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Wednesday
Jul232014

Food & Wellness

Last month, Gensler's San Francisco office hosted its first annual Serve it Forth dinner, which brought professionals from disparate industries together to discuss the future of health and wellness at the workplace. Image © Gensler

Great food has a singular power to bring people together and create long-lasting relationships. This was proved yet again at the San Francisco office’s first Serve it Forth dinner. With the help of Guckenheimer, a premier catering company whose highly trained chefs create menus that are not only pleasing to the palate but nutritious for the body, our growing health and wellness practice area transformed the front lobby into a beautiful restaurant-like setting with a long stretch of communal tables covered in local produce. We invited 40 guests from various industries, all of whom are extremely passionate about wellness, to join us for a three course dinner and brainstorming session geared towards impacting community health and well-being.

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Monday
Jun302014

How Good Design Can Improve Public Health

Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community Health Park. Image © Gensler

By the year 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the planet’s population will live in urban areas. That rate of change holds significant ramifications, not the least of which is that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death globally and will be proportionately represented in growing cities. NCDs pose a significant risk to these burgeoning populations. To protect the health of the global population, we must mitigate the spread of NCDs in dense urban centers by applying scalable design strategies that prioritize our emotional and physical wellness.

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Monday
May052014

The Importance of Healthful Materials in Design for People 

Emblem health. Image © Chris Leonard and Gensler

Buildings are fashioned by the choices of people who design and construct them. When completed, those choices impact the inhabitants for a lifetime, but how many of us realize the true scale of this impact. Over the course of my career I have designed more than 51 million square feet of commercial space for more than a half-million people. Now consider that I am just one of more than one hundred thousand architects in the US alone. Some may suggest that as an individual, I represent a small portion of the impact to be made by architects and builders, but I prefer to think that I have a half-million people counting on me.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Straighten Up and Fly Right: What Hospitals Can Learn from Airports

SFO T3 Boarding Area E. Image © Joe Fletcher

I've been traveling a lot lately, every week it seems, which is unusual for me. But through this I've had time (lots of it) on airplanes and in airports, and I've been pleasantly surprised to see how much airports have improved in spite of gasoline prices, competition and airline mergers. And considering I'm typically engaged with a healthcare client designing a new facility at the end of each trip, I've been surprised to learn that hospitals could learn a few things from airports. Here are my top six observations.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Retail Health: What Amazon and Nordstrom Can Teach the "Saints" about Customer Service

Image © Gensler

Whether you're St. John’s, St. Catherine's, St. David's or everyman's medical center, your "patient centric" focus has just flipped to a more robust “consumer care” delivery model—the same consumer care iconic retailers like Amazon and Nordstrom strive to perfect.

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