Compelling Branded Environments in Higher Education
While many higher education institutions are investing in new buildings and spaces in a functional response to these challenges, there is a greater opportunity for future success by integrating the brand of the institution throughout campus buildings and interior spaces.
Movable Walls & Raised Floors: Optimizing Adaptable Workplaces to Meet Changing Business Needs
How buildings, people, and organizations perform in the workplace affect one another and ultimately the corporate bottom line. Changing business needs means changing organizational structures, which in turn means changing spaces.
Designing for Focus Work
Employers need open and interactive spaces to encourage collaboration, and such spaces can introduce distractions. Distractions, however, sabotage focus, and focus work is a necessary part of collaborative efforts. How can we solve this conflict? Approach workplace design so that it encourages both collaboration and focus work: Offer employees a variety of workspace options, choice over where, how, and when to best work, and control over workspace features and furnishings. Make the workplace legible and clutter-free so employees won’t waste effort navigating the workplace. Lastly, include “recharge” spaces; focus work takes intense effort, and it requires breaks.
Emerging Need for Legibility in Workplace Design
The planning approach for the future will need to emphasize the “legibility” of space. Legible offices offer planning configurations that are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and where the spaces’ intended uses are clear and obvious.