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Gensler Design Exchange
52 minutes | 14 days ago
Reimagining the Public Realm Through Public Space Activation and Stewardship
Public space has always been an integral part of human life. It supports the widest diversity of experiences and offers some of the best experiences overall, according to Gensler’s Experience Index research. From your local park, to the sidewalks on city streets, to the terraces and gardens provided by restaurants or retail centers, these spaces define our collective urban (and suburban) experiences. And after months of isolation from much of the outside world through the lockdown spurred by coronavirus, public space has been at the center of our social lives as a “safe” place to connect with others while social distancing. Now more than ever, these spaces are poised to become the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and cities. Today's guests will discuss how we might design cities that work for everyone and facilitate both organized and spontaneous connections between diverse people.
46 minutes | a month ago
Equity by Design: Redefining "Senior Living" | A Conversation with Stephanie Firestone, Esther Greenhouse, and Dr. Bill Thomas
Gensler’s firmwide senior living leader Tama Duffy Day interviews industry experts on essential principles to consider as we look at the current moment as a unique opportunity for change. Stephanie Firestone is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health & Age-Friendly Communities at AARP International; Dr. Bill Thomas is a geriatrician, industry trailblazer, and Independence Officer at Lifesprk; and Esther Greenhouse is a built environment strategist, environmental gerontologist, and a Strategic Director at the TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence. These three guests are collaborators on AARP International’s important Equity by Design webinar series dedicated to exploring different aspects of the active aging conversation. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
44 minutes | a month ago
The Value of Authenticity in Design | A Conversation with Ken Baker, John Edelman, and Beth Dickstein
In a world of 7.6 billion people and counting, there’s bound to be repetition somewhere, right? In today’s post-modern age, it’s hard to ignore the omnipresence of content and product surrounding us. A simple scroll through social media might unveil a common pattern of rehashed content. But even in our increasingly oversaturated world, there are breaks in this repetition — our champions of innovation who advance ‘originality’ in the design of our products, spaces, and experiences. In today’s episode, we discuss this very idea. How do we protect innovation as an industry and promote diverse thinking and creativity in an age where we’re constantly inundated with information?
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Design Inspiration in a Digital World: A Conversation with Design Director Nestor Santa-Cruz
As designers, the pandemic has challenged us to rise to the occasion and create better opportunities for interconnectivity in our future world. Without our physical studios, materials libraries, and in-person teams, our design processes shifted and our sources of inspiration have evolved. Today we’re inviting Gensler DC Design Director Nestor Santa-Cruz back to the podcast to explore how his work process has changed since March and offer insights on how to stay plugged in to find design inspiration even among these challenging times. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Re-release: DESIGN BREAK - 3 Simple Meditations with Grace Ogden & Gregory Plavcan
At this critical inflection point in our history, it's important to reflect and recharge in order to preserve not just our individual wellbeing, but also our ability to return to designing the future of our cities with our best foot forward. As we continue to dream up innovative, purpose-built spaces both public and private, how can we be more mindful, intentional, and impactful? Insights & tips from Gensler's Gregory Plavcan & George Washington University's Grace Ogden. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Embracing Multiculturalism: A session with Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA
This week, we’re excited to share with you a webinar we hosted recently with our Gensler staff focused on embracing multiculturalism in design — both in our design work and in our industry. The conversation, moderated by Gensler Principal & Global Director of Design, Jordan Goldstein, featured special guest Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA, Design Director & Principal of Michael Marshall Design, whose highly-acclaimed work has won countless industry awards and now been featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Re-Release: HOW TO Design Sustainability into Your Daily Life | With Benjamin Holsinger, Liz Resenic & Gregory Plavcan of Gensler
Are you confused by the Trash/Recycle/Compost bins at health food stores? Are you seeking simple ways to be less wasteful at work — or is your company interested in learning about how to establish some greener, more mindful operations in the workplace? You’ve come to the right place. Today’s episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast features Benjamin Holsinger, a leader in Sustainability & Wellbeing Consulting at Gensler, joined by fellow sustainability teammates Liz Resenic and Gregory Plavcan, to share tips on how you can design sustainable practices into your daily life. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
49 minutes | 5 months ago
An Architecture of Optimism in a Post-Pandemic Society: Jordan Goldstein @ UPenn
This week on the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler’s Jordan Goldstein speaks with the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, moderated by Sarah Rottenberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor & Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Fireside Chat with Cheryl Durst, IIDA: Diversity & Design in 2020 and Beyond
Gensler Principal & Global Design Management Leader Jim Williamson interviews IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Executive Vice President & CEO Cheryl Durst to discuss diversity and design in a post-pandemic world. Together they share advice for aspiring designers, thoughts on the future of design, and best practices to foster the next generation of designers to be more inclusive and diverse. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
39 minutes | 6 months ago
Digital Meets Physical: A Paradigm Shift In Higher Education
Today, our host Brandon Larcom sits down with Gensler experts Chuck Rudalavage, Regional Practice Area Leader for Higher Education, and Emily Fridman, Regional Director for Digital Experience Design, to explore the paradigm shift in the learning experience happening now across the globe. With Chuck's expertise in the physical design of learning facilities and Emily's experience creating meaningful experiences through digital solutions, we break down silos to discuss how educational institutions might embrace both a digital and physical future to offer students a comprehensive and impactful learning experience in a post-COVID world.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
