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Designing for Neurodiversity that Advances the Workplace

Jun 06, 2022 by Georgia Metz, Interior Project Designer and Associate, Perkins&Will

What is neurodiversity, and why will we continue to hear more about it in our industry? Judy Singer, Australian sociologist, coined the term Neurodiversity in 1999.1 Neurodiversity describes the different ways our brains are wired, leading to unique skills, needs, and abilities. Individual differences shape social dynamics, cognitive functioning, motor skills, attention, sensory stimulations, speech, language, and learning. Like biodiversity, the term neurodiversity does not intentionally define a certain subgroup of individuals, but rather speaks to the infinite variations of the way people think. In contrast, there is a movement utilizing the term neurodiversity to empower select subgroups with diagnoses. ...

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Designing a Circular Future by Rethinking Office FF&E

May 31, 2022 by Daniel Kietzer, Director, Ecosystem Growth at Rheaply

As a major launchpad for ideas and introductions that shape the built environment, NeoCon illustrates the tremendous amount of energy that goes into designing, manufacturing, and installing every component of any given space. What happens to these materials when it's time for a renovation? Embodied carbon consists of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by raw material sourcing, supplier processing, and manufacturing, building construction and demolition. The beneficial recovery and reuse of architectural materials also encompasses all of the interior furnishings such as furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) that are a major source of embodied carbon emissions. This includes everything from office ...

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Work Pods Enable All 3 Essential Elements of a Hybrid Office

May 27, 2022 by Robert Korpacki, Product Manager, Hushoffice and Mateusz Barczyk, Senior Brand Manager, Hushoffice

No doubt, one of the most valuable understandings we’ve gleaned over the past 2 years is that we do, in fact, need the office. It gives us people and variety. Without enough of either, work suffers, and mental well-being declines. Yet employees across the board want the freedom to work from home roughly 2-3 days a week for good. Hence the broad consensus. Hybrid is the future. Naturally, the success of hybrid working hinges on the office’s effectiveness. To facilitate hybrid working, the office must first of all be flexible – that is, outfitted with mobile furniture that makes it ...

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Purposeful Design Starts with the Materials We Use

May 19, 2022 by Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman & CEO, Aquafil Group

Why do we design? For art and beauty, yes. But also for purpose. A well-designed chair offers comfort and stability, while an imaginatively created rug brings warmth to a home. Good design improves quality of life. However, beyond the functional purpose of design we must also consider the intention behind all of our design choices. While the chair may provide comfort and the rug creates warmth for five, ten or so years, what is their next purpose? Unfortunately, in most cases, these beautiful, functional pieces end up as waste. Four billion pounds of carpet are discarded in U.S. landfills every year. Renovation projects ...

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Time As The New Variable In Workplace Design Programming

May 12, 2022 by Melissa Hanley, CoFounder + Architect, Blitz

Over the pandemic I, like many, dove deep into gardening and garden design. One of the fascinating things I discovered is that landscape architects design two plans: one for the initial planting installation and a second for the ultimate design, at the 5-year mark when the plants have grown to their mature form. They also do four studies to consider how their design morphs over the seasons to ensure there is year-round visual interest. Their process reflects the inherent understanding of the dynamic nature of the craft. Sure, in interior design, we create phasing plans and restacking studies but we ...

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Designing the Metaverse - the value of starting before you’re ready

May 05, 2022 by Andrew Lane, Co-Founder, digby

Designing the Metaverse - the value of starting before you’re ready With any new venture, finding the “right” time to start is often a fruitless endeavor. So when faced with the prospect of designing an entirely new universe, you should forgive yourself if you’re not quite sure where (or maybe even why) to start. As any successful entrepreneur will tell you, in a circumstance like this, it’s always best to start before you’re ready... And with “the metaverse” on everyone’s lips as we head into the second half of 2022, the race is already on. The technology is coming. Fast. ...

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The Evolution of an Icon: Creating a New Experience at THE MART

May 03, 2022 by Todd Heiser, Managing Director and Principal, Gensler and Lily Diego, Design Director, Gensler

As workers return to offices, shoppers and designers revisit their favorite showrooms, and industry events once again draw attendees from across the country and beyond, THE MART, an icon in Chicago’s history since the 1930s and home to NeoCon, is creating a new experience for all who enter. The vision embraces the desire for increased hospitality-driven environments within the building, providing balance and well-being to tenants and visitors in our new understanding of work and life. Re-emerging from the pandemic with new perspective and a reinvigorated focus on what will best serve the many visitors that filter through the 4 million square ...

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Responding to Changing Workplace Dynamics Amidst The Great Resignation

Dec 16, 2021 by Katie Titi, interior design consultant and coach, Katie Titi LLC

You may have heard the term: The Great Resignation.Anthony Klotz firsted coined this term and predicted the phenomenon in 2019, and it’s happening now. In April, May, and June of this year alone, 11.5 million workers quit their jobs. Surveys suggest that a significant portion of the population is actively looking for or creating new opportunities, and these numbers only increase when it concerns Gen Z workers[1].What can designers do to help support during these uncertain and transformative times?Designers have always been on the forefront of creative and progressive change. We may acknowledge that we’re the artists of 3D space, ...

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Creating Space(s) for All

Dec 08, 2021 by Kristin Cerutti, NELSON Worldwide

After experiencing the collective trauma of COVID-19, today’s workforce is now in the thick of what is being called “The Great Resignation”. Studies show that a huge part of making individuals feel comfortable, safe, and productive has to do with their environment. On top of that, most employees are feeling better supported in their physical space at home, than in the office. Given that, how can employers provide physical spaces that accept their teammates where they are while providing them with a place to thrive rather than just survive?How can employers and designers bring a more empathetic perspective to workplace ...

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Reframing the Office Environment

Oct 21, 2021 by Greg Lewis and Kelly Colon of Cresa, the world’s largest occupier only commercial real estate company

At the onset of the pandemic, employers from every industry were forced to figure out a new way to function successfully. With lockdowns in place and the traditional office structure thrown into flux, companies had to weather the upheaval in the world while simultaneously pivoting to a new way of life that mandated new ways of working. Many people panicked about how well this would work, however employees thrived under pressure. This produced an unprecedented revelation: No longer forced between choosing to do their best work, their health & wellbeing or their families, employees now had the flexibility they craved ...

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