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Personal insights and opinions from Gensler's global experts on how design is shaping the future of cities. An archive of past blog posts can be found on GenslerOn.
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What the Math Behind Climate Change Is Telling Us

Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018. As the math of climate action suggests a growing gap between countries’ action pledges and their measures to limit global warming, the question for our industry becomes: how do you approach sustainability design in a world where arresting climate change no longer seems possible?

National Climate Assessment, climate change, climate report, natural disasters, net positive, net zero, resilience, resilient design 2018

Winning the War for Talent: Could Your Workplace be Doing More?

With the labor shortage in the U.S. expected to continue for years, leading organizations aren’t waiting for their next lease renewal to enhance their physical workplace. Instead, they’re exploring ways to leverage it as an asset for attracting and retaining talent.

HR, corporate real estate, human resources, workplace design 2018

An Advocate’s Journey: The Role of Design in Enabling Issue Advocacy

In the design world there are a lot of buzzwords we hear every day: experience, purpose, disruption... But what about advocacy? Physical space can and should be a catalyst for issue advocacy. Space has the potential to inspire, and it can be the gateway that initially connects people to an issue or cause. 

Design Advocacy, Mission-Driven, Not-For-Profit 2018

2018 Gensler Design Excellence Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Gensler Design Excellence Awards (GDEA) program sets a standard that all our design teams can aspire to. Within our global firm of more than 6,000 employees, the annual program is a purposeful tradition that nurtures and elevates our design culture.

Design Excellence, GDEA, Gensler 2018

Treat Us Like a Client: Three Things I’d Do Differently in Designing Our New Workplace

When planning a new office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Gensler became the client, rather than the design team. A year after moving into the space, Managing Director Joan Meyers reflects on three things she would have done differently during the planning process.

Gensler La Crosse, office design, workplace design 2018

Improving the Air We Breathe: Design Strategies for Action

Fire and unhealthy indoor air are global issues. What can we do to improve air quality in the environments we design? And how can we do it in ways that help mitigate, not exacerbate, global climate change?

AQI, air quality, resilience, resilient design, sustainability,, wildfires 2018

The Costs of Climate Change and the Promise of Resilience

If there’s one clear lesson from the recent National Climate Assessment, it’s that we need to anticipate and prepare for extreme weather-related events, rather than simply react to them. At Gensler, we believe that the building industry has an obligation to help communities prepare while leading the charge against climate change.

National Climate Assessment, climate change, climate report, natural disasters, resilience, resilient design 2018

Sorting It Out: The Key to Zero Waste Is in the Bin

If the team at San Francisco International Airport is to reach its zero waste goal in the next three years, the airport's facilities must be able to efficiently sort out renewable or reclaimable materials. But if these items are consistently ending up in the wrong bin, then the point of failure in the system seems obvious: the airport just needs better bins.

SFO, San Francisco International Airport, recycling, sustainable design, zero waste, 2018

As Wildfires Rage in California, Designing for Resilience Becomes Even More Urgent

The effects of climate change are increasingly evident—and urgent. What can we do to create resiliency and mitigate the impact of these increasingly frequent and powerful events?

California, Camp Fire, designing for resilience,, disaster relief, wildfires 2018

Toward A New Consilience

It’s way past time for standards of “good design” and “green design” to come together.

consilience, design, green design, sustainability, sustainable architecture 2018

From Briefing to Experience, Designing Today's Customer Experience Center

For many organizations, from technology to finance to sports teams, Customer Experience Centers (CECs) are the catalyst for developing and fostering customer relationships.

CEC, DXD,, EBC, customer experience center, executive briefing center, experience design 2018

Designing an Inclusive, Effective All-Gender Restroom Symbol

Without an existing standard, properly identifying all-gender restrooms in signage and wayfinding through use of an effective symbol is crucial. But designing a symbol for an all-gender restroom can be a potentially contentious conversation, inviting input and commentary from many viewpoints.

all-gender restroom symbols, design process, symbol design, symbology 2018

Pairing BIM and Connected Devices to Elevate Design

Our increasingly complex world offers an ever-expanding number of factors to consider when designing. By using networked devices, we can capture signals within our created places and measure everything from lighting power usage to occupancy rates and electrical plug loads.

BIM, Building Information Modeling,, Digital Design 2018

City of Hope Honors Gensler With Spirit of Life Award

City of Hope Honors Gensler With Spirit of Life Award

andy cohen, city of hope, co-ceos, community, diane hoskins 2018

Preparing for the Future Now with Resilient Design

As global leaders come together to address how the collective community can help reduce CO2 emissions, we understand our role within this conversation, too.

