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How virtual and augmented reality can shape architecture and design

Virtual reality—devices that block out the external world and present the user with a wholly fabricated visual experience—can be useful to architects and designers. Photo: Nan Palmero/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | GenslerOn | November 03, 2015
Gensler's Alan Robles examines a few ways VR and AR could create value for architecture...
#Thank you for sharing: How social media is reshaping the workplace

Why work on a desktop PC when you can work on a mobile device? Image © Gensler

Office Building Design | GenslerOn | October 16, 2015
The rapid growth of mobile technologies threatens to push the desktop PC into extinction...
6 lessons in campus planning

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Architects | GenslerOn | September 21, 2015
For campus planning, focus typically falls on repairing the bricks and mortar without...

Image: Ryan Gobuty, courtesy GenslerOn

Healthcare Facilities | GenslerOn | August 18, 2015
Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the...
Maker spaces: Designing places to test, break, and rebuild

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Phase 1 completion August 2015. Rendering: Gensler

BIM and Information Technology | GenslerOn | July 21, 2015
Gensler's Kenneth Fisher and Keller Roughton highlight recent maker space projects at MIT...
New Museum debuts first museum-led incubator space

NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator. Image © New Museum

Cultural Facilities | GenslerOn | June 28, 2015
Part studio, part shared workplace, part lab, and part professional development program,...
5 trends that will shape the future of scientific labs

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Architects | GenslerOn | June 24, 2015
Scientific research is increasingly focusing on data collection and analytical analysis...
More accurate GPS ready to change the way we shop, interact, and explore

More accurate GPS will foster previously unimaginable connections between mobile device users. Image: Irwin MIller

BIM and Information Technology | GenslerOn | June 03, 2015
New technology reduces location errors from the size of a car to the size of a nickel—a...
The museum of tomorrow: 8 things to know about cultural institutions in today’s society

Digital Revolution at Barbican. Photo: Gensler

Building Team | GenslerOn | May 13, 2015
Entertainment-based experiences, personal journeys, and community engagement are among...
Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D

The Shanghai Tower. All images courtesy Gensler

Building Team | GenslerOn | May 06, 2015
Today’s great cities must be resilient—and open—to many things, including the influx of...
Software shouldn't dictate process

"It’s time for a project management solution as unique as your project," writes Gensler's Mark Thole. Illustration: Christine Maurer, courtesy Gensler

BIM and Information Technology | GenslerOn | April 21, 2015
With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex...
Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image: Shau Lin Hon

Healthcare Facilities | GenslerOn | April 08, 2015
Gensler's Jamie Huffcut discusses mental health in the U.S. and how design can affect...
Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

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Architects | GenslerOn | March 30, 2015
"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while...
Academic incubators: Garage innovation meets higher education

Houston’s TMCx links students and researchers at The Texas Medical Center campus to bio-tech start-ups and their investors. Image © Gensler

University Buildings | GenslerOn | March 18, 2015
Gensler's Jill Goebel and Christine Durman discuss the role of design in academic...
Chance encounters in workplace design: The winning ticket to the innovation lottery?

Illustration: © Macaulay Campbell

Architects | GenslerOn | March 07, 2015
The logic behind the push to cultivate chance encounters supposes that innovation is akin...
Integrated Learning Neighborhoods: A solution for linking student housing with the typical student experience

The new College Avenue Commons at Arizona State University. Image © Bill Timmerman

Architects | GenslerOn | February 03, 2015
Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated...

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Office Building Design | GenslerOn | January 08, 2015
During the past five years, people have begun to actively seek out third places not just...
Gensler's San Francisco office. Image © Gensler

Gensler's San Francisco office. Image © Gensler

Architects | GenslerOn | December 28, 2014
Numerous studies and mountains of evidence confirm what common sense has long suggested:...

Almost 90% of all retail sales are transacted in stores, and 95% of all retail sales are captured by retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence. Photo: Gensler

Architects | GenslerOn | December 08, 2014
According to a shopping preferences study conducted by A.T. Kearney, as many as two-...

Illustration: Douglas Wittnebel

Architects | GenslerOn | November 26, 2014
Most people affiliate the maker culture with metal working, welding, ceramics, glass...
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