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Would You Like Fries with That?

Byron burgers uses a variety of bespoke graphics and interiors.

My favourite thing about London is the variety of food you can find within the city. Long gone are the popular days of the almighty Golden Arches. Instead a new food trend has hit the streets. Much like there’s a Starbucks on every corner, there are now artisan burger joints peppered throughout the capital. Our favorite fast food has graduated to a higher level of prestige and the results are mouth-watering!

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Biophilic Design: Why Nature Matters

Image © Lorraine Francis

Today’s society is more urban, digital and fast-paced than ever before. The downside of this is the overall loss of our connection to nature and the outdoors. As designers, we have a role and an opportunity to positively affect the fundamental ways people interact with space. We can accomplish this by creating spaces to live, work and play that incorporate elements of the natural environment into the overall experience.

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From Grand Tour to Wanting More: The Evolution of Experiential Travel

Image © Joshua Earle

Since the days of the Grand Tour to Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in the 1970s and the gap years of the 1990s, there have been a variety of reasons why experiential travel has evolved and taken hold. Recently, an emerging generation of travellers have begun reshaping the experiential travel market.

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Gensler-Designed Hotel to Bolster Chicago as Top Convention Destination

Groundbreaking for the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel at McCormick Place took place on July 28, 2015. Image © Gensler

July 28, 2015 marked the groundbreaking of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel at McCormick Place. This project represents a major economic engine for Chicago and will provide much needed additional hotel rooms for convention center attendees. The hotel will create thousands of jobs and inject millions of dollars into the local economy, and Gensler is proud to be playing a strong role in this project.

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Eat. Sleep. Refresh. Repeat.

Image © Gensler

In the ever-evolving hospitality industry, we’re all constantly wondering what’s coming next. Gensler’s hospitality team shared a peek at the hottest trends influencing design at an open house event at the Chicago office the morning of HD’s NextGen Forum in June. Here’s a look at some of the trends we’re seeing across three categories: Eat, Sleep, and Refresh.

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