Scientific research is increasingly focusing on data collection and analytical analysis of that data, meaning the "lab of the future" will more closely resemble contemporary tech spaces. Image © Gensler
In recent years, the scientific community and affiliated professions have toyed with the idea of creating a “lab of the future.” Vendors, research organizations, and engineering and design firms have all begun to explore how contemporary scientists work within research environments and how the physical layout of labs can better support their endeavors. This process has been driven by a desire to foster more effective collaboration among scientists, increase the number of new ideas entering the pipeline, and allow for more flexibility over the life cycle of a research facility.
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Do you remember a time when workplace computers were rarely used pieces of equipment housed in dedicated rooms that no one ever entered? I don't, but, if I wanted to, I could just watch a YouTube clip from that era to better understand the time when workers spent their days unplugged. Over the last two-and-a-half decades, the proliferation of technology in the workplace has increased at an unprecedented rate. You need only walk into any workplace project we've recently designed to see computer screens at every desk. And most of them are supplemented with a tablet and/or smartphone.
I’m sure that few of you missed the headlines suggesting that sitting is the new smoking and that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to such ill-effects as diabetes and heart disease. Reaching your full potential at work involves more than just staving off illness; it’s about being fully healthy. Well-thought out holistic and physical changes can help workers achieve full health. They can eradicate the scourge of sitting currently plaguing workplaces and lead to healthy habits that improve energy, focus, mood, and performance in the workplace.
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I remember my first brush with politics like it was yesterday. I was in third grade, and there was a nasty rumor going around that then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton wanted to get rid of Nickelodeon. Like any other 8 year-old I couldn’t fathom a president treading on my freedom to watch “The Rugrats” after school each day. That was a power only my parents had, and I didn’t want a governor from Arkansas changing the status quo.