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Tuesday
Aug232011

Recycling an Airport Terminal: How We Made SFO T2

Gensler partnered with filmmakers Spirit of Space earlier this year to create two films around our new terminal at San Francisco International Airport’s new Terminal 2 (T2).

In this first video shot during the final month of construction, we explore how Gensler and Turner made T2 in a unique design/build partnership. Art Gensler (our founder) and Victor Perry of Turner explain what's different about T2, what it means to San Francisco, and how this project was unique for the design and construction team who built T2 together.


Thursday
Jul282011

Healthy Friction

The volatile relationship between a college and the community that surrounds it is often as old as the institution itself.

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Thursday
Jul212011

What Makes a Great Learning Space?

What is it that makes a great learning space? Some experts would have us believe that learning spaces need state-of-the-art audio-visual systems connected to worldwide networks. Others seem to think that if you can move the furniture around, you can create something special.

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Monday
Jul182011

Shanghai Tower: Sustainable Strategies in a Super Tall Building

Shanghai Tower

One of the questions I constantly ask myself is whether a building that has the scale and magnitude of Shanghai Tower can really be considered sustainable in terms of design. From a personal viewpoint, I do not believe the answer to the question of sustainable design is one that is solved by achieving some level of LEED or other certification by an outside agency. I do believe that having these measures forces us to think more clearly about design solutions and provides goals for the design and engineering community. These goals, however, tend to be at a level that rarely challenges us in a significant way.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

A Collaborative Design and Delivery Process

The Memorial to Fallen Officers is situated in a public plaza at the new LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled the Gensler designed Memorial to Fallen Officers in 2009 to honor the sacrifice individual officers have made for the common good.

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