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Tuesday
Apr122016

Turning Gratitude into Great Design: How to Infuse Institutional Character into Your School’s Donor Recognition Spaces

Dwight Englewood Hajjar STEM Center © Garrett Rowland

As public funding for schools and cultural institutions grows scanter and scanter, financial gifts from alumni and other donors have become paramount to ensuring budgets stay in the black. Maintaining a healthy influx of outside contributions quite often determines whether annual initiatives stay afloat or fall by the wayside, and this new reality shows no signs of changing in the near or distant future. To maintain forward momentum, schools, museums, and other cultural institutions must consistently plan and execute effective fundraising campaigns.

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Friday
Mar182016

Lifestyle Sells, Smart Spaces and Other Lessons from London’s Retail Design Expo

From L-R: Chloe Muir and Kseniya Sharin at this year’s Retail Design Expo. Image © Gensler.

As retail designers, it’s fundamental to take a holistic approach to creating a carefully curated retail experience that embodies cultural trends, consumer behavior and aesthetics. This was a recurring theme of the Retail Design Expo at Kensington Olympia, London, which included an influx of talks, seminars and vendors exhibiting the latest in retail materials and digital components.

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Monday
Feb012016

Designing with the Student-Athlete in Mind

Texas Tech University Indoor Sports Performance Facility

The world of collegiate athletics is engaged in a high-stakes facilities arms race. Athletic departments continue to invest in bigger, better and more advanced training facilities and academic centers for student athletes. The first and foremost purpose of these facilities is the initial recruitment of top prospects—the ability to get blue-chip athletes on campus. The second, and often underestimated purpose is to retain and prepare student athletes once they arrive on campus. This dual intent means that facilities must stay relevant in recruiting while continuing to meet the needs of 17- to 23-year-olds as their priorities evolve throughout their collegiate athletic career.

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Friday
Jan292016

Pro Soccer: Setting a New Benchmark

BMO Field

The iconic Camp Nou in Spain, the Maracanã in Brazil, Estadio Monumental in Argentina, Estadio Azteca in Mexico, Wembley Stadium in England.In Europe, Central America and South America, international stadiums have long served as revered temples for dedicated, impassioned soccer fans. Now the U.S. and Canada are seeing a wave of new soccer-specific stadiums devoted exclusively to the sport as popularity grows for “the Beautiful Game” in North America. Gensler is looking to set new benchmarks for professional soccer stadiums—both domestically, in the U.S. and Canada, and internationally, in global markets ranging from Brazil to Spain.

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Friday
Jan292016

Fast Fashion: Costing the Earth?

By Hannah Morgan, Unsplash

Clearing out your wardrobe is one of those dreaded tasks. It often gets pushed to the side with an “I’ll do it next week” sort-of attitude. Our closets practically burst at the seams, yet we remain convinced we have nothing to wear and attempt to squeeze into an outfit three sizes too small.

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