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Wednesday
May182016

Introverts Rejoice! The Rise of the Fifth Work Mode

Cozy hideouts such as this one support an emerging work mode that's proving critical to helping workers recharge their batteries: Rejuvenate. Image © Garrett Rowland

When Gensler published the US and UK Workplace Research Studies in 2008, the findings helped quantify the power of people and place to drive profit in knowledge economy companies. The findings indicated that top-performing companies design workplaces capable of supporting all four work modes: Focus, Collaborate, Learn, and Socialize. They also found that knowledge workers are constantly shifting in and out of each of these work modes throughout the business day. Activity-based work settings, or the ability to select an environment that matches your work mode rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all approach, has now become a widely accepted tenet of workplace design.

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Monday
May162016

The Value of Designing Healthy Workplaces

The Tower at PNC Plaza uses a series of innovative glass panels to circulate a constant stream of fresh air, giving workspaces a healthy feel and eliminating environmental staleness. Image © Connie Zhou.

Most conversations about wellbeing dwell on exercise routines, dietary regimens, and stress busting tactics from more yoga to less caffeine. Only on the rarest of occasions will wellness advocates mention the role the built environment plays in engendering personal wellbeing. When they do, they tend to focus on how a person’s home can have a positive or negative impact on mental and physical vigor, depending on factors such as natural light saturation and whether or not the décor has achieved peak feng shui.

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Wednesday
May042016

Transform, Revitalize, Refresh

Tailored design interventions can position existing properties for long-term success.

Discussions about office buildings usually revolve around the businesses that will inhabit them. But at the root of these tenants is their human capital: the individuals that choose to work at these organizations. Employees today seek a connected work environment, one that offers proximity to a host of amenities, such as food, errands and even exercise.

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Thursday
Apr142016

Q&A With Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic

Chicago's skyline, like those in cities around the world, is about to be populated by more high rise buildings.

Design Director Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic recently spoke with GenslerOn about the ways vertical towers and mixed-use design are affecting urban development and why cities are the engines of lifestyle innovation for the 21st century. Zeljic was also featured in an article about hi-rise development that appeared in Architectural Products magazine.

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Friday
Apr082016

Project Spotlight: The Washington Post Reimagines News Media  

The Washington Post's new newsroom. Image © Garrett Rowland

With its click-clacking typewriters and fog of cigarette smoke, the newsroom depicted in All the President’s Men, the Oscar nominated film about The Washington Post’s reporting on the Watergate scandal, hardly seems like the early ancestor of the Post’s current workplace. Yet it was. And the evolution from that Post newsroom to the current version—complete with wafer-thin AV screens, HD video cameras, and an elegant modernity—hinged on what is known as the convergence.

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