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Gensler's New D.C. Office Celebrates the Design Process

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray helps Gensler open its new Washington, D.C. office. Image © Gensler

Gensler’s Washington, D.C., office opened its doors in 1983. Since that time, both our staff and the scope of our work within the greater metropolitan area have grown by leaps and bounds. Today, Gensler commemorated a new milestone in the evolution of the D.C. office by opening a new work space at 2020 K Street NW. Mayor Vincent Gray helped us mark the occasion by participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new space embodies the design principles our firm strives to achieve through our project work and reiterates our commitment to the nation’s capital and our K Street home.

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The Bullitt Center and the Future of Sustainable Buildings

The Bullit Center. Drawing © Douglas Wittnebel

Have you heard about the Living Building Challenge (LBC)? To quote the description on its website, the LBC is “the built environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard.” I’d say that’s a fairly accurate description of the initiative.

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Design Value Through the Lens of Big Data

Photo courtesy of Gensler

I have an unorthodox background for someone who works in the architecture and design industry. As a real estate analyst and statistician, one side pursuit over recent years has been using empirical analysis to obtain a better understanding of what has, up to this point, been widely understood but often hard to measure objectively: the business and economic value of great design.

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Wake up! We’re in The Matrix

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Recently I’ve attended a lot of meetings with clients who are interested in knowing what they should develop to not just attract the current wave of tenants but future waves of tenants as well. There seems to be uniform consensus that we’ve shifted from a spatial or program need evaluation criteria to a much more intangible experiential evaluation process because there is now greater opportunity to choose where we want to work. The conversation has shifted from fitting the perfectly proportioned conference room into a floor plan to “Do we even need a conference room? Why don’t we just have a big empty space for a hack-a-thon, that we can customize ourselves, and have some coffee to keep us up all night?” I’m relieved to know that amidst all this change coffee is still a staple of the workplace.

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Collaboration is here to stay—Let’s deal with it

Gensler office

Group work, by nature, is a messy, chaotic process for which there is no reliable template. The nature of group work changes from project to project, group to group, and at times its unpredictability can exasperate participants.

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