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Friday
Apr082016

Project Spotlight: The Washington Post Reimagines News Media  

The Washington Post's new newsroom. Image © Garrett Rowland

With its click-clacking typewriters and fog of cigarette smoke, the newsroom depicted in All the President’s Men, the Oscar nominated film about The Washington Post’s reporting on the Watergate scandal, hardly seems like the early ancestor of the Post’s current workplace. Yet it was. And the evolution from that Post newsroom to the current version—complete with wafer-thin AV screens, HD video cameras, and an elegant modernity—hinged on what is known as the convergence.

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Friday
Mar182016

Do I Really Need My Office? 

Image © Bethany Legg

As the debate over next generation legal offices carries on, we are seeing an acceptance of open plan settings amongst fee earners at a number of U.K.-headquartered law firms. This slow yet growing trend is still far from the norm when it comes to legal office design, and it may always pale in comparison to the percentage of firms who oppose a cellular occupation.

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Monday
Mar072016

Why Corporate Bathrooms Stink and How Good Design Can Fix This

Bathrooms in hotels, restrooms and even airports tend to carry a touch of class that bathrooms in corporate offices so often lack. Pictured above: a ladies room in SFO Terminal 2. Image © Bruce Damonte.

When I started my career, I never thought I would spend so much time talking about corporate bathrooms. But the truth is people feel passionately about them. They might be the most underappreciated and most necessary spaces in the workplace. Everyone has to go there (no giggles please), and the experience usually falls somewhere between bland and horrifying. It’s no wonder that so many people I talk to on projects—from executive leaders to employees—bring up bathrooms as one of their top complaints.

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Thursday
Mar032016

How Technology Has Changed Workplace Design in the Financial Services Sector, Part 1

Every iteration of technology changes how people work. Image © Gensler

Recently, while discussing some tweaks to the layout of his own office, I was asked by an investment industry leader, “What’s changed in office designs?”

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Thursday
Jan212016

The Wellness Café: Paradigm Shifts in the Indian Corporate Dining Experience

Changing the design of corporate cafeterias can promote employee wellbeing. Image © Garrett Rowland

Having grown up listening to my mum’s controlled yoga counts of inhaling and exhaling while her children downed fruit and vegetable concoctions with regularity, the idea of “what is good for health” is a constant research question at home. In my house and the surrounding community, there’s a culture of sharing tips and recipes aimed at reducing cholesterol and promoting wellness: getting together for Yoga, furious early morning walks or even the laughing club is now seen as essential to leading a healthy lifestyle in India.

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