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Monday
Feb062017

Let’s Get Physical: Design Possibilities for the Digital Classroom

Motorola Mobility’s Chicago Headquarters fuses cutting-edge technology and workplace design to become a benchmark for the creative office. Image © Eric Laignel.

Last year, we ran a blog series on Reimagining Learning in which our team defined six learning behaviors—acquire, experience, collaborate, and reflect, master, and convey—and identified how physical space can support them. As companies are increasingly looking for people who can do things like communicate clearly, solve complex challenges, lead teams and define strategic direction, a growing number of learners are turning to any resource where they can learn these skills quickly, effectively and in sync with their busy lives. Thus far these skills have been taught in-person, but today many online resources are successfully teaching them in an entirely digital environment.

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Thursday
Feb022017

Built to Learn: How Design Can Enhance Education

Modern education is ripe for disruption. That theme arose early at the Gensler Dialogues roundtable, “How We Learn: Designing Environments That Respond to Human Behavior,” on January 19. With one student dropping out of high school every 26 minutes, current K-12 learning spaces aren’t working for those who depend on them.

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Wednesday
Feb012017

Growth, Millennials and the Multinodal City

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Driven by robust growth, New York’s Department of City Planning projected the city’s population to exceed 9 million by 2030. But, as we know, projections can be wrong, and those estimates are likely to be somewhat premature. As the population swells, so does the pressure put on the city to respond with infrastructure, transportation and housing.

Crain’s recently asked us how to minimize the impact of migration and population growth on current residents. Our response? We proposed building new land to upset urban land economics and repurposing underutilized infrastructure to increase connectivity and unlock an array of opportunities for residents.

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Friday
Jan272017

A Prescription for Happiness: The Importance of Wellness 

Over the years, our understanding of wellness has not been easy to define. Most of it still remains untapped, yet the term is used in everyday language with the belief that everyone knows what it means. The many dimensions of wellness have often been studied in silos, but in reality, so much can be learned from the experiences of others. What would happen if we sat a designer, doctor or a behaviourist in the same room? What would we learn about the importance of wellness?

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Wednesday
Jan252017

The Case for Space as Education Shifts the Frame 

The U.S. workforce has undergone a significant shift in recent years. People change jobs roughly every 4.2 years, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s predicted that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

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