Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Four Stages for Aligning Workplace Strategy
December 12, 2011 – 1:00 pm | One Comment
Four Stages for Aligning Workplace Strategy

Organizations are increasingly aware of the strategic importance of their workplaces. Effective and engaging spaces improve productivity, health and morale. The workplace is also a visual presentation of the organization and its culture and is a key contributor to attracting and retaining top personnel. Workplaces and the work practices they support are dynamic and require strategic approaches to maintain their effectiveness and productivity. These factors underscore the need to carefully align a workplace strategy with the mission of the organization.

Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition
October 28, 2011 – 7:44 pm | Comments Off on Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition
Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition

In keeping with our Lean design approach, we look at the entire project value stream for opportunities to add value and reduce waste. A pull planning session was held to define stakeholder value, to map the project value stream, and set conditions of satisfaction with the entire team; client, architect and builder. Target Value Design enabled us to align project objectives; scope, schedule and budget, early in the process. A site evaluation session with the client and builder will be held to assess the project success and consider modifications that will support ongoing workplace performance improvements.

Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
October 25, 2010 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation

In order to support continuous improvement and deliver the highest quality science, new research laboratory spaces are needed. These spaces must be flexible and agile in order to quickly adapt as research methods and techniques change over time. Adaptable labs spaces may be smaller and more readily modified to support shifts in research work and type. Research work may expand outside the traditional laboratory as collaborative teams engage in the creative exchange of ideas and need to quickly communicate and experiment. Improvements in mobile equipment, computational and communications technologies provide greater variety of research locations, immediately situated, distributed or remote.

LifeSpace: New Space for Discovery
September 28, 2010 – 9:13 pm | Comments Off on LifeSpace: New Space for Discovery
LifeSpace: New Space for Discovery

Within the life sciences and biotech industries we are seeing novel combinatorial sciences and system biology approaches quickly overtaking traditional approaches. In order to promote and maintain innovation, new research laboratory prototypes and processes are needed that are better aligned with current research techniques and readily adaptable to accommodate future methods.

Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe
September 27, 2010 – 10:00 pm | Comments Off on Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe
Media Rich Environments – ADMZ Idea Cafe

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One of the challenges faced by organizations with multiple locations or with disparate work groups or multiple partnerships is the ability to easily exchange information and communicate ideas effectively. Technology provides a wide range of …

Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon
September 16, 2010 – 3:02 pm | Comments Off on Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon
Emerging Workplaces: The Cowork phenomenon

New hybrid spaces are emerging that create alternative workplaces with the express purpose of supporting mobile work. These hybrid spaces provide work support and the buzz or social activity without distractions and interruptions.

Third Places: The Café Work Culture
September 16, 2010 – 2:47 pm | Comments Off on Third Places: The Café Work Culture
Third Places: The Café Work Culture

Third places have emerged as a viable alternative to working at home. Mobile workers are attracted to the social interaction as an antidote to the relative isolation of home. The appropriation of, social or ‘third places’ as an alternative to the traditional ‘second place’ office as a work setting is a rapidly growing phenomenon.

Working at Home: The pros and cons of telecommuting
September 16, 2010 – 2:26 pm | Comments Off on Working at Home: The pros and cons of telecommuting
Working at Home: The pros and cons of telecommuting

People have long used the home as a refuge for urgent or reflective work, setting themselves up with a home office, working at the kitchen table or whatever space might be free at the time.

Defining Work
September 13, 2010 – 7:26 pm | Comments Off on Defining Work
Defining Work

How does one get to the nature of the work?

The first key is close observation; how is the work done? What are the interactions that define the work flow? Who interacts with whom, and what is the content of the interaction?

Life Space – challenges to innovation
August 30, 2010 – 5:01 pm | 4 Comments
Life Space – challenges to innovation

Rapidly changing research practices at private biopharmaceutical companies, university and hospital research institutions and other emerging life science enterprises present a broad variety of work challenges to building and maintaining appropriate facilities.