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Wednesday
Jul312013

GSA Breaks the Mold of Government Workplace

GSA's headquarters at 1800 F Street NW. Image © Gensler

How do you create productive workspaces that foster innovation and allow for flexibility for the modern workforce?

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Monday
Jul222013

Gensler's 2013 Workplace Survey: Balance in Any Environment

22 Squared. Image © Michael Moran and Gensler

In our recently released 2013 Workplace Survey (WPS), we found that workplace effectiveness has dropped since 2008. As we release these findings, we’ve noticed that many people hear that and make an immediate and intuitive leap—they assume we mean open plan offices don’t work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, our research shows that effective work can happen in both open and closed environments when designed and managed correctly. Unfortunately, in the aggregate, our workplace data shows that doesn’t appear to be happening for many companies.

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Thursday
Jun272013

New Olson Headquarters Wins SEGD Merit Award

Image © Gensler

Gensler was recently honored with a Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Merit Award for designing the Minneapolis-based Olson headquarters. Although the SEGD receives more than 400 entries from around the world each year, only 22 projects received this award in 2013. Amy Barthel, a graphic designer and member of the design team, accepted the award at the SEGD conference in San Francisco on behalf of the Gensler team.

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Wednesday
Jun262013

Rebalancing the Workplace—A Preview of the 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey

Confidential Consulting Firm, New York, N.Y. Image © Gensler

Gensler has completed the new 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey, profiled recently in the media. As the most recent iteration of an ongoing investment in workplace research, the study examines the design factors that create an effective workplace; how design can better support knowledge worker engagement, satisfaction, and performance; and the influence of the workplace on organizational culture.

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Monday
Jun172013

Gensler’s New D.C. Office: Walls That Speak

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A mural probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions an office, but that doesn’t mean a mural can’t play a significant role in enhancing an office environment. A well-placed and carefully designed mural can dramatically impact the overall feel of a workplace, adding a unique aesthetic identifier and creating a sense of shared space.

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