We share fresh optimism and new ideas about how to improve the airport construction process moving forward. It starts, of course, with what travelers experience as they pass through an airport with ongoing construction.
January 25, 2023
| By Matthew Johnson, Benton Rudolph, Tim Hudson
As tech companies plot their partial return to the workplace, some are ready to embrace our latest challenge: How we take insights from the past two years and use them to design joyful, inclusive work environments?
Data centres use about 1% of the planet’s electricity and are responsible for about 0.25% of the world’s carbon footprint. What if there were a way to capture those carbon emissions within the building itself?
January 20, 2023
| By Matt Redding, Joost Lansbergen
While most city dwellers feel positively about their city’s public transit system, fewer feel that it provides a great experience. This indicates that transit systems that fulfill basic functions are not doing enough — passengers need more.
Construction costs have experienced many disruptive pressures due to the pandemic – from limited labor to stressed supply chains to stubborn inflation pressures. While the industry still finds itself challenged by these pressures heading into 2023, increasing interest rates and the corresponding downward pressure on demand may finally provide some relief.
Clients are experimenting with hybrid work, policies changes, spatial needs, and how to create a workplace that supports what workers need. Here’s what’s next for the future of workplace and workplace design.
In this time of constant change and challenge, people want to spend their time in environments that maximize the way they live, work, play, and collaborate. Our latest research sheds light on an emerging trend in how people and companies are using their space.
Here’s how workplace designers can play a vital role in creating inclusive spaces that are welcoming of all people and all abilities and supportive of employee well-being with the right mix of amenities and spaces.
Brett Robillard, a principal and studio director at Gensler’s Las Vegas office, discusses Las Vegas’ ripe potential for growth and expansion, its many misconceptions, and what a new kind of design thinking can bring to the future development of the city.
The Gensler Community Impact Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of teams across the firm in pro bono, low bono, mentoring, and research projects that align with the Gensler Model of Community Impact.
To deliver a work system that's designed for success in the current hybrid work environment, design teams must adopt a rapid cyclical development approach that builds a deep understanding of changing leadership aspirations, functional needs, and cultural workstyle norms.
December 07, 2022
| By Alfred Byun, Karina Silvester
In the heart of Boston’s Financial District, we partnered with the Rockpoint Group to transform an underutilized atrium between two Class A office towers into an 18,000-square-foot, Art Deco-inspired food hall.
As more consumer goods companies look to diversify their talent pool, how do they compete with the new expectations and needs of workers? Here are three workplace strategies for creating an authentic sense of purpose and connection.
All segments of the built ecosystem must change direction to stem the tide of rising global temperatures — whether it’s how we build new cities, re-adapt existing cities, or protect cities in vulnerable regions.
With the Integrated Station Design Solutions project, Gensler teamed with LA Metro to create a series of new and innovative design solutions to apply to all of Metro’s stations with the goal of improving the overall transit experience for riders by making stations easier to recognize, navigate, and use.
To revitalize cities, we can reimagine a resilient, community-focused approach that brings different property owners within a district or block to work with each other and the city to create viable developments.
How might the metaverse allow us to make hybrid work better, provide new value in our retail relationships, and reconnect to our cities and each other? Our Digital Experience Design leaders explore possibilities.
October 20, 2022
| By Greg Gallimore, Nick Hubbard
A group of graduates in the London and Birmingham offices spoke with members of our European Design Technology (DT) team about their roles, specific expertise, misconceptions related to design technology, and where the future of DT might take us.
As we’re seeing with many workers, remote work doesn’t only mean working from home — it means working from anywhere. That’s one reason gas stations, with their abundance and strategic distribution across the urban landscape, are primed to be reconfigured as third places — new fixtures of our cities that offer a flexible and sustainable solution to building tomorrow’s workplace ecosystem.
October 11, 2022
| By Jordan Goldstein, Neil Brooker
We polled CoreNet Global members worldwide, who told us their organization’s top priority was attracting employees back to the office. But what attracts employees to an employer or workplace has shifted.
