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Leisure and Luxury in Asia

The Sime Darby Transit Oriented Developmentin Selangor, Malaysia. Image © Gensler

We recently spoke with Michael Wiener, director of Gensler Singapore’s Operations, about luxury and leisure in Asia. Wiener opened Gensler’s Singapore office in 2009, and he has subsequently grown both our presence and portfolio in Southeast Asia.

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The Revitalization of Brookfield Place

The new Brookfield Place. Image © Gensler

The area of Wall Street and city hall has always skewed utilitarian. It’s never catered to the leisure and fashion-oriented crowd, or given tourists a reason to traipse south to upgrade their wardrobes. But this long-held stereotype of our city’s financial district is set to change with the opening of Brookfield Place this Thursday.

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From Authenticity to Adaptive Reuse: Trends Influencing the Australian Market  

“The Porter” at 1 O’Connell St. in Sydney, a place where business is activated. Image © Tyrone Branigan

We recently talked with Simon Trude, managing director for Gensler’s Sydney office, about major trends influencing the Australian market. Trude previously was brand design director at Gensler New York. He founded 2D3D Creative, a strategy and design company in Sydney, before rejoining Gensler to spearhead the firm’s expansion into the market.

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The World We Live In, Part 1

Image © Gensler

The oft-quoted phrase, “the only thing certain in life is change” has never been truer than it is today. The pace of change has accelerated in recent years on account of more readily available technology and constantly evolving consumer tastes. And while it can be difficult for any retailer to keep up with the pace of change, doing so is often the difference between failure and survival.

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Construction Update: The Langham Place Hotel 

KIC Development Design proposal 2011, Yangpu, Shanghai, Image © Gensler

In 2011 Gensler design team had opportunity to collaborate with Shui On Land, a prominent developer operating in China, on the design for the boutique hotel located in the large new development and future mixed use neighborhood in Shanghai Yangpu district - the Knowledge Information Community or KIC. The new development will contain office space for technology startup companies and small scale corporate offices – also designed by Gensler, university buildings, housing, retail, and hospitality uses.

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