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The Smart and the Beautiful: Dichotomies in Workplace Design (Part One)

DLA Piper’s Chicago office. Photo: Steve Hall © Hall+Merrick.

This is the first entry in a two-part series exploring how the design dichotomy of the smart and the beautiful plays out through the example of our Legal and Management Advisory clients.

When looking at the future of workplace design, the central challenge that confronts progressive organizations is one of continuous and transformational change. To stay ahead of change, the next intelligent workplace must move beyond collaborative environments towards providing a more immersive, tailored experience. For tomorrow's workplace, the prime differentiator will be realizing a firm’s cultural promise through the physical form and sequence of its space.

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Six Steps to Conquer Workplace Churn and Maintain Reliable Data

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If a constant shuffling of desks in your workplace seems like it’s become the new norm, you’re not alone. In 2017, clients of Gensler’s space and occupancy management platform, Wisp, experienced a 49 percent churn rate: half of all occupants moved desks at least once last year. That’s a lot of movement for facilities teams to keep up with. Whether it is due to space needs or efforts to improve performance, a by-product of churn is its impact on data integrity within workplace management systems.

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Red Bull Reenergizes a Warehouse Into Their Atlanta Workplace

Photography by Garrett Rowland, Image © Gensler

Southern charm and the high-octane world of Red Bull collide for an enthusiastic atmosphere in their new Atlanta office. The office enhances their employees’ experiences by celebrating its local dedication and passion to its Southern customers.

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The Open Office Isn’t Dead

Gensler San Diego. Photography by Ryan Gobuty

The workplace depends on many factors and when you have a well-designed space these pieces tend to fall far more easily into place.

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Behind the Whiteboard: Collaborative Spaces Set Teachers up for Classroom Success

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Teachers spend countless hours creating an environment for students to thrive in. Students are not the only ones who benefit from a supportive school culture. As lifelong learners, teachers need spaces to develop too. The teachers at Grant Avenue School in New York recognized this, but with 464 students and a busy schedule, there was little space for opportunities to learn from each other. Fortunately, there was 500 square feet of underutilized space in an old science storage room. The room was transformed from storing books and science equipment to become an active hub where colleagues share ideas and experiences.

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