When companies act graciously and generously, people come to fully appreciate just how genuine their mission really is. If you want your organization to stand out and stand for something great, it's important to connect mission to action and behave accordingly.
Here’s how the first $1 billion in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's FAA Airport Terminals Program is being used to improve the traveler experience — and how other airports can take advantage of these new opportunities.
The 20-minute city framework can help us think about what steps we can take to make the zones that are set aside mostly for work more livable and the zones that are delegated to home more welcoming for work.
The pandemic exacerbating the housing crisis in many U.S. cities. For residential architects and designers to make a difference, we must embrace solutions like modular construction, adaptive reuse, and progressive legislation.
Physical retail is essential to building meaningful connections with customers, but a mindset shift is necessary. Here are six principles for retailers to better engage in an increasingly hybrid world.
Many clients want custom glass graphics, but costs can be significant, and the process can take months. We partnered with a trusted manufacturer on a prepackaged program to offer a practical and convenient solution.
As a facility that had to be reconceptualized and designed during the pandemic, the Holcomb Family YMCA in Spring, Texas is designed to help members maintain healthy lifestyles and stay connected with the community.
With recent shifts toward suburban areas, civic leaders and real estate developers have an opportunity to create synergistic communities beyond urban downtowns that offer places to live, work, and play.
Findings from Gensler’s Spring 2022 City Pulse Survey show that people with remote work arrangements still tend to prefer city living — and that supporting flexible and hybrid work strategies at the city level is an opportunity to catalyze the rebirth of our downtowns and neighborhoods.
How are factors like affordability, remote work opportunities, and personal safety affecting people’s attitudes towards urban life? Gensler’s Spring 2022 City Pulse Survey examines how cities can meet the needs of all residents, now and in the future.
With an influx of people to the suburbs and hybrid work here to stay, how do Central Business Districts reinvent themselves? Our research sheds light on the key characteristics residents want from cities and CBDs.
Recognizing a shared interest in solving complex urban mobility challenges, BMW Designworks and Gensler came together to explore a new range of design ideas for urban living in a project called Architecture X Mobility.
Coupled with Gensler’s workplace research, our survey of CRE executives offers valuable insights on return to office timing, the long-term impact on corporate real estate footprints, employer policies, and more.
Austin’s Innovation District unites education, entertainment, leisure, and sports. This type of urban, mixed-use center brings in new business and diverse populations, while enhancing the culture of a city.
The solutions we must embrace are not aimed at the 1% of iconic sustainable buildings, but rather they are intended to help us return to basic strategies across 99% of existing and future developments.
As we re-envision the way that buildings, developments, and even cities promote health, we must reimagine how the built environment supports the long-term resilience of our communities, livelihoods, and resources.
We have an opportunity to design places that are inclusive for all people that can also promote resilience and make preparedness more accessible in the face of natural disasters and other climate change events.
Organizational network analysis (ONA) is an objective tool that can be used to understand how ideas and information flow among people in an organization. Here’s how we’re visualizing communication patterns to help drive better decisions about workplace real estate.
March 30, 2022
| By Nadia Volchansky, Amin Mojtahedi
As one of the largest specifiers of furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E), many of our product design clients are asking for our reporting requirements for embodied carbon in order to be more responsive to project needs.
In an increasingly hybrid world, offices, retail stores, and other physical places need to bring people together and create community. Here are four lessons that the office sector can leverage from retail.
Designers are pushing the perceived limits of modular construction to build efficiently and safely while preserving time, cost, and materials. Explore prefab modular design for residential high-rises in Los Angeles.
For hybrid meetings to work, meeting formats shouldn’t just be an afterthought; to achieve an effective hybrid engagement for everyone, we need the right setup, the right facilitation, and the right purpose.
For workplace developers, designers, and tenants who are rethinking the office in response to new ways of working, today’s cost challenges are particularly acute. Gensler’s 2022 U.S. Workplace Interiors Insights Report offers a deep look into today’s dynamic cost conditions, providing a path toward meaningful and actionable measures.
