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Monday
Mar302015

Millennials Define the Creative Workspace

Facebook's new headquarters in Palo Alto exemplifies a workplace designed to harness Millennials' creativity. Image © Jasper Sanidad

In a recent article published in the Viewpoints, a publication of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, I argue that the current workspace is no longer ruled by a certain type of company or by the desire to set-up shop at a particular location. Instead the Millennial generation is predominantly shaping how we work and how companies interact with their employees.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Work Hard, Play Hard Under One Roof

Image © Gensler

“The fitness center has been thoughtfully designed with everything Symantec was looking for: energy, fun, sophistication, modernity, hospitality, state of the art equipment and technology and inspiration.” - Becky Locke-Laden, Workplace Innovation & Program Development, Symantec

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Retooling How Law Firms Work

Brach Eichler LLC. Image © Chris Leonard

As work becomes more collaborative and firms recognize the importance of presenting a cohesive and dynamic brand to clients and potential clients, the behemoths of the legal industry have taken it upon themselves to hire design firms from large markets to retool their workspaces.

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Monday
Mar162015

Branding and the Open Plan Workplace 

A wall graphic at Hachette's new New York office. Image © Gensler

Hachette Book Group recently moved its New York office into an open-plan workspace, breaking with the publishing industry’s longstanding tradition of keeping a publisher’s individual imprints sequestered by physical boundaries like private offices and designated meeting spaces. Not surprisingly, the transition was met with trepidation. Employees expressed concern that Hachette’s divisions—from Little, Brown and Company to Grand Central Publishing—would not be able to maintain their autonomy within an open-plan workspace. Closed-office plans provide departments with spaces to call their own; open-office plans do not. With all employees stuck in a single unified space, would it be possible for Hachette’s unique imprints and brands to retain their individuality?

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Friday
Mar132015

3D Printing at SxSW Robot Petting Zoo

Image © Gensler

Mobile 3D Printing is a research project out of Gensler Los Angeles to create a proof of concept prototype 3D printer that can generate objects of any size and in remote locations. The product of this research has been named MUPPette, for Mobile Unmanned Printing Platform. The –ette suffix designates it as a small version of a scalable vehicle.

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