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Inside the 2030 Workplace

Inside the 2030 Workplace

What does the future hold for office design? In this look into the 2030 office, we look at the top 11 solutions, trends and innovations expected to dramatically change office design over the next decade. Key questions we ask in this report  are:

  • What does the next generation of workers need and want from their workplaces? 
  • How will disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence impact the way we work and the spaces we work in?
  • Where is sustainable design headed and why will it be a priority over the next decade?
  • What new office architecture & design tools are on the horizon and how will they change your life for the better?
  • What do you need to do to prepare for the next wave of the digital revolution?
Making Open Office Layout Work

Making Open Office Layout Work

The open office layout is having a PR crisis. Over the past few years, dozens if not hundreds of articles have been published everywhere from the Fast Company to Buzzfeed to the Washington Post trashing the open office layout. 

But are open layout offices really the root of all negative workplace behavior? Furthermore, are there instances where open office floorplans have lived up to their initial promise of improved productivity, collaboration and innovation? In an effort to learn more, we sat down with our speakers from Simple Finance, Robin, & Chapman University to discuss:

  • What separates open-office layout successes from failures? Are there any predictors of success?
  • What key considerations should office designers make before they move to an open floor plan especially when it comes to cultural readiness?
  • In what ways do open-offices live up to the hype? What are the real potential downfalls workplace designers should be aware of?
7 Hot Tech Trends for Office Design

7 Hot Tech Trends for Office Design

Technology, especially new construction, impacts every aspect of our daily lives. Learn more about the top seven tech trends hitting the Future Offices Market. Over the next 9 pages, we’ll unpack everything from open space floor plans to IoT and discuss why it’s imperative for offices to jump on the tech train. 

This article covers emerging workspace solutions such as:

  • Teleconferencing
  • IoT
  • Nontraditional Illumination
  • Next Generation Acoustics
  • Sustainable Design
  • Ergonomic Seating
The “Rise of Humanity” in Design: A Conversation with Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA

The “Rise of Humanity” in Design: A Conversation with Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA

As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of IIDA, