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Gensler Models Oakland’s Explosive Growth

Gensler Oakland’s 3D model of Oakland.

It’s no longer breaking news that the Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live and work in the U.S. There are a plethora of articles covering the surge of residents migrating to its neighboring city, Oakland. The San Francisco Business Times recently reported that 15 companies have decided to make the move from San Francisco to Oakland in 2015. Oakland is experiencing a major economic boom, which has piqued the interest of multiple parties including politicians, real estate developers, residents, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and more.

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Small Interventions with Big Impact: Forging Relationships and Improving Cities through Tactical Urbanism

Renegade tactical urbanists are courting respectability, partnering with communities to infuse functional urban elements with touches of artistic flair. Image © Gensler

Plucky, pugnacious, and often thought provoking, tactical urbanism has historically been an affront to traditional city making. In its original form, it was not concerned with city making’s typical drivers; e.g., market demand, developer profit, grand aesthetic statements, etc. Instead, it addressed neglected concerns—often pertaining to safety, efficiency, and vibrancy—at the neighborhood level.

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Passive House: Sell It to Me!

Source: deposit photos

Looking for a new home? What if I told you that a Passive House could reduce your annual heating bills by 90% with no additional cost on construction? Would you take it?

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Barbican Pop-Up Garden

The new pop-up garden at the London Underground's Barbican station. Image © Gensler

Every day we Londoners make our way through the urban jungle. Our daily routines bring us together with strangers and friends alike and together we endure some of the more dire spaces that our modern metropolis produces. And yet we discover opportunities in the strangest places to improve our urban environment and perhaps put a smile on the faces of our fellow urbanites.

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Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D 

The Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler

Some of the most cutting-edge things going on behind-the-scenes in architecture today involve advanced 3-D modeling and digital design technology. Architects and designers are now using game engine technology for better/faster visualization and design.

And then there’s 3-D printing technology. Several teams around the globe are working to bring 3-D printed houses to market. It’s incredible, but houses can now be made (potentially, in one day) by a huge, computer-controlled, 3-D printer that extrudes a concrete mix in successive layers through a giant nozzle.

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