Across many parts of the globe, we are seeing mask and vaccine mandates being lifted. All this signals positive news for individuals and companies looking to get back to something resembling life in 2019.
As we think about the future of work, consider a new workplace ecosystem — a Swiss Army knife approach to choosing the whole suite of places and spaces that provide the best environment for the work at hand.
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler workplace experts share key findings from Gensler’s latest U.S. Workplace Survey and offer insights for a more meaningful future of work.
There is a spectrum of innovation happening within cities because of market changes, behaviors around COVID, and technological innovation. Here's a look at how innovation is happening at a variety of scales, from affinity districts, to innovation districts.
In order to thrive, our downtown cores and buildings need to become more resilient, adaptable, and multiuse — considering efficient use of space and time as valuable factors in the resilience equation.
February 03, 2022
| By Astrid Hugo, Luke Askwith, Marta de Prisco
Companies that are making the most successful decisions about their workplaces are not following a prescriptive method or imitating others. They are doing what is right for them, responding to the specific needs of their business and employees.
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, four Gensler aviation industry experts explore how the pandemic has introduced airport design innovations in health, wellness, technology, and equity.
As COVID-related office hygiene and cleaning protocols play a role in the return to the office, Gensler’s Product Development practice has a range of initiatives to help organizations take office hygiene to the next level.
As part of the Department of Energy’s E-ROBOT initiative, we teamed up with a group of roboticists and builders to develop a flexible new tool and data platform that can streamline and simplify adaptive reuse and retrofit projects.
January 05, 2022
| By Anirudh Dhawan, Alfonso Hernandez
What are the core fundamentals of how innovation districts work, and how is the industry changing as a result of COVID and market dynamics? Here are four key insights into the future of innovation districts.
Telehealth was at the forefront of healthcare consults during the pandemic, but we’re not hearing enough on lessons learned. We have crucial questions that need answering but the experiment is still unfolding.
The principles of flexibility, adaptability, and well-being are becoming vital in the attraction of future tenants and their employees, who will demand more balanced ways of working and living. Here are our 10 core principles that drive our work on repositioning and reuse projects.
December 21, 2021
| By Harry Cliffe-Roberts, Alex Fuente
Throughout the year, we explored the responsibility we have as an industry to ensure the future health and safety of our cities and communities through the power of design. Here are our five biggest trends and topics from a year of rebuilding and reconnection.
With hospitality-inspired workplace design, financial firms can create a purpose-driven space that empowers employees, nurtures client relationships, and provides a competitive edge for attracting talent.
December 07, 2021
| By Siobhan Barry, Anna Crittenden
COVID-19 exposed the need to think about air terminals differently. New expectations and needs for airports mean they will evolve into multifaceted centers of activity for passengers, aviation staff, and the community at large.
San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) Harvey Milk Terminal 1 was undergoing a transformation long before COVID-19, including a myriad of enhancements designed to make the passenger experience more comfortable and efficient.
Gensler and the American Institute of Architects are both committed to an ambitious agenda in the fight against climate change. Climate justice refines that approach to ensure that no one community is unfairly impacted by the burden of climate change.
The sports industry has shifted beyond pure training facilities to establish athletic performance centers for “total performance” with spaces that support conditioning, treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation.
Like so many predominantly Black urban centers in the U.S., Pittsburgh’s Hill District became a target for redlining and urban renewal programs that displaced thousands of people starting in the 1920s and ‘30s. By partnering with local organizations and community groups to create an inclusive, mixed-use linear park, Gensler’s plan for the Lower Hill District hopes to correct the injustices of the past.
The preferences and workstyles of our younger workers will increasingly define the future of the workplace for everyone. How will this impact how we work? We uncovered some distinct generational differences for how generations prefer to work and how they value the office differently.
Among the factors impacting people’s decisions about where to live, what matters most? Gensler’s Residential Experience Index seeks to understand residents’ perspectives and uncover the factors driving housing satisfaction.
