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Thursday
Sep012016

Planit's New Office: Storytelling Through Physical Space

Image © Michael Moran

Daring storytellers often seek new vehicles for their high-wire narrative feats. Such is the case with Planit, a group of energetic digital storytellers who turned to physical space to help tell their own story. Baltimore-born and unflinchingly colorful, this award-winning communications, marketing and interactive ad agency had been encased in a sleek Class-A office building fronting the city’s Inner Harbor. But Planit is not a sleek Class-A office space kind of company. Planit is a company in which the founders give employees skateboard decks as gifts and staff members continuously find new uses for the company pool table. Corporate they are not.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Show Me the Meaning! Designing the Not-for-Profit Workplace.

Purchased at a local home improvement store, the staff mailboxes at Habitat for Humanity’s Twin Cities headquarters are evocative of the organization’s commitment to improving lives through residential housing. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.

As part of a blog series exploring Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys, this post examines findings specific to the Not-for-Profit sector, and how high performance workplaces support how—and why—people work.

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Friday
Aug192016

Sustainability, Culture and Innovation in the Workplace

Image © Gensler

How can organizations reduce waste to make our world a better place? How can a growing company scale culture effectively? Can your office make you more innovative? Gensler has submitted the following panels to the workplace track for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017, and we need your votes to get these panels on the lineup. Read, click, register, thumbs up. It’s that easy!

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Tuesday
Aug022016

Tech Trends of 2016: 3D Printing

Image © Gensler

Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

Freedom to Customize

The 3D printing revolution is well underway. According to a recent Forbes article, Siemens predicts that 3D printing will become 50% cheaper and up to 400% faster in the next five years. The advantages to 3D printing (lower costs, speed, and customization) will impact tech workspaces on both a small and large scale – from the building itself to everything that goes in it (desks, chairs, light fixtures, etc). With the recent completion of the world’s first 3D printed office in Dubai–designed by Gensler–it’s inevitable that, in the near future, we will be designing our client’s 3D printed spaces with 3D printed furnishings and fixtures. Designers will need to tap into their inner “maker” to collaborate on ideas, experiment with different materials, and systematically think through designs and how the pieces fit together.

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Thursday
Jul282016

An Inconvenient Truth for the UK Workplace? 

UBM’s London offices provides balanced spaces that offer concentration, collaboration and socialisation. Image © Dave Parker.

They say timing is everything. Our 2016 UK Workplace Survey (WPS) launched against a backdrop of huge political turmoil in the wake of the EU referendum. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union after 43 years – the so called ‘Brexit’ – polarised the nation, and the press exposed the uncomfortable, but obvious differences between the privileged vs. the less privileged, metropolitan vs. rural dwellers, young vs. old, educated vs. less educated.

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