NYC Climate Week, Rives Taylor, resilient design, sustainability 2018

A Q&A with John Wix, Managing Director of Gensler Portland

A Q&A with John Wix, Managing Director of Gensler Portland

Gensler Portland, John Wix, Portland Design 2018

The Gym Of The Future is Closer Than You Think

What do we do when gas stations become obsolete? Turn them into fuel for our bodies instead.

Driverless Cars, Innovation, Reebok, Sustainability, Technology 2018

Gensler Recognized as Top Firm in Building Design's 2018 World Architecture 100

Gensler Recognized as #1 Firm in Building Design's World Architecture Top 100 for 2018

Awards, Entertainment, Hospitality, NVIDIA, Technology, Workplace, World Architecture 100 2018

2017 Gensler Design Excellence Awards

Now in its 18th year, the Gensler Design Excellence Awards (GDEA) program sets a standard that all our design teams can aspire to. Within our global firm of more than 5,000 employees, the program serves a vital purpose: to nurture and elevate our design culture.

Awards, Cadillac House, Design Excellence, E & J Gallo Winery Dry Creek Building, Hotel Chaco, L'oreal USA Hudson Yards 2017

Gensler Research + Innovation Awards 2017

Research is the fuel that drives innovation, and innovation is the cornerstone of design excellence. That’s the premise of the Gensler Research + Innovation Awards (GRIA) program, which is about celebrating the invention and exploration that produce inspired design thinking, creative problem-solving and better outcomes for our clients.

Awards, GRIA, Gensler, Innovation, Research, design thinking, exploration, inspired 2017

Change by Design: A New Framework for Leading Continuous Change

The right work environment is an incredible tool for facilitating change.

Behavior, Change, Design, Technology, Workplace 2017

Field Notes: Designing for Today's News Outlets

Associated Press, Field Notes, John Wiedner, Jonathan Sandler, Media, Media Practice Area, New York Times, Reuters 2017

From "Blackbeard’s Ghost" to Louis Kahn, Design Director and Principal David Epstein Unveils His Influences

A look into a designer's early inspirations. 

College , Film, Inspiration, Louis Kahn, Tennessee 2017

Employee Engagement: A Core Business Strategy 

Successful business leaders realize that having engaged employees is not an HR program, but a core business strategy. 

Business, Creative, Office, Strategy, Work 2017

Has Connectivity Changed Our Experience of Place? 

When it comes to the digital revolution’s impact on place, people are the prime movers.

Connectivity, Design, Mixed Reality, Place 2017

The Designer Who Can’t Stop Drawing 

A look at sketching in the digital age with Doug Wittnebel. 

Architecture, Design, Digital , Drawing, Sketches 2017

Setting the Bar High for Design Excellence

Gensler's annual Design Excellence Awards help helps set a standard that all our design teams can aspire to. The 2016 program recognized an array of praiseworthy projects, representing various typologies.

2016, Culture of Design, GDEA, Global, Innovation, Research, Talent 2017

Gensler Partners with the City of Bogotá on Community Center Initiative

Gensler Partners with the City of Bogotá on Community Center Initiative

Bogotá, Community, Gensler University, Mixed Use, Sports Facilities 2016

Designing Vibrant Communities

Vibrant communities are the building blocks of our fast-paced, increasingly urban world. To help cities thrive, these communities must be connected, resilient, healthy and inspiring.

Arts, Arts & Culture, Aviation & Transportation, Convention Centers, Critical Facilities, Culture, Education, Health & Wellness 2016

Gensler Signs Paris Pledge for Action on Climate Change

Gensler joins with other private companies and governments in signing the Paris Pledge for Action

COP21, Climate Change, Paris Pledge for Action, Sustainability 2016

What makes a world-class airport?

Gleaming new terminals are rising in next-generation cities across the globe; and with these come growing expectations of the airport experience. To remain competitive, legacy regional and national airports are asking: What makes for a world-class airport today?

Airports, Aviation & Transportation, Destination, Livable Cities, Passenger, Rail, Transit, Traveler 2015

Retail Health, Retail Medicine and the New Healthcare Experience

Retail health is emerging as a means for delivering quality, convenient care to millions of consumers; it’s also model for healthcare systems to consider when expanding their networks or extending services to reach new patient populations.

