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Tuesday
Nov012016

Making the Case for Medical Travel

Medical travel is a growing trend, as increasingly, more people are traveling to seek care.

Anyone who’s ever traveled has likely done so with someone who’s sick. And most of us have traveled when we weren’t in the pink of health. The reality is that every day, millions of people are traveling while sick. But increasingly, many of them are traveling because they are sick and seeking the care they need to get better. Unless we are one of them, we are usually not aware of these medical travelers, their special needs, or the service industry that has grown to meet those needs.

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Friday
Oct282016

CTBUH 2016 Conference: Vertical Urbanization

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With 42 million inhabitants, set to grow to 120 million by 2050, China’s Pearl River Delta is experiencing unprecedented urbanization, teeming megacities and vertical density.

So it’s only fitting that this “mega region” is the site of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2016 Conference , to explore the impact of density, vertical growth, and concentrated urban infrastructure, not only in China, but around the world.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Where Data Centers Meet Design

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“How do you get excited about designing a space that’s for machines and not for people?”

I’ll never forget being asked that question years ago at the end of a presentation about a data center project. It’s a valid question about what it means to be an architect for data centers – buildings that are typically considered more engineering-focused than design-focused.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Gensler at SXSW Eco 2016: Transforming Public Place

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Five Keys to Developing Strong Interactive Learning Environments

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Modern campus life is evolving to align with a rapidly changing workplace. Dorms are no longer bunkbeds and shared kitchens, but rather extensions of the learning environment, with spaces meant to encourage collaboration and cross-pollination. The expectations of these living/learning environments have radically shifted in recent years. Academia is also seeing major shifts as the walled, one-directional, sage-on-stage pedagogy that has driven classroom design for so long has become outdated as a mode of communication for teachers and students.

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