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Re-tooling the Suburban Office Building

Center 78 in Warren, New Jersey. Image © Gensler

I once read that over 80 percent of the office buildings in New Jersey were built in the 1980s. As an 80’s baby myself, I realize that puts a large amount of the places where we work at my age: pushing 30 and feeling the effects of accrued wear and tear.

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Project Spotlight: One World Place

One World Place will open its doors to tenants in January 2015. Image © Gensler

One World Place is Daiichi Properties & Development’s latest Class A office building in Fort Bonifacio, an unincorporated area of Metro Manila. Designed by Gensler, the building is currently in the final phase of construction and will open its doors to tenants in January of 2015. This exciting development coincides with the continued growth of the Philippines economy, which is currently the largest in southeast Asia and is projected to become the twelfth largest in the world. Fort Bonifacio exemplifies the explosive growth taking place across the Philippines; construction cranes dot the city’s skylines as commercial office buildings spring up throughout the metropolis.

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Improving Commercial Office Space Through Placemaking

Office spaces that engage employees by creating unique experiences create value and function as a strategic business asset rather than just a workspace. Picture: Airbnb’s headquarters, designed by Gensler. Image © Jasper Sanidad

This post also appears on Convene's blog.

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Turning the Page: Publishers Embrace Open Workspaces and Define a New Era

Image © Hachette New York (C) Kevin Chu + Jessica Paul LLC.

It’s no secret that publishing is undergoing a transition of a magnitude not seen since the days of Guttenberg. Technological upheaval caused by the rise of digital media has impacted the publishing business in profound ways. And this has forced publishing companies to dramatically modify their daily routines. Today, cross-functional teams, impromptu meetings, and lively strategy sessions are part of the daily routine, along with the quiet contemplative work style this industry has previously been known for.

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Boosting STEM Education with Gaming (and Design)

At the Playmaker School in Santa Monica, Calif., design complements the use of video games and other creative approaches to learning STEM. Image © Ryan Gobuty.

The chorus of voices championing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education grows louder by the day. And rightly so. Of the 34 countries that took the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, the U.S. placed 21st in science and 26th in math. Not the kind of results we’ve come to expect from our students.

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