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Entries in 2016 Workplace Surveys (21)

Thursday
Dec082016

A Federal Workplace with Heart and Soul 

Government tenant, Washington, D.C. region. Image © Connie Zhou.

The wave of Modernist and Brutalist government office buildings that arose in the 1960s and 70s left a lasting impression on the American architectural landscape. At their best, these structures aspire to lofty heights. See, for example, the Chicago Federal Center. But occasionally, those aspirations for landmark civic architecture were curtailed by fiscal realities, a need for expediency, or the desire to achieve a level of standardization.

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Friday
Dec022016

Discovering the Power of Words

Just as words have the power to convey a message, the design of a given space does, too.

I have always been a great fan of words and the power they can contain, the subtlety and nuance between two synonyms and the meanings either one can connote. I love how particular combinations of words can express a particular emotion, unfold a particular narrative or reveal a hidden secret.

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Wednesday
Nov232016

The Importance of ‘Place’ in the Workplace: An Evolution

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

A sense of place is a long-standing concept. At a grand scale, this has manifest in walled cities and specific architectural traditions. This parallels rituals, traditional garb and dress, and regional cuisines in defining cultures. With the exception of a few very high-level executives, this desire to develop a sense of place seemed to have been lost at the end of the last century in corporate culture. Recently however, we’ve seen a shift: more, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place in the office environment for all of their employees.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Shared Services Finds a Home in Latin America

Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

As globalization takes on new meaning, once isolated markets are now part of a global and expanding marketplace. Many global companies have invested in Latin America strategically as a hub for their Shared Service Centers, which have proven to optimize administrative functions in a more cost effective way.

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Tuesday
Nov152016

Unlocking Innovation in the Government Workplace 

Mecklenburg County Land Use Environmental Service Agency, Charlotte, NC, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey identified elements of workplace design that foster innovation. Digging into the data, Gensler researchers were able to determine which industry sectors have workplace designs that most foster innovation and which have workplaces that inhibit it.

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