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Five Drivers Influencing the Future of Learning

It used to be that learning was relegated to the classroom. But now, learning happens everywhere. The future of education...

Brian Watson, Sarah Jones, and Michael Schur 2018.07.03

Will California Lead the Way to Energy Independence?

The CSU Northridge Sustainability + Recycling Center includes a rooftop photovoltaic system, which offsets the energy...

Anthony Brower 2018.06.18

Designing the First Triple-Certified Green Building in China

Johnson Controls, a leading provider of intelligent building technology and energy efficiency solutions, is investing in...

Stephen Katz 2018.06.11

Behind the Whiteboard: Collaborative Spaces Set Teachers up for Classroom Success

Teachers spend countless hours creating an environment for students to thrive in. Students are not the only ones who...

Santiago Rivera 2018.05.10

The Healing Power of Green Spaces

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Entrance garden. & Luxigon. Over the last decade, there has been a renewed awareness in the...

Alicia Gomez Jimenez 2018.05.08

Designing Innovative Solutions for Chronic Homelessness

Homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the first time since 2010, with both Los Angeles and the entire...

Audrey Handelman 2018.04.26

Hooray for Hollywood: Cities on Film

Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (courtesy of Flickr). Author and social critic Oscar Wilde observed that “Life imitates art far...

Joe Pobiner 2018.04.17

Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica: A Beacon for Sustainability

On the eve of the official inauguration of the Costa Rica Convention Center in Heredia— 10 kilometers northwest of the...

Samuel Bermúdez 2018.04.06

From Fitness to Bowling Alleys: How Commercial Office Buildings Are Differentiating Themselves Through Amenities

Historically, New York commercial buildings have not needed to offer amenities to stand out. The city served as the...

Tom Vecchione and Erin Saven 2018.03.28

A Day in the Life of an Agile Worker

A mix of sit-stand stations and collaboration areas support agile working. /John Ryan. As companies seek to gain...

Jane Stull 2018.03.27

Designing for Homeless Facilities: Critical Spaces to Consider

Street view sketch showing the transformation of a Super 8 Hotel into a Transitional Housing Facility. . The headlines...

Lorraine Morgan and Evgeniya Chadovich 2018.03.22

Choreographing the Next Generation Dance Studio

In designing Boston Ballet School's new studio in Newton—a facility that would not only be for student dancers, but also...

Patricia Nobre 2018.03.12

Using Workplace Data to Create Connected Communities

Life in a connected world produces a constant stream of data—from purchasing our morning coffee, to sending emails...

Johnathan Sandler and Luke Rondel 2018.03.02

Design Activism: Three Areas of Impact

Not-For-Profits are intrinsically motivated; they are driven by passion for what they do and an extreme sense of purpose...

Amanda Ramos and David Weinberg 2018.02.28

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie: Designing Sharable Moments

Selfies. Photo-ops. Instagram walls. We’ve all heard of these moments and have been on the lookout for opportunities in...

Debora Novarini and Circe Mendez 2018.02.26

Gensler Atlanta’s Office Expansion: A Co-Creating Environment for Our Clients

Gensler Atlanta’s office. Photo @ Nigel Marson Photography. When we started thinking about our expansion space for...

Meena Krenek 2018.01.29

Is There a Future in Retail Banking? Part II

BankUnited defines itself as a Network Bank by creating a cohesive multifunctional environment that integrates meeting...

Ryan Cavanaugh 2018.01.25

Is There a Future in Retail Banking? Part I

In this retail bank, concierge style service desks allow service professionals to have a one-on-one meeting with clients...

Ryan Cavanaugh 2018.01.23

The Set List: Retail 2018 Trends and Predictions

Editor’s note: this blog is the first in a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us. This post...

Lara Marrero 2018.01.12

San Francisco’s Union Square: From Instamatic to Instagram

Anthony G. Reyes As Herb Caen, San Francisco’s famous columnist once wrote, “It is hard to stay depressed in San...

Barry Bourbon 2017.12.11

How Environmental Graphics Can Inspire Culture and Creativity in the Workplace

We live in a time when the creative economy reigns supreme and most organizations view “creativity” as the most valued...

Jennifer Gebhardt 2017.12.11

Beyond 50 Shades of 'Greige': Seven Ideas to Create an Inspiring Workplace

Gray and beige are two colors I see most often in many of today’s workplaces. I’m not the only one, either. A client at...

Michael Chappell 2017.11.06

Design as an Innovation Super Power

An overused word and an underexplored practice. The word innovation continues to get thrown around. For the past decade...

Amanda Ramos and Jacob Simons 2017.10.24

"Treat Us Like a Client": The Power of Design, From a Non-Designer

Gensler La Crosse. . A little over a year ago, our office lease was nearing its end and we were faced with a decision—do...

