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Office Building Design | December 23, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Johnathan Sandler

Gensler's Johnathan Sandler discusses efficient alternatives to dull, wasteful workplace meetings. 

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Architects | December 17, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Joan Meyers

While utilization is an important metric to inform how frequently a space is used, it’s important to consider activity data.

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 | November 03, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Alan Robles

Gensler's Alan Robles examines a few ways VR and AR could create value for architecture and design professionals.

#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 | October 16, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Philip Tidd

The rapid growth of mobile technologies threatens to push the desktop PC into extinction. When this happens, the most pertinent question for workpl...

6 lessons in campus planning

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Architects | September 21, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Pamela Delphenich, FAIA

For campus planning, focus typically falls on repairing the bricks and mortar without consideration of program priorities. Gensler's Pamela Delphen...

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Healthcare Facilities | August 18, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Tama Duffy Day, GenslerOn

Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the patient-clinician experience. In their language, “flips” are...

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 | July 21, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Kenneth I. Fisher and Keller Roughton

Gensler's Kenneth Fisher and Keller Roughton highlight recent maker space projects at MIT and the University of Nebraska that provide just the righ...

New Museum debuts first museum-led incubator space

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

Cultural Facilities | June 28, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Bevin Savage-Yamazaki

Part studio, part shared workplace, part lab, and part professional development program, NEW INC connects design with technology, the arts with the...

5 trends that will shape the future of scientific labs

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Architects | June 24, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Erik Lustgarten, AIA

Scientific research is increasingly focusing on data collection and analytical analysis of that data, meaning the "lab of the future" will more clo...

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 | June 03, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Irwin Miller

New technology reduces location errors from the size of a car to the size of a nickel—a 100 times increase in accuracy. This is a major technologic...

The museum of tomorrow: 8 things to know about cultural institutions in today’s society

Digital Revolution at Barbican. Photo: Gensler

Building Team | May 13, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Diana Lee and Richard Jacob

Entertainment-based experiences, personal journeys, and community engagement are among the key themes that cultural institutions must embrace to st...

Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D

The Shanghai Tower. All images courtesy Gensler

Building Team | May 06, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Andy Cohen

Today’s great cities must be resilient—and open—to many things, including the influx of humanity, writes Gensler co-CEO Andy Cohen. 

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 | April 21, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Mark Thole

With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex and fragmented markets, writes Gensler's Mark Thole.

Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

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

Healthcare Facilities | April 08, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Jamie Huffcut

Gensler's Jamie Huffcut discusses mental health in the U.S. and how design can affect behavioral health.

Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

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Architects | March 30, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, LEED AP

"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become sustainable practices," says...

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 | March 18, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Jill Goebel and Christine Durman

Gensler's Jill Goebel and Christine Durman discuss the role of design in academic incubators, and why many universities are building them to foster...

Chance encounters in workplace design: The winning ticket to the innovation lottery?

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Architects | March 07, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Marc Bruffett

The logic behind the push to cultivate chance encounters supposes that innovation is akin to a lottery. But do chance encounters reliably and consi...

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 | February 03, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog Brian Watson and Mark McMinn

Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated into the campus network as a series of living/learning neigh...

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Office Building Design | January 08, 2015 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

During the past five years, people have begun to actively seek out third places not just to get a day’s work done, but to develop businesses of a n...

Gensler's San Francisco office. Image © Gensler

Gensler's San Francisco office. Image © Gensler

Architects | December 28, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

Numerous studies and mountains of evidence confirm what common sense has long suggested: healthy, happier workers are more productive, more likely...

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 | December 08, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

According to a shopping preferences study conducted by A.T. Kearney, as many as two-thirds of shoppers go to a physical store before or after makin...

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Architects | November 26, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

Most people affiliate the maker culture with metal working, welding, ceramics, glass blowing, painting, and soldering. But it also includes coding...

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Office Building Design | October 24, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

 As work and the other aspects of our lives blend, lifestyle becomes the primary lens through which all facets come into focus. In this light, indi...

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Architects | October 01, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

As a designer of mission critical facilities, I’ve learned that it’s really difficult to build data centers to keep pace with technology, yet that’...

The University of Kansas School of Business. Image Gensler

Architects | September 17, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

It seems that the most recent buildings to pop up on college campuses are trying to do more than just support academics. They are acting as hubs fo...

Good branding brings the built environment to life. Images: Gensler

Architects | August 13, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

When most colleges and universities consider their brands, they rarely venture beyond the design and implementation of a logo, writes Gensler Desig...

TechHub, a rapidly expanding London co-working space geared towards tech start-ups, approached Genslers design team with an exciting challenge: They needed their new offices to be operational in just 90 days. Genslers design team responded with a solution that combines pop-up thinking with raw urban character to yield an energetic yet functional montage of exposed concrete, plywood and glass. Image Rueben Derrick, Gensler

Architects | July 17, 2014 | Gensler Dialogue Blog

“Pop-up” has rapidly become one of the most pervasive design trends in recent years. It has given us pop-up shops and pop-up restaurants, but can i...

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