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Amenities at the Edge: Where the Workplace Meets the Street
We have an opportunity to reimagine the ground floor of our cities — reinventing sidewalk-facing storefronts to serve the community, not just the...
The Future of Work Is Seasonal
Our lives are influenced by seasonal and cyclical events, so what if our work behaviors followed suit? We explore the possibilities of seasonal work.
What Workplace Can Learn From Airports
The best airports put a hyper focus on the passenger experience, so what if we leveraged the same lessons from the best in aviation design to enhance...
Are People the New Workplace Amenity?
Being with people may be the new workplace amenity — and a compelling reason to draw people back to the office for those that haven’t returned.
There’s No Place Like the Office: Infusing Hospitality Design Into the Workplace
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we discuss the importance of infusing hospitality design into workplaces to turn offices into...
Why It’s Time to Demand More From Our Workplace Experience
Here are 10 considerations for reimagining the workplace to deliver more from technology, be bold on resilience, and enhance our humanity, health...
Houston’s First Innovation District Is Established With an Adaptive Reuse Approach
Reimagined to include Class A office space, shared workspace, classrooms, a lab, and maker space, the Ion launches a new, community-centered nucleus...
3 Considerations for Rethinking NYC Office Buildings
With outdated properties seeing higher vacancy rates and less interest in leasing activity, here are three considerations to rethink the potential of...
What We've Learned by Assessing More Than 300 Potential Office-to-Residential Conversions
With office vacancies increasing and confidence in Class C buildings declining in multiple markets across North America, we’ve developed a process...
Revitalizing Stranded Assets to Build Vibrant Suburban Districts
With the recent population shift toward suburban areas, civic leaders and real estate developers have an opportunity to create synergistic...
Labs and Sciences: Consider This for Adaptive Reuse
The lab and life sciences industry is seeing a spike in interest from real estate investors. But building owners should take note: this specialized...
5 Strategies for Converting Retail and Office Space into Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Leveraging spaces that historically have been retail or office provides an opportunity to expand services offered and reach where consumers are...
How Willis Tower’s Repositioning Is Unlocking New Value and Reenergizing Chicago
Gensler’s Todd Heiser and Michael Townsend discuss “creating a building that is not about work, but about life” at the reimagined Willis Tower — a...
The Key to Attracting and Retaining Talent Is Your Office Design
Now that more employees are returning to the office, we're observing changes in how the workplace is being used. Enhanced technology, a focus on...
The Evolution of an Icon: Creating a New Experience at theMART
An inside look at theMART’s evolution as it takes on a new relevance to best serve the design and business communities of Chicago and beyond.
Hybrid Is Here to Stay: 5 Considerations for Creating a Better Hybrid Experience
Here are five reasons why hybrid work is here to stay, including design implications for creating compelling, people-centric hybrid experiences.
How Emerging New Workplace Realities Will Drive Corporate Real Estate Strategies
Coupled with Gensler’s workplace research, our survey of CRE executives offers valuable insights on return to office timing, the long-term impact on...
Oakland’s Office Space Resurgence: Stitching the Old With the New for a Resilient Future
Oakland is continuing the transformation of its downtown urban core with a series of historic commercial building renovations that are driving a...
How Inclusive Design Supports Resilience and Climate Preparedness
We have an opportunity to design places that are inclusive for all people that can also promote resilience and make preparedness more accessible in...
What the Workplace Sector Can Learn From Retail’s 20+ Years of Designing Hybrid Experiences
In an increasingly hybrid world, offices, retail stores, and other physical places need to bring people together and create community. Now, as the...
Gensler Cost Intelligence 2022
We analyzed costs across workplace projects to inform a data-driven approach to understand, anticipate, and manage cost trends.
Adaptive Reuse Brings New Vibrancy to Silicon Valley’s State Street Market
Adaptive reuse was a critical sustainable design strategy in designing the new State Street Market in Los Altos, California, transforming a dormant...
Multiuse, Connected, and Resilient Buildings Will Win Tomorrow’s Tenants
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, design and development experts discuss how buildings can stand out and be more resilient in today’s...
Why the New Workplace Ecosystem Is Key to the Future of Work
As we think about the future of work, consider a new workplace ecosystem — a Swiss Army knife approach to choosing the whole suite of places and...
New Gensler Workplace Survey Findings: Employee Expectations for Future Office Design and Culture
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler workplace experts share key findings from Gensler’s latest U.S. Workplace Survey and...
3 Lessons From Today’s Students That Will Shape the Future Workplace
Coupling findings from Gensler’s Workplace Survey and Education Engagement Index research, we’ve identified three key findings that the future...