Joan Meyers 2017.10.23

Make Your Workplace Data Work for You: Keys for Data-Informed Strategies.

Integrated Workplace Management is less about a single software system and more about integrating relevant tools and...

Dera Arnold and Julie Henline 2017.10.10

The Set List: Life, Augmented

Image: Ian Robinson Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us...

Jack Trotman 2017.09.20

The Set List: The Age of Empathy

Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us. “If I had asked...

Kseniya Sharin 2017.08.23

The Set List: In Pursuit of Imperfection

Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us. Over the years...

Rachel Barnes 2017.08.01

The “New Hybrid” Experience: Beyond the Mall

The Hub on Causeway. The convergence of the physical and digital worlds has revolutionized our lives and has reshaped how...

David Glover 2017.07.21

The Set List: Gamification

Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us. The growth in...

Sinead Wallace 2017.07.20

Team VHS or Beta? The Battle Over Format Standardization

Amazon Echo (Alexa) In the past, the fight for supremacy of format standardization was usually battled out between two...

Robert Cohen 2017.04.04

Has Connectivity Changed Our Experience of Place?

The latest Gensler Design Forecast has made me think about how I experience place and whether the overlay of digital...

John J. Parman 2017.04.03

Human Experience Is the Future of Design

Gensler’s 2017 Design Forecast We believe human experience is the future of design. People are the one constant in this...

Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen 2017.02.27

2016 Design Forecast LIVE: The Future of Experience

Experience—the sum of our interactions with the world around us—is increasingly the focus of design. As Gensler’s Tom Ito...

Editorial Team 2016.09.28

2016 Design Forecast LIVE: The Future of Work

Etsy’s Brooklyn Headquarters, “Innovation is the core of work, and people drive innovation,” Gensler Co-CEO Diane Hoskins...

Editorial Team 2016.09.02

2016 Design Forecast LIVE: The Future of Cities

The city is the main arena of future change, Andy Cohen told participants in Design Forecast LIVE event on June 25th. The...

Editorial Team 2016.08.17

2016 Design Forecast LIVE: Co-Creating the Future

Gensler is focused on solving the key issues facing our clients today and tomorrow. And that’s why we sponsored...

Editorial Team 2016.07.01

Suburbia 2.0: Embracing the Uburb.

Data has a way of ruthlessly illuminating reality. Take the most recent Census Bureau numbers, which shed light on...

Brenden Jackson 2016.05.18

Instability Spurs an Industry Shift

A quick glance at humankind’s rich canon of fevered doomsday scenarios reveals tremendous insights about the time in...

Brenden Jackson 2016.03.30

Mastering the "Language" of Digital Natives to Design Future Work Space

I recently took my 8-year-old daughter to a project tour and watched her touch a wallcovering to see if it would change...

Natalie Engels 2016.03.23

World Affairs, Designing for Community: The Physics of Balance

liquidcrash. One of the world’s largest slums (located in Mumbai and the basis for the movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”) is...

Bill Hooper 2016.03.03

Towards an Appropriate Local Response: Learning from our Global Clients

The Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Before joining Gensler I worked for a number of years almost exclusively for...

Julien Meyrat, AIA, LEED AP 2016.02.12

Communities with Heart: Celebrating Fifty Years of Design with Fifty Acts of Kindness

Mikaela Couch © Gensler Last year, Gensler surpassed $1 billion in revenue. We now employ over 5,000 people across 46...

J.D. Busch 2016.01.01

Delivering Creativity on a Global Scale

Design innovation. Global talent and knowledge. Helping our clients achieve their goals and being their trusted advisors...

Andy Cohen 2015.12.16

Architecture's New Realities in a Virtual World

The Virtual Reality revolution we were promised in the early 1990s is happening now. If you're old enough to remember...

Noah Rollins and Higor Arruda 2015.12.14

Towards More Resilient Buildings

More resilient buildings are critical to ensuring the safety of our urban infrastructure. Rendering © Gensler In the...

Matt Severance 2015.12.01

The Future of Work

Anniversary milestones are often an ideal time to reflect on where we’ve been and to position ourselves for the future...

Janet Pogue McLaurin 2015.11.30

High Expectations

Adjustable height desks are growing more and more common. I started using one over a year ago on account of hip/hamstring...

Amie Keener 2015.11.20

More Inclusive Design

Architects and designers have a responsibility to ensure their designs are as inclusive and accommodating as possible...

Amy Pothier 2015.11.19

Microbrands: Think Small

Over the past 50 years, the practice of branding has undergone profound changes. From a contemporary vantage point, it’s...

Beth Novitsky 2015.11.18

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