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Wednesday
Jul022014

Customizing a Mixed-Use Building in Real Time: The Finance Centre Tower 

A rendering of the Finance Centre Tower. Image © Gensler

The Finance Centre Tower is Daiichi Properties’ latest addition to the Fort Bonifacio Global City Skyline. Fort Bonifacio Global City is the emerging central business district in the Philippines capital of Manila. It is representative of the accelerated economic growth of the Philippines, which is currently the second strongest in the Asia after China’s. This growth has stemmed from the country’s burgeoning service sector, which is generating an increased number of jobs and growing the demand for commercial and office real estate. Because places like Fort Bonifacio need more commercial office buildings, the property market in Bonifacio Global City has been significantly bolstered in recent years.

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Monday
Jun092014

10 Key Design Interventions for a Healthier, Happier and More Productive Workplace

Nokia's Sunnyvale Campus. Image © Nic Lehoux

In case you haven’t noticed, health and wellness has quietly become a consequential issue within the business community. Businesses and organizations are preoccupied with making sure their employees are as healthy and happy as can be, and they are willing to invest significant amounts of money to achieve these ends.

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Thursday
Jun052014

Happiness (Or is it really purpose?) at Work

Happy workers are more productive workers. Image © Gensler

One of the challenges facing design firms today is finding ways to create workplaces that people want to work in. Too many workers are unhappy with their place of work, as pointed out in a recent New York Times op-ed by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath. As the article notes, upwards of 70% of U.S. workers are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces.” Reversing this trend could boost productivity—happy workers tend to be more engaged at work.

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Monday
Jun022014

Re-Designing Law for an Uncertain Future

Is this what a legal office of the future could look like? Image © Gensler

As one of the leaders of the law firm practice here at Gensler, I spend a lot of time considering the future of law, and what how law firm design can and should support the way firms and legal industry professionals will work five, 10, even 20 years from now. Given that the industry is undergoing profound changes with new business pressures pushing in from all sides, it is challenging to plan for a future that is largely unwritten. For a quick primer on the business drivers impacting the legal industry today, check this out.

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Tuesday
May132014

How Big is My Building

Gensler’s new BOMA standard identification tool

In 1915 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International introduced a building measurement standard that became the most prominently used standard of its kind in the United States and many other countries. This first standard was initially intended to measure only office buildings, specifically office space. However, this made it difficult to apply to buildings with specific use types such as industrial, residential, warehouse, and parking structures. BOMA recognized that an expanded definition was necessary to accommodate these scenarios and more. In 2000 BOMA responded to these needs by embarking on a long-term objective to expand on their building measurement standards.

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