ByDesign’s Jong Kim published an article in Gensler’s Research & Insights about Local Ideals for the Future of Cities. 1520 and Fil-trat both address key issues, not only in Houston, but other cities around the world. Read the article for more information. While there, feel free to explore more Gensler Insights.
After attending the ByDesign Night in March, Natalie Harms, with Innovation Map wrote an article covering the event. Several projects were featured included skyscrapers, adaptations of the Allen’s Landing, and a bench installation for 8th Wonder Brewery.
On March 26, guests congregated in the Gensler Houston office to witness the projects designed by our office’s young talent. After open mingling, teams presented the Fil-Trat tower, The Brutus charrette, 1520 Urban Farming & the PushOver Bench. Afterwards, clients, consultants, and Gensler employees walked around to witness posters of other works, while having open discussions about the Designed Environment in Houston. Join us next time for some more bites, beverages and discussions on the power of design.
ByDesign took over 8th Wonder Brewery on June 22 with four benches designed and built by our very own groups. Each team spent time revising designs, testing build methods, and finally installing the benches for public use. Design/Build studies like this bring instant satisfaction to the creative minds who get a chance to see the public interact with their work, and bring new life to a space. The creative seating has remained in the 8th Wonder beer garden where it remain for the coming months.
Houstonia Magazines writer Dianna Wray featured Jordan Gomez in their article about the Hyperloop coming to Texas. Jordan was interviewed regarding his Loop 720 design for a hyperloop transit hub in the heart of downtown. The article brings up many of the advantages the hyperloop could bring to Texas, including resolving the growing traffic. Hopefully we will see a version of this come to reality.
ByDesign hits up Marfa!
In November, our young designers took a road trip out to Marfa, TX. The small town has become a hub for arts and culture kicked off by Donald Judd in the 1970's. Since then, its grown to host several art foundations and galleries. While there we visited many galleries, including the Chinati Foundation, which hosts works from Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin and many more.
Everyone stayed at El Cosmico, a popular location offering accommodations of tepees, safari tents, air-stream trailers and more. Other adventures included dining in the local beer gardens, Planet Marfa, which lives up to the Marfa Vibe, seeing the Marfa Lights, and otherwise exploring the town. To anyone who hasn't had the chance, we'd highly recommend making the trip out to Marfa, Texas.
As architects and creators we need to refuel our passions and fall in love again with design. Leave behind your computers, trace papers, and scales and run away to Marfa. Experience the beauty of the world with all your senses. Take a break, get inspired, and find a new perspective on life.
The By Design group is at it again and will be joining the eVolo Skyscraper Competition! This is the 12th year of the competition and has proven to become a great accomplishment for all who participate.
The competition wants participants to strive for innovative design that impacts social issues, resiliency, and increased populations just to name a few.
Design was in the spotlight last week at the 2017 Gensler Principals’ Meeting in San Diego, when the firm announced the 2017 Gensler Design Excellence Awards. The panel of judges recognized our best projects, celebrating the innovative work that makes a difference for our clients every day.
The ByDesign group was award the 2017 Social Impact Award. The jury body included Andrea Zamboni, Becky Locke-Laden, Dennis Cruzan, Gary Dollens, Melody Lee, Michael Bell, Hsinming Fung (FAIA), Mitchell Schear, and Susan Lyons.
On March 30th, Tiger Lyon and Angela Palmer were featured as "Houston's Next Gen Designers" on the Houston Matters segment of Houston Public Media radio 88.7 FM. They were invited to discuss their perspectives and proposals for the Pierce Elevated and downtown tunnel entrance. Join us by listening on radio at 88.7 FM, or online at Houstonpublicradio.org. (If you missed the segment, you can see the article and listen to the interview here.)
BISNOW weighed in on Gensler Houston's By Design night on March 8th. They were in attendance with several other members of the public and press to participate in the discussion about the future of Houston, as well as our role as citizens and designers in shaping that future.
The Gensler Houston office once again hosted a By Design night to showcase the work of it's talented designers as they explored various projects around Houston over the past year. In addition to the design showcase, guests enjoyed exploring virtual reality with our HTC Vive.
Guests included various clients, consultants, and press from around Houston to listen and discuss big ideas for the future of our city. Some of the topics included revitalizing lower Westheimer, how to re-purpose vacant office spaces, and a proposed transit hub on the edge of downtown.
This discussion is a step towards asking ourselves what are the future possibilities for Houston. How will the issues our city faces today influence the Houston of tomorrow? And finally, what are our roles as citizens, developers, and designers to help shape that future?
Starting off 2017, By Design has chosen to compete for the Hyde Park Library, organized by archasm. The competition will challenge our designers to envision a new public library for Hyde Park in London. What does the library of the 21st century look like? How can it encourage a culture of reading, and remain flexible for a new digital age? These are some of the questions our designers will answer in the next few months.
By Design presented at Intersections 2016, hosted by Houston Tomorrow. The conference brings together people of various backgrounds including architects, engineers, environmental experts, planners, real estate developers, educators, government officials, health professionals and tech professionals. Among other topics, our designers presented their solutions and proposals for re purposing vacant offices, a public entrance and plaza for the downtown tunnels, an iconic transit hub for the Hyperloop, redeveloping Pierce Elevated, as well as a plan for the future of lower Westheimer.
The Houston Chronicle covered Gensler Houston's By Design event on January 20, 2016 on both its website and the Sunday Business section of the newspaper. The public and press were invited to the event where young designers presented their ideas to discuss new, innovative ways of thinking about Houston's urban landscape.
On January 20th 2016, Gensler Houston held an event called By Design, where some of it's young talented designers presented their ideas related to Houston and its urban landscape.
Ideas ranged from the repurposing old silos along the Bayou, a mixed use development along Buffalo Bayou Park, a skyscraper that collects rainwater, modular homes retrofitted into the shell of an old hotel core and shell and a working model of downtown Houston.
These and many more projects were shared with the public and press in the hopes of inspiring the minds of Houstonians as to the possibilities that exist in this unique city.