What We Can Learn From Working From Home: The Post-COVID Workplace
Today’s special episode is a recording of a webinar we participated in in early April, hosted by our retail real estate owner, operator, and developer friends at EDENS. In this webinar, you’ll hear from Norma Morales Perez, Senior Vice President of Brand & Culture at EDENS, and Gensler workplace experts Janet Pogue McLaurin, Workplace Leader and Principal, and Cheryl Duvall, Consulting Practice Area Leader and Associate. Janet and Cheryl discuss how effective remote work environments can spur innovation and create new ways of connecting that may reshape the physical workspace when we return to our offices. They share best practices on how to create great workplaces at home based on their experience designing corporate offices. Cheryl and Janet also explore how we might think about the workplace in new ways after we re-emerge from our distributed locations.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Earth Week 2020: How Cities Can Design For Rising Tides
Today, in honor of Earth Week, you’ll hear from Gensler Miami architect and sea level rise expert Ana Benatuil in a fascinating interview with Marilys Nepomechie — Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Architecture in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University — and Katherine Hagemann — Resilience Program Manager at Miami-Dade County — to discuss strategies coastal cities can consider adopting to combat the challenges of sea level rise. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
41 minutes | 8 months ago
How Pop-ups Offer Continued Inspiration for Today's Retailers
It’s no secret that retail has experienced a tumultuous time, and as cities continue to grow and face new challenges, retailers now more than ever are adapting to today’s demands. In today’s episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, Kathleen Jordan, co-studio director and resident retail expert at Gensler, owner and chief retail strategist Charlotte, sits down with Jordan Dollard of Esther & Elsa, to understand what the evolution of retail will bring and speculate what the next-generation shopping experience will look like.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
From Trendy to Timeless: A Conversation on Style with Nestor Santa-Cruz
In today’s episode, our host Brandon Larcom sits down with internationally recognized Gensler D.C. Design Director Nestor Santa-Cruz. With more than 20 years of corporate interiors experience, Nestor is noted for his award-winning designs, which have been published in Interior Design, Contract Design, Elle Décor, Architectural Record, and The Washington Post. Nestor has earned a reputation as a trendsetter whose designs appeal to a diverse and international audience. With his innate architectural style sensibility and expansive knowledge of design history, Nestor serves a wide variety of law, financial, government, association, hospitality, and residential clients to design projects of all scales. His designs have a long-lasting effect, marrying both modern and traditional styles, so the resulting space looks great, but also represents the client’s culture and mission authentically, organically, and “dateless-ly” — evoking an ongoing sense of belonging for all users. SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/genslerpod
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 3: CULTURA
In today’s episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we sit down with EDENS CEO Jodie McLean, El Cielo Hospitality Group Owner and Chef JuanMa Barrientos, and Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Francisco Santos Calderón, to discuss La Cosecha’s cultural impact, authenticity, and significance in the nation’s capital. SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/genslerpod
47 minutes | 9 months ago
The Future of Work is Flexible & Amenity-Rich: Signal House Offers a New Lease on Work-Life
Washington D.C. has experienced great transformation over the past decade. Ten years ago, neighborhoods such as Shaw, the Yards, Union Market, and the Wharf looked vastly different, if they existed at all. Now, these neighborhoods are among the most sought-after zip codes in the city. In today’s episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, Francisco Gonzalez, Gensler D.C. Office Director, sits down with Jeff Barber, Firmwide Design Experience Leader at Gensler, Oliver Carr, CEO of Carr Properties, and Austen Holderness, Chief Development Officer at Carr Properties, to discuss one of D.C.’s most exciting projects in the Union Market neighborhood — Signal House.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
Bus Transformation: How Cities are Grooming the"Workhorse" of Public Transportation for the Future
In today’s episode of the podcast, Gensler’s Transportation & Infrastructure Practice Area Leader David Zaidain speaks with experts from the District Department of Transportation & the Greater Washington Partnership to investigate how D.C. is learning from cities across the country, like Richmond and Seattle, to modernize its bus system and make it a modern mode of public transportation optimized for the future. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
28 minutes | 10 months ago
Psycho-oncology: An intersection of design, medicine & the mind in healing
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most stress inducing events in a person’s life. That’s why researchers at the Aquilino Cancer Center are investigating new methods of oncology that will treat not only the physical symptoms of disease, but the psychological aspects as well. Paired with design experts Chris Baer and Gensler’s Tama Duffy Day, research oncologists like Dr. Manish Agrawal now have a flexible, “Swiss army knife” of a learning space and testing environment, where clinical trials of MDMA and psilocybin therapy can lead to optimal results and care for cancer patients. On today’s episode of the podcast, we’ll discuss the science of psycho-oncology and how healing is at the apex of medicine, design, and the mind.
37 minutes | a year ago
Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 2: Arte
Today, we're peeling back the next layer of La Cosecha's Mercado (market), Arte (art), and Cultura (culture) principles to discuss how the space's mindfully curated design and art selection establishes a cultural touchpoint authentically representative of today's Latin America. Our host, Gensler's Brandon Larcom, returns to La Cosecha's Estudio to talk with EDENS Managing Director Bill Caldwell, IBD Mural Artist Mariela Ajras, and Gensler Design Director Walter Trujillo about how the collaboration of EDENS, Gensler, and local artists and designers culminated in an eclectic celebration of Latin American arte.
44 minutes | a year ago
DESIGN BREAK: 3 Simple Meditations with Grace Ogden & Gregory Plavcan
Hot off the heels of this year's Wellbeing Week, we'd like to share with you a few tips we learned from Grace Ogden, a mindfulness meditation teacher with the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, who led our staff through three simple meditations to manage stress. Leading the conversation is Gregory Plavcan, sustainability specialist and Wellbeing Week champion here at Gensler. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
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