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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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Friday
Jul012011

Shanghai Tower: Influences on Design

Shanghai Tower

The design of Shanghai Tower derives from three basic ideas related to the city of Shanghai and the rise of China as an economic and cultural influence.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Can Technology Transform Public Transit in LA?