Design Forecast 2022: Repositioning & Landlord Services
Landlords and building owners will continue to seize opportunities to convert or reuse existing buildings to provide spaces that support flexibility...
How Are Companies and Employees Planning for the Future of the Office?
Amid a constantly evolving pandemic, how are companies and employees planning for a return to the office? Gensler's workplace survey research offers...
Recruiting Robotics Against Climate Change
As part of the Department of Energy’s E-ROBOT initiative, we teamed up with a group of roboticists and builders to develop a flexible new tool and...
What’s Next for Developers Looking to Reposition Real Estate Assets
Developers are looking to make transformational investments to ensure their assets are future proof. So, what’s next for office building...
US Workplace Survey Winter 2021
Our U.S. Workplace Survey Winter 2021 uncovers what employees are expecting as the return to office begins — and how workplaces can adapt to...
Why Inclusive Design Is a Critical Advantage in the War for Talent
For companies who are looking to compete in the war for talent by delivering a positive employee experience, inclusive design is a critical...
5 Trends CRE Leaders Can Use to Reimagine a New Workplace Reality
Here are five trends commercial real estate leaders are evaluating to drive business performance, innovation, and employee engagement.
How Companies Are Using the Office to Transition to the New Reality
By giving employees the power to tailor their own experience, we can create an office that’s ready for multiple futures.
Navigating the Circular Economy: How Reusing Materials Saves Costs and Lowers Embodied Carbon
Now is the time for companies to take a proactive role in decreasing the amount of carbon associated with materials in a building’s lifecycle and...
The Case for Adaptive Reuse: How the Link Drives Sustainable Design Strategies in Downtown Denver
Through the tactical use of design, we transformed a dated, 1960s-era telecom office tower into a creative, modern, mixed-use office building at a...
How Younger Workers’ Preferences and Workstyles Will Define the Future Workplace
The preferences and workstyles of our younger workers will increasingly define the future of the workplace for everyone. How will this impact how we...
Here’s Why Employees at Top-Performing Companies Need the Office
Top-performing companies support flexibility and encourage remote work, but they also value the role of the physical workplace to bring their talent...
US Workplace Survey Summer 2021
Top-performing companies are three times more likely to increase their real estate footprint post-pandemic, according to findings from Gensler’s...
Three International Lessons for U.S. Workplace Well-being
As organizations across the globe grapple with questions around the return to the workplace, figuring out how to adapt an organization’s culture is...
Lessons From India: 4 Interventions to Inform the Future Workplace
Gensler’s India Return to Work Survey 2021 reveals that workers in India are embracing a hybrid work model — but they face unique challenges and...
4 Emerging Patterns About Hybrid Work and the Future of the Office
As workers around the world continue to experiment with how and where they work in the face of ongoing uncertainty, Gensler's global Workplace...
Why Now Is the Time to Rethink Workplace Amenities
As global enterprises prepare their return to the office, many are asking: what amenities might deliver the greatest returns in today’s evolving work...
The Benefits of Converting Class C Office Into First Class Residential
From coast-to-coast, clients are facing a similar challenge: in order to future-proof older buildings, they’ll need to make their buildings more...
The Fifth Façade: Rethinking Urban Rooftops for the Post-Pandemic Office Building
Rather than being a sign of exclusivity, rooftop spaces are becoming one of the biggest opportunities in real estate development and an essential...
Will Remote Work Trends Benefit Smaller, More Affordable Cities?
How can cities function as an attractive extension of the office in the age of “anywhere work?”
China Workplace Survey 2021
Chinese workers are back at the office — and the workplace is still the primary anchor of the workweek.
China’s Return Offers a Glimpse Into the Post-Pandemic Workplace
China’s profound and successful transition back to the office was the first of its kind — here are some emerging findings from our China Workplace...
Lessons From China: What Hybrid Work Really Looks Like in Practice
The Chinese workplace is back open — and the experience of these workers holds lessons for the rest of the world as we consider what a hybrid...
Climate Action Through Design
Addressing the built environment’s impact on climate change is both a moral and business imperative. At Gensler, our goal is to make all the...
Sketching the New Hybrid Workplace
In this look at the future of hybrid work, Gensler architects and workplace designers shared their visions for the post-pandemic workplace and how it...
5 Design Interventions to Mitigate Virus Risk in the Workplace
To help return to work safely and to reduce future operational risk, Gensler collaborated with Haven Diagnostics to simulate how design impacts the...
Reduce, Reuse, Reclad at One Post Office Square
At One Post Office Square in Boston, an aging concrete office tower offered an opportunity to explore questions about our relationship to the built...
