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Friday
Nov072014

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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Wednesday
Oct292014

The End of Efficiency?

In a hyper-connected and social media oriented workplace, we may soon bear witness to a profound shift of emphasis away from the industry’s touchstone metrics of occupancy/vacancy/density and area per person to new metrics that chart effectiveness, satisfaction and wellbeing in the workplace. Image © Ryan Gobuty

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Tuesday
Sep302014

The American Dream in an Urbanized America

As Americans flock to cities in record numbers, debates over ownership versus experience people's personal domain versus their sphere of influence highlight how different generations perceive success and hint at what the future of the American Dream looks like. Image © Gensler

Why are American cities lagging behind their foreign counterparts in providing appealing work and lifestyle options, and will this trend jeopardize the future of the American Dream?

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Friday
Sep122014

Work in the City: Urban Diversification

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It is no secret that the global population is exploding, or that the majority of that growth is urban. Cities will inevitably have to accommodate populations that are not only larger but significantly more diverse. This diversity will be expressed across the board, from demographic and international migration patterns, to economic practices, evolving ideas about work and the workplace and the make-up of individual lives. Diversification is a defining feature of the world we live in. Cities are where diverse cultural and lifestyle strands mix, collide, and spur changes that affect many aspects of human life, including work.

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Monday
Sep082014

Project Spotlight: WAMU and the Future of Radio

Image © Alan Karchmer

People often forget that radio helped create the mass media saturated world in which we now live.

Before cable television streamed content 24/7 and the Internet gave us the power to maintain constant contact with friends and colleagues, it was radio frequencies that disseminated information and connected people separated by significant geographic boundaries. Today, radio is just one of many forms of mass media available, but it remains an indispensable component of everyday life (imagine driving in your car in utter silence). Yet radio is not immune to the profound disruption taking place within the media industry today. It’s a medium that’s evolving to meet the demands of 21st century consumers.

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