Expert Insights

What We Talk About When We Talk About Collaboration

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Collaboration has enjoyed a long run as a buzzword, but as a result, it’s lost some of its impact. It has devolved into a term to describe any type of interaction. The focus should be on designing spaces that support the behaviors and resultant activities that are occurring within the overall physical workspace.

Office Relocation: Managing People in a Workplace Transition

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Your client buys into your concept and design for a new, innovative work space that will leverage creativity and attract young talent. Yet, statistically, approximately 90 percent of corporate change initiatives fail to achieve their projected goals (as measured by financial performance the following two years). What are we to do with this paradox?

BIM Delivers, Just Ask EwingCole

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EwingCole used BIM in new ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their communications through the design process with United Therapeutics. So we asked Howard Skoke to tell us about the tools they use and the impacts they’re having for EwingCole and its clients.

5 People Designing for Interaction

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Gary Miciunas of NELSON, Michael Berger of Partners by Design, Ferdinand Dimailig of Box Studios, Renae Bradshaw of HOK, and Arturo Febry of IA Interior Architects spoke to a crowd of 100 attendees at Work Design Magazine’s AIA CES-approved event, “Designing for Employee Interaction” in Chicago.

Food at Work: A Call for Ideas and Innovation

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We want to understand what the food spaces of the future could look like. To do this, we invite submissions for the competition to bring together ideas, concepts, and innovations on food at work. We want to explore how food can further support working practices in the future.

2 Years of Design Experiments, Data: Grind Grows Up

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“We designed a coffee bar that offers Chemex and pour-over brewing, which is a time-consuming process. So it could take 10 minutes to get a great cup of coffee in these ways, and that’s when serendipitous interactions occur. We design for that wait time.”

The 5 Trends at NeoCon

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It wasn’tquite as dramatic as the high-flying, pre-recession days, but after years of economic upheaval and the dumbing-down effects of aggressively priced commodity products from Asia, there was evidence of fresh thinking and design-led investment from some of the larger companies.

A Blandness Born of Internationality?

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Despite the possible onset of a universal and somewhat bland style of workplace, many successful companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Nike, and Virgin Atlantic demonstrate that expressing their unique cultures in their workplace, is a key component in maintaining and uniting a successful workforce.