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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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Rise and Shine: How Your Morning Routine Could Be Key to Your Creative Flare 

How do you travel to work?

As summer has brought brighter (and earlier) mornings here in London, my colleagues and I have been reflecting on how a good morning could be key to a creative day. Becoming better designers is something we have to work at every day, and often it is the little things that add up. I thought I'd share some ideas on those little things. Here are three practical, actionable, and simple tips anyone can incorporate into their morning routine to start your day open to creative ideas!

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The Collison of Digital and Physical Design In Retail

The Harman Flagship in NYC. Image © Chris Payne

In a future inevitably driven by our increasing connectedness to digital technologies, how will customers choose to shop? And how will we as designers still manage to bring value to retailers by imagining their physical spaces?

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