October 06, 2021
| By Leigh Cowan, Michelle DeCurtis, Rebecca Luong
We sat down with Deysy Cruz Escobar, technical designer, Gensler Atlanta, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
After analyzing pre-COVID trends, the industry’s pandemic response, and projections of post-vaccine preferences, we’ve identified six design and programmatic modifications that guide the development of the ideal music venue.
September 28, 2021
| By Kai Westermark, Stella Donovan
We interviewed four scientists with varied fields of research about their workplace experiences to learn how designers can create environments that meet their expectations and needs — as well as support their new ways of working.
September 27, 2021
| By Dayita Kurvey, Erik Lustgarten
Design plays a key role in keeping older adults safe, connected, and engaged in their community. These strategies for reimagining longevity in an age-inclusive world cater to diverse needs and lifestyles of older adults.
September 23, 2021
| By Tama Duffy Day, Lester Yuen
We sat down with María José Tasada, project architect, Gensler Chicago, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
Tysons, Virginia has a particular form of urbanism, one that simply isn’t replicated anywhere else. It has an uncommon diversity that goes beyond the surface level, and an inclusive architecture that sets a stage where life can be lived in a distinctly Tysons way.
Even though delta changed the timeline, workers around the world still place a great deal of value in the physical workplace — and our newest data from the U.S. shows that people at the top performing companies in particular value the physical workplace and look forward to resuming in-person work.
In the past few years, we've hit a tipping point for electric mobility. But the real game-changing story is largely being overlooked: electric vehicles have the potential to dramatically reshape our cities.
Our Justice, Equity & Design Dialogues are a call-to-action to take a leadership role in driving change within our firm and industry, and with our clients and in our communities to create lasting impact.
In this Gensler Design Exchange podcast episode, Gensler’s Global Cities Lead and regional leaders discuss how Gensler’s City Pulse Survey findings might impact the workplace, mobility, retail, culture, and entertainment for rising cities.
As workers around the world continue to experiment with how and where they work in the face of ongoing uncertainty, Gensler's global Workplace Surveys uncover some universal truths and patterns about the hybrid future of work.
We sat down with Maddy Crippen, Southeast regional marketing director, to ask about her experiences at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the Olympic venue experience from the athlete’s perspective.
As we design adaptable sites and buildings along our coastlines, we must address these unique challenges in our project collaborations with building owners and developers. Adaptable, resilient buildings will need to be able to specifically withstand sea level rise and storm surges long-term.
We sat down with O'Lanre Smith, architect and technical director, Gensler Morristown, to ask him about the impact design and architecture can have on our communities, and his personal journey to becoming an architect.
As passenger behaviors evolve and people seek to experience local culture, the airport will become a community hub where people can interact and gather, rather than a place solely for coming and going.
Tim Grisius, Global M&A and Real Estate Officer at Marriott International, talks about Marriott’s evolution to become the world’s largest hospitality company; the hospitality industry’s path to recovery; Marriott’s new headquarters; and more.
We sat down with Jon Park, senior architectural designer, Gensler Atlanta, to ask him about his career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
In 2020, we saw public space and art bring local and global communities together in new ways. How might we reimagine our streets and the public realm to steward more equitable and sustainable communities?
We sat down with Fannie Cheung, technical director, Gensler San Francisco, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
Why has the gap between broadband infrastructure investment and access to connectivity persisted, and how can cities create information services pipelines to bring broadband internet to more Americans?
Mustapha Williams, a technical designer at Gensler Chicago, shares what first sparked his design passion, how winning the Gensler Diversity Scholarship impacted his career, and why mentorship drives him.
To bring diverse voices together around issues related to race and diversity, Gensler's Justice, Equity & Design Dialogue series aims to ignite a movement within the firm to actively participate in the global fight to abolish structural racism.
Faculty have been working, teaching, mentoring, and researching from home — or wherever they could find decent WiFi — for nearly a year. While most faculty agree that there are huge academic drawbacks to the current mode of teaching, there may be some important lessons that can guide us into the post-pandemic future.
