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First Look: Chicago Plumbers Invest in Training Facility That Celebrates People, Process, Place

Rendering © Gensler. This view from Washington Street shows the facility’s perforated, copper-anodized façade, an allusion to copper pipes used for plumbing.

Gensler’s design for the Chicago Plumbers Local 130 Joint Apprenticeship Committee Training Facility celebrates people (journeymen and apprentice plumbers), place (the City of Chicago) and process (by teaching and demonstrating cutting-edge water conservation technologies). The facility is located in the heart of a collection of union halls and offices at the far end of the West loop known as “Teamster City.”

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Designing Campus Communities for Living and Learning

The Garage at Northwestern, Image: Garrett Rowland

This year Pamela Delphenich (PD) led a series of conversations on key issues surrounding the design of campus communities for living and learning. On May 18th she spoke with Henry Humphreys (HH), Dean of Students at Philadelphia University, former Senior Associate Dean for Student Life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Director of Residential Life, Boston College. They discussed what priorities are truly important in creating a holistic student experience that supports academics, wellness and social growth.

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Residence Halls: The Key to Creating Community on College Campuses

The Garage at Northwestern, Image: Garrett Rowland

The major question that college leaders are asking us is: “How does your project build community on-campus?” All colleges – whether private or public, large or small – are seeking the most effective and efficient ways to connect students across their campuses. As a major personal and social hub, residence halls can uniquely contribute to the overall sense of community.

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The New Wave: Innovative Learning Environments

The Garage at Northwestern, Image: Garrett Rowland.

Innovative learning environments have hit the mainstream in recent years - academic incubators and their ensuing culture of entrepreneurship and innovation are emerging on campuses globally. These spaces are playing a large part in the evolution of today’s education environments and have become a powerful tool for learning, collaboration and institutional student yield. Colleges and universities are competing to keep up with this trend and meet the modern student’s needs for success.

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Connecting a Medical School to Its Community: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University

The Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University. Exterior view of the south facade and study cascade (under construction, June 2016). Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

This fall, students and faculty will experience a different kind of Medical and Graduate school at Columbia University's new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. In addition to the intricate glass facade, soaring views and innovative technology, it’s a building that comes equipped with a very big heart. As the principal-in-charge for Gensler, the executive architect for the project (in collaboration with Diller Scofidio Renfro as lead designer), l saw the collaborative design process bring a certain vitality to its architecture, taking the design beyond just a built "rendering” to realizing a vision that will connect its community.

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