Revolutionary. Transformative. Game changer. These are just a few descriptors attached to 5G, the next generation of wireless that will succeed 4G. The new standard is set to vastly improve connectivity between people and things. It dominates press headlines and takes center stage at nearly every tech conference—all while causing a world of confusion among property owners and residents alike. Many questions remain. What really is 5G? Why does it matter? And what does that mean for multifamily housing?
A new version of health care is being delivered at Jacobs Medical Center, a gleaming 509,000-square-foot, 245-bed medical and surgical specialty hospital in the University of California San Diego Health System. There, patients are in control: They can securely review their treatment schedules on tablet computers, adjust the room temperature and lighting, or adjust their “smart” bed to get a better view of the surrounding hills and ocean.
I came to Hanbury in 2017, after designing and managing workplace interiors projects for more than a decade. So naturally, I’ve observed the higher ed students we design for through a slightly different lens—not just as students but as the next generation of knowledge workers. I can’t help but think of how their unique behaviors and preferences will shape the workplaces to come.
Steve Holl Architects will design the new headquarters for iCarbonX, a genome machine intelligence company, in Shenzhen, China after winning the project’s design competition. The buildings are inspired by the study of genes and DNA with the two towers connected by four green bridges that draw their inspiration from carbon bonds.
How are leading tech firm responding to their workplace challenges? That’s a question that HOK, the global design firm, examines in “HOK Forward: Tech Workplace Takes Center Stage,” an 83-page report based on input from the firm’s Workplace leadership and global delivery network partners.
As part of its research to identify best practices, HOK’s team interviewed a who’s who of end-user tech companies, including Cisco Systems, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Spotify USA, and T-Mobile.
Timing is one of the most common problems in construction work. Architects and design professionals create drawings and conceptual designs using data from the present to build structures in the future. Delays happen. Projects get dragged out because of approvals, permitting, weather and other unforeseen circumstances, further diminishing the relevance of the original design data. The interval between design and construction makes projecting costs incredibly difficult. Until recently, these cost forecasts have been guesswork at best.
Clark Nexsen’s Paul Battaglia and Susan Drew attended and presented at Future Offices 2019 in New York this winter. Between presentations, workshops, panels, and tours of cutting-edge office space, they gleaned some interesting takeaways for workplace design:
Spread across 1,250 acres in Israel’s Negev Desert, the new Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport is the country’s first greenfield civil airport project.
It’s time to end the debate about whether offices should be an open or closed environment.
Over the years, companies’ workplaces and real estate strategies have shifted, from using enclosed offices with doors, to high-panel workstations, all the way to benching.
While all of this experimentation was done in an attempt to maximize productivity and effectiveness, what emerged was an ongoing, and mostly unsatisfying, debate on which was better — open or closed office plans.