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A rendering of the Hub on Causeway

The Hub on Causeway. Rendering courtesy of Gensler

Retail Centers | July 27, 2017 | GenslerOn David Glover

Consumers expect more from retailers and brands than ever before.

Image © The Student Hotel, Photography by Kasia Gatkowska

Architects | July 19, 2017 | GenslerOn Jonathan Breen and Diana Lee

The Student Hotel is representative of a new model for delivering housing solutions for students globally. 

Architects | June 29, 2017 | GenslerOn Tama Duffy Day

Out of the many insights that night, everyone agreed that the healthcare industry is ripe for disruption and that communities contribute immensely...

AEC Tech | May 23, 2017 | GenslerOn William Ringer

As AI proves safe, big business will want to reduce overhead.

Gensler’s Sleep Set 2016 concept. Image © Gensler.

Hotel Facilities | May 19, 2017 | GenslerOn Nicola Law

There’s a shift from accommodating to specific market niches towards places that can adapt to changing moods and activities.

Image © Carvana.

Building Automation | April 27, 2017 | GenslerOn Deeg Snyder

Significant changes are underway as automotive manufacturers and retailers try to anticipate consumer demands in changes in their business models....

Moffitt Cancer Center Core Laboratory. Image © Gensler

Architects | April 13, 2017 | GenslerOn Justin Cratty and Erik Lustgarten

While most labs are designed to achieve that basic functionality, a transformational lab environment prioritizes a science organization’s most valu...

Image: Jasper Sanidad.

Building Team | March 28, 2017 | GenslerOn Nick Bryan

Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgender people, parents with children of the opposite...

Image © George Clerk.

Hotel Facilities | February 20, 2017 | GenslerOn Claire Richmond

Change is inevitable and it impacts on everything, not least on the way we design.

Motorola Mobility’s Chicago Headquarters fuses cutting-edge technology and workplace design to become a benchmark for the creative office. Image © Gensler.

Education Facility | February 07, 2017 | GenslerOn Meghan Webster

As companies are increasingly looking for people who can do things like communicate clearly, solve complex challenges, lead teams, and define strat...

Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 26, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jennifer Williams

Human performance facilities are emerging as a new way for people to attend to their overall wellness.

One Museum Place, Shanghai. Image © Gensler.

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2017 | GenslerOn Russell Gilchrist

In spite of the ability to build tall and taller buildings—usually fully glazed, often in extreme climates with increasingly smart technologies—it...

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

Office Building Design | December 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Kevin Rosenstein

More, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place in the office environment for all of their employe...

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Augmented Reality | December 12, 2016 | GenslerOn Alan Robles

With the Trimble Software for Microsoft’s HoloLens device we’re able to bring into the physical world what exists only digitally.

Mecklenburg County Land Use Environmental Service Agency, Charlotte, NC, Image © Gensler.

Architects | December 01, 2016 | GenslerOn Bob Peck

Government work settings ranked the lowest in their effectiveness across the four work modes: focus (individual) work, collaboration, socializing (...

The Washington Post's nerve center. Image © Garrett Rowland.

Office Building Design | November 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Sumita Arora, Co-Leader of Gensler’s Global Media Practice

The converged environment is a live-streaming workplace, a zone where news and content flow continuously and speed to market is everything.

Costa Rica Convention Center. Image © Gensler

Building Team | November 07, 2016 | GenslerOn Lorraine Francis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Biomimicry takes inspiration from nature’s form, processes, and ecosystems to solve human problems. This design method, which incorporates lessons...

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Architects | October 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Martin Gollwitzer

As technology continues to evolve, we have to simultaneously adapt and help our clients think beyond the short term, writes Gensler's Martin Gollwi...

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Office Building Design | September 30, 2016 | GenslerOn Lena Kitson + Kimberly Foster

No matter how lavish the amenities, they’ll prove ineffective in making any kind of positive impact if they don’t align to a company’s culture and...

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Architects | September 19, 2016 | GenslerOn Diane Hoskins

Over the past 100 years, how we work has changed dramatically, and these changes have impacted workplace design.

City Point Brooklyn - Food Hall Study images.

Architects | September 13, 2016 | GenslerOn Toshi Kasai, Design Director, Hospitality Architecture, Gensler

Food halls have not only become an economical solution for restauranteurs and chefs experiencing skyrocketing retail prices and rents in large citi...

Westin Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport. Rendering Courtesy of Gensler.

Hotel Facilities | August 02, 2016 | GenslerOn Lisa Kong

Millennials’ desire for authentic experiences has been the catalyst for a refresh of most brand standards, writes Gensler's Lisa Kong

Designing with Office Heroes: Lessons from a network of startup professionals

Prezi office in San Francisco. Photo: © Michael Townsend, via Gensler

Designers | July 21, 2016 | GenslerOn Katie Rodrigues

Gensler Design Strategist Katie Rodrigues talks about how the design community can support emerging and startup clients.

The new University of Kansas School of Business building marks a departure from the traditional design model – and, thus, the traditional approach to learning – focusing on innovation, serendipity, and being “future ready.” Image: Gensler.

Higher Education | June 30, 2016 | GenslerOn David Broz

Academic incubators that bridge school and the workplace are transforming design in higher education. Gensler's David Broz offers 10 ways colleges...

Cozy hideouts support an emerging work mode that's proving critical to helping workers recharge their batteries. Image © Garrett Rowland. Click here to enlarge

Office Building Design | June 07, 2016 | GenslerOn Penny Lewis

Workspaces are geared toward socializing and collaboration, but people need quiet, calm places where they can sit alone and focus. Gensler's Penny...

Why corporate bathrooms stink and how good design can fix this

Bathrooms in hotels, restrooms and even airports tend to carry a touch of class that bathrooms in corporate offices so often lack. Pictured: a ladies room in SFO Terminal 2. Image: Bruce Damonte, courtesy Gensler.

Industry Research | May 11, 2016 | GenslerOn Johnathan Sandler

Despite their importance, bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to building design. Gensler's Johnathan Sandler spoke with people in the ind...

Concept Sketch, Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Renovation. All images courtesy Gensler

Architects | March 29, 2016 | GenslerOn Alex Fernández

Hand-drawn concepts allow ideas to emerge and build stronger connections between the design and the audience, as Gensler Principal and Design Direc...

How museums engage visitors in a digital age

Museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum are exploring new ways to engage with audiences by investing in technologies to make the experience more interactive. Photo courtesy Gensler

Cultural Facilities | March 03, 2016 | GenslerOn Marina Bianchi

Digital technologies are opening up new dimensions of the museum experience and turning passive audiences into active content generators, as Gensle...

Image © Jordan Berta.

Urban Planning | January 19, 2016 | GenslerOn Peter Weingarten

While cities are creating new jobs and attracting new residents, there are warning signs that suggest this current urban boom lacks the necessary s...

Spec for Tech: Designing for the Creative Class

Uptown Station in Oakland provides amenities in a common paseo at the ground floor, where all tenants and the public can pass through, creating a vibrant and active place. Rendering: Steelblue


Office Building Design | January 11, 2016 | GenslerOn Ben Tranel

The new work environment, settings which blur the line between work and life, is inspired by cities and the attributes that all great urban environ...

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