them in an entirely digital environment.

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Thursday
Feb022017

Built to Learn: How Design Can Enhance Education

Modern education is ripe for disruption. That theme arose early at the Gensler Dialogues roundtable, “How We Learn: Designing Environments That Respond to Human Behavior,” on January 19. With one student dropping out of high school every 26 minutes, current K-12 learning spaces aren’t working for those who depend on them.

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