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Work Detail In an interview conducted at COP28 in Dubai, Andy Cohen held forth on Genslers global impact, reshaping cities with net zero buildings and 20-minute cities for a climate-resilient future and the significance of events like COP and why they matter. Guided by the profound belief that design has the power to shape a better world, Gensler, the world’s largest architectural firm, is leading the industry charge towards a sustainable and climate-resilient future. “We impact the lives of millions worldwide, influencing how people live, work, and play on a daily basis,” the company’s Co-Chair Andy Cohen told Zawya Projects during an interview on the sidelines of COP28 in Dubai. “As designers and urban planners, fighting climate change is a moral and business imperative of our lifetime,” he underlined. Operating across 55 offices globally with a workforce of 6,000 employees Gensler regards itself as a force for positive change. “We work with 6,000 clients a year, over a billion square feet of projects. Last year, we worked on projects in over 100 countries,” Cohen said. He pointed out that buildings are at the core of net zero transition since they account for 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. “Climate change is a priority for us because buildings can make a difference in the world,” he said. To address this challenge, Gensler launched the Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3), foreseeing a future where 70 percent of the worlds population resides in cities by 2050. GC3 aims to help Gensler’s clients reach their carbon targets and the company’s goal of making every building in its portfolio net zero carbon. “As the worlds leading design firm, its our responsibility to design net zero projects that give more energy than they take from the grid. By 2030, all Gensler buildings will be net zero or net positive,” said Cohen. Genslers commitment extends to global research, exemplified by the recent Gensler City Pulse of Future of the Central Business District (CBD) study across 53 major cities worldwide to understand the current state of downtowns that were hit hard by the pandemic. Cohen said: “According to the survey, in addition to resilience and sustainability, people want safety and security in their cities. They want to ensure that the designs of their cities are beautiful and have cultural heritage. The second thing they want is jobs and employment. And the third, which is really important, is affordability. So were coming up with concepts that combine all these elements.” This is exemplified by Gensler’s groundbreaking concept of the 20-minute city, where everything from housing to groceries to retail to restaurants is located within a walkable environment. The concept emerged in response to the challenges people faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cohen explained: “In bigger cities like Dubai or New York or Los Angeles, you might have multiple 20 minute cities, but the idea that you can walk to every amenity that you need and feel the emotional connection of being in your own city or town square or neighbourhood that is diverse and inclusive is really important.”
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Entry Date 03 Jan 2024

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