Clinic, Consumer, Experience, Health, Healthcare, Retail Clinic, Retail Health, Retail Medicine 2015

Vertical Urbanism and the Livable Cities of Tomorrow

Open spaces – the parks and piazzas that give cities a sense of character and community – are in short supply. To ensure cities remain livable in an urbanizing world, new perspectives on public space are needed. One approach is to look beyond the ground plane.

City, Community, Livable Cities, Megacities, New Perspectives, Open Space, Parks, Planning & Urban Design 2015

The Rise of Academic Incubators

Gensler has launched an initiative to explore the impact of academic incubators on universities, businesses and communities. Leveraging global expertise and insights in workplace and higher education design, we seek to understand what separates successful incubators from those that fail and to share these findings with our clients.

Academic Incubator, Academic Incubators, Accelerator, Business, Campus, Education, Incubator, Innovation 2015

We Promote Good Design by Celebrating It

Gensler's annual Design Excellence Awards help propel the quality of design ideas and solutions we provide clients. The 2014 program recognized 23 praiseworthy projects, calling out five for exceptional design achievement.

Culture of Design, GDEA, Global, Innovation, Research, Talent 2014

Design Is in Our DNA

The annual Gensler Design Excellence Awards set a standard of quality, raise the visibility of our top projects and generate conversations about design in Gensler offices across the world.

Culture of Design, Global, Innovation, Research, Talent 2013

Reimagining ColorPlus

An Indian retail icon looks to Gensler to refresh and redefine its brand

Brand, Brand Design, Iconic, Identity, Store 2013

Talk of the Town

The Avenues redefines shopping in the Gulf and internationally

Brand Design, Experience, Planning & Urban Design, Shop, Urban 2013

Under the Hood: Retail

A Q&A on how retailers are using design to keep their competitive edge

Brand Design, Customer, Experience, Luxury, Store, Technology 2013

Reimagining Cities

Envisioning a better urban future by redefining the Town Square

City, Experience, Planning & Urban Design, Urban 2013

Windows Worth Shopping

Ferrari Store and Gensler partner for RIBA Regent Street Windows Project

Brand Design, Engage, Experience, Store, Technology 2013

Shopping the Globe

What’s in store for retailers when planning an international expansion

Brand Design, Customer, Experience, Global, Shop 2012

Airport Cities

Denver and Seoul see airports keying economic growth and global standing

Aviation & Transportation, City, Conference, DEN, DIA, Downtown, Hotel, Planning & Urban Design 2012

A Whole New Ballgame

The sophisticated business of planning successful sports venues

Arena, Community, Planning & Urban Design, Sports, Stadium, Urban 2012

The Developing City

Gensler envisions London in 2050 for a summer-long exhibition

Aviation & Transportation, London, Planning & Urban Design, Vision 2012

All Squared Away

22squared’s new office makes a pitch for the ad agency’s creative culture

Advertising, Brand, Communication, Creative, Media, Professional Services Firms 2012

Destination Airports

A new generation of terminals elevates the travel experience

Aviation & Transportation, Business, DEN, DIA, Experience, Incheon, Jetblue, Leisure 2012

A New School for Jacmel

Taking a “little by little” approach to building Haiti’s future anew

Community, Life, School 2011

Now Boarding: A New Skylife

SFO's Terminal 2 ushers in air travel's sustainable, passenger-friendly era

Air, Aviation & Transportation, Brand Design, Experience, Passenger, Sustainable 2011

The London River Park

An award-winning plan to transform London’s experience of the Thames

City, Iconic, London, Park, Planning & Urban Design, Urban, Vision 2011

Values-Based Retail

A look at six savvy companies serving up the good values their customers seek

Brand, Brand Design, Community, Experience, Shop, Store 2011

Virtual Me, Virtual U

How schools are using technology to transform the halls of higher education

Brand Design, Collaborate, School, Social, Technology, University 2011

Virtual Me, Virtual U: Part II

How schools are using technology to transform the halls of higher education

Brand Design, Collaborate, School, Social, Technology, University 2011

Farmers Field

AEG selects Gensler to design proposed football stadium at L.A. LIVE

Center, Downtown, Entertainment, Plan, Planning & Urban Design, Sports, Stadium 2011

First Position

Houston Ballet’s new Center for Dance becomes nation’s largest dance facility

Art, Arts & Culture, Brand Design, Center, City, Life, Performance 2011