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Entries in Education (15)

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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Wednesday
Jan252017

The Case for Space as Education Shifts the Frame 

The U.S. workforce has undergone a significant shift in recent years. People change jobs roughly every 4.2 years, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s predicted that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

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Friday
Dec162016

The Wonder Years: Creating a Middle School Launching Pad

Image © Gensler.

In the 1980’s, the television series, “The Wonder Years” chronicled the trials and tribulations of adolescence through the eyes of Kevin Arnold, who narrated his own story through his now adult eyes. While perhaps fictionalized for a television audience, the show highlighted the physical, social and emotional development of middle school children aged 12-14, which, by many accounts, appear to happen faster than during any other pre-college period.

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Thursday
Dec152016

Learning Ecologies: Can the City Be Our Classroom?

Johns Hopkins Fast Forward Innovation Hub encourages “tinkering” to accelerate commercialization of ideas. (Alan Karchmer photography.)

Over the past few months, Gensler San Francisco’s EDU 2.0 group, a cohort of emerging designers, strategists and leaders in the Education practice area, hosted a series of three roundtable discussions around the experiential learning trend and what it means for educational institutions and cities.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Incubating Entrepreneurs at UC San Diego’s Basement

The Basement at UCSD before and after, Image © Gensler

It’s been over a year since Gensler helped UC San Diego transform an underutilized rehearsal studio into a thriving campus hub for burgeoning student entrepreneurs. Dubbed “the Basement” by Armin Afsahi, UC San Diego’s then chief alumni officer who sponsored the initiative, this once overlooked space now brings students, alumni and local business leaders together to nurture new enterprise and spur innovation. Gensler’s Tom Heffernan recently spoke with Gloria Negrete, the Basement’s Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, to find out how things are going.

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