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How do You Design Outdoor Spaces for Inclement Weather?

Jing’An Temple, across West Nanjing Road from the lobby of Wheelock Square. Image © Gensler

On Thursday morning I woke up and looked outside. It was cold and overcast. A freezing wind drove the rain sideways. “Perfect,” I thought to myself. “What a wonderful day for a walk!”

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Shanghai Tower Update: Lighting the Building and Preparing it for Occupancy 

The Shanghai Tower Image © Gensler

NOTE: This post has been updated to include more current information on the Shanghai Tower.

Despite of challenges posed by Shanghai’s unpredictable weather and the logistical hurdles inherent to building super-tall structures, the Shanghai Tower is almost complete. It’s now looking like the Tower’s tenants will start to fit out their spaces in the coming spring and summer, pending permitting approvals and other reviews. The design and construction team’s next mission: finalize the site, complete the interior finishes, and commission all of the building’s special features, such as the wind turbines, rainwater collection systems throughout the structure, and seasonal exterior lighting elements.

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Shanghai Tower: Milestones

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Read this post in Mandarin here.

I’ve been thinking a lot about milestones lately with the holidays here in the U.S., and the upcoming Chinese New Year, as well as the impending opening of the Shanghai Tower this summer. Gensler’s Shanghai Tower project team has marked numerous milestones in the past twelve months, most recently the completion of the façade installation and the beginning of the sky atrium landscaping.

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Fighting Climate Change Through Tall Building Design

Well-designed supertall buildings like the Shanghai Tower, pictured on the right, can help reduce energy usage. Image © Gensler

Barack Obama’s current visit to China could coincide with a new era in environmentally conscious design.

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The ROI of Human Experience

Image © Ben Tranel

Air quality in China has been the subject of much press over the past few years, much of it negative. In addition to concerns impacting health and wellbeing, as cities go vertical, our ability to see out and across them from newly-constructed tall buildings is a key component of the urban experience.

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