Monthly Archives: June 2010

Workplace 2030

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Johnson Controls has self-funded a large body of research on the workplace.  One of the results is a paper called “The Smart Workplace of 2030”. The language of the paper suggests that the current trend we see toward community space, with emphasis on collaboration and innovation, will be in full maturity in 2030.  The “Key […]

Science Park Trends

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We are seeing an interest in developing 30,000 sf to 45,000 sf one story incubator buildings in a science campus.  These buildings are designed to encourage science and technology entrepreneurship.  The incubator provides the resources required for developing the research initiatives of young start-up companies. This 1 story, developer “Flex” type building is designed to […]

The Luck Factor

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Get lucky recently?  This old saying comes from the idea of receiving more benefit than the effort it took to get the results.  Who doesn’t want more for less!  Some people appear to have a knack to achieving more.  They seem to possess more luck than others.  Why?  Are they more intelligent, or more psychic?  […]

A New Guide Has Arrived

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The National Research Council last week released an updated edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, which recommends standards and practices to research scientists and their institutions for the humane care and treatment of animals in research, testing, or teaching. Last published in 1996, the guide’s latest edition contains expanded […]

A Roadmap for Creating Positive Futures

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The approach of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is vitally important to our work with our customers’ organizations.  As we continue to enter worlds of work that focus of what are traditionally called “softer” aspects of the human condition (feelings, behaviors, caring, relationship, etc.) we must understand the confluence of ideas that are presented in this paper.  […]

Workplace Design Driven By Collaboration

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The activity of collaboration has become so essential and omnipresent that we are often reaching for what it really means specifically in any given project.  It seems that the term collaboration itself has lost some of its meaning from shear frequency of use.  I wanted to capture a couple of ideas from our research that […]

My Daily Retail #2: City Center (Updated)

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The City Center mall itself is not very large, but the level of design and high-end retails is something else. Check out the mall architecture and interior common spaces. “Art-ecture” best describes the experience. Patrons had to strain their necks as they caught glimpse of intriguing design elements, each unfolding as the turn to walk […]

Translational Research for Alternative Energy

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How many of us will confess to using the latest “buzz words” or jargon to the point that we’ve forgotten its real meaning?  I’ll admit I participate in an extremely jargon-rich profession, and I’m guilty.  In the last 20 years I’ve had a lot of direct interaction with scientists.  I know them to be very […]

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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What motivates you to work?  Money?  Prestige?  Forms of reward?  Avoidance of punishment?  Why? Daniel Pink has published his follow-up book, “Drive”, to his 2006 smash book, “A Whole New Mind”.  In “…new mind” Dan approached the idea of an evolution in human thinking from the left brain dominance of the past 100 years, toward […]

Attract & Retain: The money game…

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As colleges and universities suffer through slow economy, keeping the best and brightest faculty often comes down to what institution can make the best financial offer. How might innovative and welcoming faculty office space (verses a typical 120 square foot hard wall office) help attract and retain by providing an environment that promotes learning, collegiality […]