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Student Housing Trends: The Transformation of Co-Living in College

Blackstone Residence Hall, Image © Gensler

Several months ago we wrote about the new emergence of innovative co-living solutions: development projects where shared living spaces and amenities are attached to private sleeping areas to create a more communal (and affordable) urban housing experience. Many responded that it sounded like grown-ups living in a college dormitory, so it’s only natural that new names in the student housing market are taking this concept one step further.

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Crowdus: Reviving Deep Ellum in Downtown Dallas

Drugstore Cowboy sits at the junction of Main Street and Crowdus. When it rains, silver edged light filters through painted window panels saturated with color. Against the bruised skies on an early weekday morning, soaked brick buildings and graffiti spattered walls give life to mostly deserted streets. Inside the coffee bar, a small group of designers and activists from Gensler, Studio Outside, Design Future Dallas, and the Deep Ellum Foundation have pushed a couple of weathered wood tables together. Site maps, plans and process renderings cover all surfaces; a cohesive design begins to emerge and take shape.

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Residence Halls: The Key to Creating Community on College Campuses

The Garage at Northwestern, Image: Garrett Rowland

The major question that college leaders are asking us is: “How does your project build community on-campus?” All colleges – whether private or public, large or small – are seeking the most effective and efficient ways to connect students across their campuses. As a major personal and social hub, residence halls can uniquely contribute to the overall sense of community.

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Unleashing the #PowerOfUs

Image © Gensler

On June 11, I had the privilege of giving a TEDx talk, at TEDxBrum, sharing a platform with Birmingham’s most pioneering thinkers from across every discipline, background and culture. I came away not just with a wealth of inspiration and ideas, but also a heightened curiosity of what, collectively, could be achieved by this heterogeneous metropolis if we unleashed the #PowerOfUs.

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