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Thursday
Jan222015

Chance Encounters: The Winning Ticket to the Innovation Lottery? 

“Know your odds before placing an innovation bet. Image © Macaulay Campbell

Every organization seeks innovation in order to differentiate its products and services. But how do you engender more innovation?

One secret to more innovation, at least according to popular press articles and a number of blog musings, is "chance encounters." Chance encounters are those occasions when people who have no scripted reason to be with one another--they may not even know one another--nevertheless find themselves together and end up serendipitously co-creating the Next Big Thing.

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Monday
Jan192015

Identity Crisis

When banks adopt environments more akin to technology companies, is this a culture shift? Image © Chad Ziemendorf

We’re seeing an interesting trend among our banking and financial services clients: many think of themselves as tech companies and are increasingly requesting creative and innovate office space reflecting this sense of identity. They are swapping more traditional offices for open-plan workspaces that are more commonly associated with Silicon Valley in order to foster more interaction and collaboration among staff members. Although some banks do have aspects of their businesses that are actually “tech” companies, the desire of banks to do just this raises interesting questions about workspaces and the need to align a company’s workspace and culture.

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Re-tooling the Suburban Office Building

Center 78 in Warren, New Jersey. Image © Gensler

I once read that over 80 percent of the office buildings in New Jersey were built in the 1980s. As an 80’s baby myself, I realize that puts a large amount of the places where we work at my age: pushing 30 and feeling the effects of accrued wear and tear.

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Wednesday
Dec032014

Project Spotlight: One World Place

One World Place will open its doors to tenants in January 2015. Image © Gensler

One World Place is Daiichi Properties & Development’s latest Class A office building in Fort Bonifacio, an unincorporated area of Metro Manila. Designed by Gensler, the building is currently in the final phase of construction and will open its doors to tenants in January of 2015. This exciting development coincides with the continued growth of the Philippines economy, which is currently the largest in southeast Asia and is projected to become the twelfth largest in the world. Fort Bonifacio exemplifies the explosive growth taking place across the Philippines; construction cranes dot the city’s skylines as commercial office buildings spring up throughout the metropolis.

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Thursday
Nov202014

Improving Commercial Office Space Through Placemaking

Office spaces that engage employees by creating unique experiences create value and function as a strategic business asset rather than just a workspace. Picture: Airbnb’s headquarters, designed by Gensler. Image © Jasper Sanidad

This post also appears on Convene's blog.

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