March 29, 2021
| By Lindsey Feola, Kristen Tobing Stromsvold
Brand experience drives culture, and these aspects are powerfully intertwined in the hospitality industry. Here are four major steps to becoming — and sustaining — a beloved anchor both "within and for" the community.
Enhancing the wellness for the future of our cities requires a twofold approach — creating more equitable and accessible spaces across underserved communities, as well as focusing more on wellness design projects that are specifically designed by BIPOC and minority professionals.
In a post-COVID age, how will a city that thrived on getting such a wide variety of people together now survive? Las Vegas has an opportunity to reinvent itself as a more diverse, inclusive, and engaging urban environment.
In this conversation with the CEO of Armstrong World Industries, we discuss how ceilings are an important part of the holistic approach to design we must take as we reimagine shared spaces in the future.
Scientific studies back up what many already feel is true: our mental and physical health is inextricably linked to the connections between ourselves and the natural world, as well as social connections between individuals.
As designers, builders, and creators of the built environment, at Gensler we are committed to leading the charge in climate action by ensuring that every project in our portfolio is net zero carbon by 2030.
The stakes are high for those making real estate portfolio decisions that will affect organizational culture and performance for years to come. But there’s a low-risk and high-reward solution: the pilot space.
Prior to the pandemic, the world of esports was a nearly billion-dollar industry. For higher education institutions, it also created a new opportunity for recruitment by combining interest in competitive sports and gaming with real world training in STEM or related fields.
When we can return to the office and resume other in-person activities, creating places for people to spend time together and rebuild community — not just in the workplace, but in every aspect of our daily lives — will be more important than ever.
Three Gensler projects were recognized for excellence in sustainable design at the 2020 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards, including the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, UPCycle, and Etsy.
Scientific entrepreneurs face high rents, lab construction, and equipment costs, plus the operational and safety concerns of starting a research lab. Here’s how to think about developing laboratory coworking.
The pandemic has been an opportunity for companies to rethink policies around employee flexibility and when — or if — certain job functions will return to the office. As the purpose of the office evolves, commercial office buildings will become even more amenity-centric.
We surveyed over 2,500 office workers across nine industries in the U.K. to learn more about their experiences working through lockdown and their expectations for the workplace once they return. The results are helping us answer a common question during this time of disruption: what does the model “future workplace” look like?
November 05, 2020
| By Kerri Henderson, Jane Clay, Julia Simet
Boston's 41-story One Post Office Square tower was constructed in 1980 and designed at a time when corner offices were the gold standard of the corporate workplace. When presented with the opportunity to reimagine the building, we aimed to bring in new life and identity, along with a revitalized experience both inside and out to position it as one of the city’s leading office towers.
Gensler’s City Pulse Survey 2020 findings provide developers, urban designers, and clients with real-time research into how the pandemic is impacting migration patterns, evolving expectations, and the urban experience across global cities, including New York, San Francisco, London, and Singapore.
A building’s performance is primarily influenced by its size, shape, orientation, massing, and fenestration. When just 1% of a project’s upfront costs are spent, up to 70% of its lifecycle costs may already be committed. Performance is first and foremost a design strategy.
Even before the pandemic and recent civil unrest, it was clear that communities of color were struggling with urban health, safety, and wellness issues. We cannot talk about "Slow" or "Safe" Streets without also talking about race.
Completed in 2019, Assembly at North First was originally intended to be leased as a single-tenant campus, but the developer asked Gensler to demonstrate what the post-COVID workplace would look like in practice.
Funded by the University of California at Los Angeles and the Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the Congo Basin Institute is a research and education campus that will focus on the interconnected issues of environmental devastation with human disease and poverty.
People’s expectations have changed dramatically due to COVID and its myriad health, employment, and other fallouts. We see it this way: Employees want to keep the coffee lounge and they want to know whether the farmers were paid fairly and whether the lounge uses sustainable materials.
October 05, 2020
| By Simisola Marinho, Kate Kirkpatrick
At the moment, everything we do has been dramatically upended, which is what has the hospitality industry rethinking its purpose. If the very meaning of work and home has changed, what does that mean for hotels?