Real Estate Must Offer Human Experiences, as We Escape Virtual Lockdown Living
The recovery is an opportunity to realign real estate value with human experience.
Across the Globe, Workers Want a Hybrid Work Model
Gensler's latest Global Workplace Surveys uncovered some universal truths: most office workers want a hybrid work model, and the office is still the...
Rebuilding Community in the Post-Pandemic World
When we can return to the office and resume other in-person activities, creating places for people to spend time together and rebuild community — not...
Surprising Truths About the New Hybrid Workplace
Gensler's Workplace and Research leaders host a Q&A with Michael Gao, M.D. of Haven Diagnostics, on the return to the office and the future of the...
5 Trends Driving the New Post-Pandemic Workplace
Here are five workplace trends that have been accelerated and now are driving priorities for the new post-pandemic office.
How the New Hybrid Workplace Can Support Equity for All
The future workplace must evolve to serve new needs, support flexible, hybrid working styles, and promote equity for all workers.
Ford Reimagines Detroit’s Oldest Neighborhood for an Evolving Workforce
Ford's Book Depository will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, emerging technology companies, and employees to develop, test, and launch new...
Meeting Post-COVID Expectations for Office Buildings at One Post Office Square
Boston's 41-story One Post Office Square tower was constructed in 1980 and designed at a time when corner offices were the gold standard of the...
6 Strategies Developers Can Use to Improve Building Performance and Lower Carbon Emissions
A building’s performance is primarily influenced by its size, shape, orientation, massing, and fenestration. When just 1% of a project’s upfront...
Design for the New Hybrid Workplace
As we plan for the new workplace, we need new design tools to meet the new design demands, and advances in technology and design tools is driving...
How to Bring Older Office Buildings Back to Life Amid a Struggling Commercial Real Estate Market
Here are several opportunities commercial real estate developers can consider when converting or repositioning under-performing office buildings.
Here’s How Developers Can Reposition Office Buildings for the Future
With so much square footage currently sitting empty in urban centers, we know that the future must be community-oriented, and existing office...
Real Estate Design Strategies for Leasing in a Post-COVID Market
Here are four key strategies that building owners and developers can leverage to have more informed conversations with prospective tenants in the...
The Office Building of the Future Should Be an Essential Part of Its Community
Over the past 70 years, the workplace has evolved slowly but surely. Now that evolution has accelerated far more dramatically and when we return, the...
COVID-19 and Building Performance: The Big Picture
From energy use to maintenance, lighting, and air quality, COVID-19 will change the equations we’ve been using to calculate the performance side of...
How Should Office Buildings Change in a Post-Pandemic World?
For those who design and develop office buildings around the world, the current crisis has introduced a new challenge: Once we are cleared to return...
Designing Office Building Lobbies to Respond to the Coronavirus
People spend up to one-third of their lives at work, many of them inside office buildings. If these buildings were proactively designed with features...
Gensler’s Todd Heiser and Benjy Ward on why adaptive reuse is about more than just renovation.
Adaptive Reuse Strategies for a Net-Zero Future
Here are 3 successful examples of when developers chose adaptive reuse strategies over new builds.
Design Forecast Singapore: Repositioning for Smart Cities
Gensler Singapore hosted a panel examining the impact that repositioning smart cities might have on a well-established, dense urban environments.
Building an Interconnected Future in Downtown Dallas
To shape people’s experience of a city, we have to start by shaping one block, one intersection, or one individual building. At 400 Record Street in...
The Return on Design for Repositioning Projects: A New Framework for Measuring Performance
Exploring how to quantify the market impact of our office repositioning projects.
The Future of USPS Real Estate
We investigated how the U.S. Postal Service can best use its existing real estate to further its mission in the community.
Using IoT Technology to Drive Evidence-Based Design
Using Gensler New York as a case study, we installed sensors and use mixed-methods to measure occupant and building data.
From Fitness to Bowling Alleys: How Commercial Office Buildings Are Differentiating Themselves Through Amenities
Here, we offer five ways that amenities can help developers and building owners attract and secure tenants by appealing to their inhabitants
Re-Imagining an American Icon
The Willis Tower is one of the world’s tallest buildings. At ground level, however, something is noticeably absent.
Hack the City
Redesigning our cities through active community engagement.
Real Estate Repositioning Strategies
We created a menu of seven key real estate repositioning solutions in New York which can be applied to most markets.
Leveraging Dynamo to Create Dynamic Facades
Building a parametric, pattern-generating system in Dynamo to save energy and time in building facades.