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Monday
Mar162015

The Future of Housing: Co-Living for London's Makers and Creators

WeWork’s co-working environment ©WeWork

The shifting dynamics of the office has seen a recent proliferation of companies offering shared work environments such as WeWork and Level39. These co-working centres offer the services of a traditional office, while curing some of the isolation felt by work-at-home professionals and independent contractors. More than just providing a physical space for the virtual office, these environments are fostering networking, shared energy, and a sense of community. It is a cost-effective model that is successfully meeting the practical needs of today’s flexible professionals. What if this same model were applied to residential living?

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Tuesday
Feb032015

Creating High Performing Urban Cities through Placemaking

“James John Jetel for Chicago Loop Alliance | jjjetel.com.

As we wrap up another year of outdoor activities in downtown Chicago, I am blown away by the increasing livability of urban environments in the United States.

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Thinking Outside the Box in London's Parks

Can blank white cubes such as this one inspire businesses and others to rethink the role of parks? Image courtesy of Groundwork

In 2011 Gensler research collaborated with the Urban Land Institute to identify the value of open spaces for both public and private sector activities. The resulting survey, Open Space: an Asset without a Champion?, revealed that private sector businesses would be willing to fund open space development if the right mechanism for investment was available and properly managed. The paper also identified the need for public and private sector entities to collaborate on creating, financing and maintaining open spaces. Open spaces are no longer the exclusive domain of governments and public funding. Private entities can benefit from the proliferation of open spaces and must therefore take an active role in advancing open space creation, management and development.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

Old is New: Revitalizing The Anacostia Riverfront 

The new Lumber Shed building in Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront area. Image © Prakash Pratel

A version of this post originally appeared on Jordan Goldstein's personal blog

Growing up in the D.C. area in the late 70’s and 80’s, I knew Washington as a one-river town. The Potomac was the water body that defined the city, while the Anacostia River was the polluted waterway that I rarely heard about. The Potomac was (and is) the iconic waterway that so many associate with D.C. It serves as a shimmering backdrop to sun kissed photos of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Kennedy Center. Tourists walk along West Potomac Park, with rowers in the backdrop, their sculls seemingly floating above the surface.

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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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