Tourists longing for road trips and outdoor adventures, paired with working travelers’ “work-from-anywhere" flexibility, can drive an opportunity to reimagine the nostalgic motel. Here are solutions to renovate existing motels or create a network of modernized motels that focus on wellbeing and fun, localized experiences.
September 30, 2020
| By Inga Zunte, Douglas Detiveaux
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for reimagining the next evolution of physical banking locations, but it’s an opportune time for banks to re-evaluate and reposition their portfolios to help strengthen connections with clients and communities.
September 29, 2020
| By Lisa Weeks, Adam Phillips, Lena Kitson
Climate change has a direct impact on our health and wellbeing now and it will become only more acute in the future. The wildfires that are devastating California, Washington state, and Oregon provide the latest reminder.
September 18, 2020
| By Mallory Taub, Oliver Schaper
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Gensler Design Excellence Awards (GDEA), a program that seeks to elevate the firm’s design quality and celebrate design excellence in our projects all over the world.
If there’s one area Costa Rica could improve upon, it’s the coexistence of its largest city San José with the surrounding natural ecology. At least that’s the opinion of Edgar Mora, who served as the mayor of Curridabat as well as a senior design strategist in Gensler’s San José office. According to Mora, the pandemic and the global health crisis present an opportunity to create a more sustainable city.
We believe that the workplace offers far more equity than working from home, literally putting us on equal footing with ample desk space and ergonomic chairs, highspeed Internet access, and vast opportunities for creative collisions and social encounters.
Now that some workplaces are reopening, we’ll have to find a way to shake off these feelings in a world that remains very restricted. The question is how? And what role should employers play to support their people as they transition back to the office?
Over the past 70 years, the workplace has evolved slowly but surely. Now that evolution has accelerated far more dramatically and when we return, the office building is going to look and feel like a different place than the one we left.
August 05, 2020
| By Darrel Fullbright, Duncan Lyons
It’s important to understand how changes to community engagement best practices can be purposefully designed to create a more equitable process that gives previously marginalized residents an effective voice.
We won't be returning to our former offices. Instead, the hybrid office might look similar in many ways, but it’s going to be strategically modified, incorporating new practices, new protocols, and new technologies to support hybrid workers.
With all the talk about re-entry, return to work, and reopening of retail and schools, it seems the measures the world is taking to welcome people back are somewhat in conflict with our longing for community and connection.
In the face of the complex system of racial injustice, it can feel daunting to try to make a difference, but as designers, we have the unique power to apply our solution-based skills and expansive creativity to create inclusive and inspiring experiences and public spaces in our cities.
As everyone around the world starts to emerge from lock-down, we are all wondering what it’s going to be like to reengage with the spaces and places in our communities that we’ve been avoiding for months. What new world are we entering into?
For millions of office workers around the world, work has been consciously uncoupled from its usual location for the first time. No doubt, the offices we return to will evolve along with changes in business priorities and cultural norms.
The Gensler Research Institute published its U.S. Work from Home Survey 2020, featuring findings on the experience of working from home during the pandemic and insights on how this experience is influencing people’s expectations for the future workplace.
The landscape of virtual care has leapt ahead a decade or more amidst the current health crisis, and it is creating a massive shift in operations at a time when a historic financial decline has hit the healthcare industry.
The pandemic is disrupting already fragile food supply chains. To ensure resilience and food security for the world’s population, we can put intelligent design to work by rethinking urban agriculture within the built environment.
Whether it’s new buildings that are about to be designed or existing architecture that now needs to be re-imagined, in many ways this is a time for an architecture of optimism – one that promotes wellness and celebrates life.
After Gensler staff members in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region began working from home, we launched a survey to assess our people’s well-being, challenges, and overall experiences — here are key findings.
We're reflecting on the factors education leaders should consider in planning a return to school post-COVID-19, and what we can learn from this remote learning experience to create a resilient hybrid campus.
For those who design and develop office buildings around the world, the current crisis has introduced a new challenge: Once we are cleared to return to the office, how can we convince people that the buildings they use are healthy and safe?
