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Thursday
Apr142016

Q&A With Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic

Chicago's skyline, like those in cities around the world, is about to be populated by more high rise buildings.

Design Director Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic recently spoke with GenslerOn about the ways vertical towers and mixed-use design are affecting urban development and why cities are the engines of lifestyle innovation for the 21st century. Zeljic was also featured in an article about hi-rise development that appeared in Architectural Products magazine.

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Friday
Apr082016

Project Spotlight: The Washington Post Reimagines News Media  

The Washington Post's new newsroom. Image © Garrett Rowland

With its click-clacking typewriters and fog of cigarette smoke, the newsroom depicted in All the President’s Men, the Oscar nominated film about The Washington Post’s reporting on the Watergate scandal, hardly seems like the early ancestor of the Post’s current workplace. Yet it was. And the evolution from that Post newsroom to the current version—complete with wafer-thin AV screens, HD video cameras, and an elegant modernity—hinged on what is known as the convergence.

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Tuesday
Mar292016

Corporate Campuses of the Future: Organizations Embrace the Urban Ethos 

Partners HealthCare is planning to locate a new corporate campus in Boston's Assembly Row neighborhood. Image © Gensler

With more large-scale corporate organizations thinking strategically about their futures, there’s been a growing recognition that workplaces need to provide all the things current and future employees both want and need. The generation of workers now on the cusp of retirement has always been accustomed to working at a single company for decades, if not for an entire career. Many of these workers also moved their families from the urban cores of larger cities to the suburbs, where the companies that employed them built sprawling corporate campuses to attract the new suburban class. That trend has reversed itself; today, from California to Cambridge, a new class of urbane workers is seeking a city-centric existence.

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Seeing Through the Hand: Why Drawing Remains Relevant in the Design Process

Concept Sketch, Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Renovation

Drawing. We’ve all done it. So why is it the exception not the norm in design today. Architecture and design schools have, for the most part, stopped teaching hand drawing, so students don’t regard it as an integral part of the thinking process. Now that computers can create just about any virtual and real-looking environment, drawing is perceived as old-fashioned and slow. Contemporary culture pushes us to celebrate the newest approaches and the latest and greatest gadgets, devices and software. This is unfortunate, because while drawing currently resides on the “out” list, it should be a go-to tool for all designers. Instead it’s become the refuge of senior designers like me, who still appreciate drawing’s capacity to incite creative thinking and engender high levels of understanding.

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Friday
Mar182016

Do I Really Need My Office? 

Image © Bethany Legg

As the debate over next generation legal offices carries on, we are seeing an acceptance of open plan settings amongst fee earners at a number of U.K.-headquartered law firms. This slow yet growing trend is still far from the norm when it comes to legal office design, and it may always pale in comparison to the percentage of firms who oppose a cellular occupation.

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