Wednesday
Aug172016

2016 Design Forecast LIVE: The Future of Cities

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The city is the main arena of future change, Andy Cohen told participants in Design Forecast LIVE event on June 25th. The Gensler Co-CEO made his case by citing the world’s growing urbanization—6.3 billion city dwellers by 2050, up 62% from today. A range of factors challenge the human community, he added, and cities will have a huge influence on our ability to resolve pressing issues like urbanization and climate change. They also serve as innovation engines, attracting and supporting talent and invention. Gensler’s Bill Hooper noted that these issues often have to be solved at a mega-scale. The challenge, he added, is to maintain the human scale that community requires.

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Friday
Jul012016

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 DesignForecastLIVE—to bring our clients together, to hear their thoughts and to co-create the future with them.

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Wednesday
May182016

Suburbia 2.0: Embracing the Uburb. 

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Data has a way of ruthlessly illuminating reality. Take the most recent Census Bureau numbers, which shed light on America’s internal migration patterns. Despite the never-ending and fervent parade of media stories about American metropolises swelling while their suburbs hollow out and become home to roving packs of feral pigs, the data indicates that suburbia, after momentarily falling behind urban America in growth, is once again expanding faster than our big cities. It seems that the current view of 21st century American settlement needs a bit of revision.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Instability Spurs an Industry Shift 

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A quick glance at humankind’s rich canon of fevered doomsday scenarios reveals tremendous insights about the time in which each entry was penned. From the many flood myths of the ancient world, in which misunderstood natural forces were rendered as manifestations of supernatural urges, to the dystopian sci-fi novels of modern masters like J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick, in which environmental degradation and advanced technologies speed the decay of global society, these apocalyptic writings express the specific anxieties of their respective eras. They are projections of a collective psychological state more so than they are predictors of the future.

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Thursday
Mar032016

World Affairs, Designing for Community: The Physics of Balance

The slums of Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Flickr user liquidcrash.

One of the world’s largest slums (located in Mumbai and the basis for the movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”) is adjacent to that megacity’s international airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji Mumbai International Airport.

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