In the workplace, digital solutions and experience platforms have improved guest check-in, conference room booking, company communications, wayfinding, food and beverage service, and more. But touch-based solutions start to look like health risks in light of the recent pandemic and other viral threats.
Public meetings are the foundation of modern participatory democracy. So, what do we do when it’s dangerous or impossible to gather people in public places? How should governments respond now and in the future?
Some of the best ideas at work happen spontaneously — in the lunch line or waiting for the elevator — rather than in a conference room. Now that many of us have shifted to working 100% virtually, how do we continue to create opportunities for casual collisions that spark ideas and random discussions?
The current crisis raises serious questions that we’ll need to address before we get back to anything resembling normal: How well-suited are cities to a post COVID-19 world? How prepared are we to handle a health crisis in the future? And how can we use what we’re learning now to improve the quality of life in cities?
COVID-19 has forced us to embrace a new reality rooted exclusively in virtual interactions. While we reflect on how educational institutions’ responses are leading to a paradigm shift in the learning experience, how might campus life also translate to a virtual experience?
As COVID-19 disrupts our lives, working from home is now a sudden reality. How can we apply the best practices and tools that make a corporate workplace effective and collaborative, and instead create a great work from home space and routine?
People spend up to one-third of their lives at work, many of them inside office buildings. If these buildings were proactively designed with features that could stem the spread of communicable disease, the wellness benefits for the general workforce could potentially be widespread.
Today, encouraging creativity is a must in every business, from law firms to banks to media companies. A creative culture can come from many factors — but the space you house it all in can be a huge amplifier of creativity.
We often learn by overhearing our peers and experiencing the consequences of their behavior — positive, negative, and everything in between — in real time, in person. This is just as true for the workplace as it is for childhood education, and it is just as relevant for factual information as it is for life lessons.
Whether it is a curated art program, an emerging artists installation, or a dedicated gallery, organizations are finding unique ways to use art as a tool to inspire social change and connect with the community.
During Design Week Portland, the local Gensler office engaged members of the community in a conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion. We wanted to know: Where does design fail to address these topics? And how can we evolve our practices to build a better world?
For law firms around the world, artificial intelligence could have seriously impactful possibilities that shape how legal services are delivered in the future, as well as what types of services lawyers could offer.
What started as an informal celebration among Chinese university students has evolved into the single biggest shopping day worldwide — both online and off. How are traditional retailers and e-commerce behemoths in China using digital platforms and physical space to create authentic and lasting connections with consumers in the midst of these mind-boggling sales figures?
The tech company's first European flagship is more than just a place to shop or demo products — it’s a destination to engage with the local community and connect with all types of people — from gamers and students, to educators, families, and businesses.
For over 15 years, Gensler's Denver office has supported some of the most vulnerable among us through their partnership with the non-profit organization Access Gallery, whose mission is to create a sense of community and nurture creativity among young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in the greater Denver area.
With hundreds of millions of square feet of buildings and interior design projects in the pipeline annually, we believe our impact and role in reducing energy demand is critical. That's why we're announcing the Gensler Cities Climate Challenge with an ambitious goal for the entire design industry: eliminate all greenhouse gases associated with the built environment.
With the city's support, Gensler San Jose helped repurpose the ground floor of an uninviting parking garage to accommodate micro-retail spaces for local business owners, enliven the community, and encourage a renewed pedestrian experience.
In the highly competitive research landscape centered around New Jersey, biopharmaceutical companies are aligning these values by moving the laboratory front and center, and putting their science on display.
University of Toronto civil and mineral engineering professor Shoshanna Saxe articulates some serious concerns about the bureaucratic and logistical ramifications of smart cities — ones that should give us all pause.
As our world becomes more urbanized and connected, a company’s competitiveness and speed determine success. To keep up with the robust pace and dynamics of our environment, every organization needs to creatively innovate while delivering value to the bottom line.
Gensler San Francisco gathered a diverse panel of experts to consider the questions we should all be asking ourselves: does city life make us happy? Are our anxiety levels increasing? Are we starving for more human connection?
Small universities are having a hard time providing physical space for their diverse student populations. These campuses are often landlocked and lacking the enormous budgets of some of their larger counterparts. This raises the question: how can smaller universities support inclusion at a small scale while yielding a large impact?
A city's brand originates from the people who make its neighborhoods rich with personality, values, and promises. Each of us is a brand ambassador for our city, and collectively we create shared experiences that define who we are, and who we want to be.
Today, educating the next generation isn’t just happening within schools, but in informal learning environments as well. 826 National, a not-for-profit creative writing and tutoring center network serving underprivileged youth ages 6 through 18, is one organization that is taking a novel look at designing learning spaces.
The vision of aerial ridesharing presented at the 2019 Uber Elevate conference this week is a bold one that promises to shift the way people experience cities — and one that will be a reality much sooner than most people think.
In the healthcare industry, provider loyalty no longer comes from proximity alone. Thanks to a global trend of digitalization and increasingly available medical knowledge, healthcare consumers are now empowered to seek out providers that offer greater levels of accessibility, convenience, and service.
The latest innovation from the state that gave us blue jeans, popsicles, personal computers, skateboards, and the Internet has arrived: California's new Zero Net Energy code revisions, which will drive the creation of perhaps the greatest concentration of energy efficient buildings on the planet.
If New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, the Big Apple will go in an entirely different direction with its skyscrapers. As part of his city’s OneNYC2050 initiative — a sort of Green New Deal for America’s largest metropolis — de Blasio is proposing to make it much tougher to build the kinds of glass-and-steel towers that have become synonymous with the city.
With boundaries between media and technology constantly blurring, it is easy for media companies to lose sight of both their own legacy and the narrative they seek to craft. At the WTOP headquarters in Washington, D.C., however, a clear, purposeful celebration and expression of brand legacy stems this tide. When a story of this nature is told through workplace design, the results can be extremely powerful not only for employees, but also curious guests or clients.
When it comes to recruitment and retention at law offices, it’s no longer enough just to have a workplace that functions well. A workplace has to capture and enhance a firm’s culture through a variety of design approaches.
Cities are magnets for those who seek better jobs, opportunities, and more diverse communities. But does city life make us happy? We look at some of the basic building blocks for a better, happier city.
Pop-up, temporary, and semi-permanent public space projects have evolved past being mere experiments. They now form a substantial part of urban business operations that governments and developers are championing, but until recently policies around temporary use of the urban realm have been murky and difficult to navigate.
For the 22nd installment of DIFFA New York’s Dining By Design, design firms across the city mobilized to produce 23 carefully curated dining vignettes that raise awareness for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. Gensler New York’s 2019 design concept, titled “You Are Beautiful,” served as a celebratory reminder to all those individuals living with HIV/AIDS that they are not alone in their fight.
In order to make travel more accessible for all passengers, airports are required to provide relief areas for use by service animals. The definition of a service animal has expanded and contracted over the years and, as such, it can be challenging to understand how to best serve their needs.
As the office landscape continues to evolve and companies grant their employees more freedom and choice to work where they like (whether inside or outside the office), Gensler's research shows that the amenities with the greatest impact on effectiveness and experience are those that directly support the work needs of individual employees and their teams.
Transitioning to an open plan doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, if it’s an office layout where you have a range of spaces to support focus and collaboration, you'll likely be even be more effective and productive.
The disruptive impact that Transportation Network Companies and app-based rides have had on airport curbsides has been significant. While companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Wingz are becoming more commonplace, many airports have been caught off guard. Now they’re scrambling to catch up.
Fueled by science fiction, biometric screening has long been associated with a futuristic society. Today, governmental agencies, airlines, and airport operators are all exploring the technology as a means to both increase security and improve passenger processing.
Façade design is one example where performance, technology, and code changes come together to positively impact the environment; and our first targets in this endeavor should be existing building stock, where a vast majority of our energy consumption originates.
January 10, 2019
| By Anthony Brower, Wyatt Frantom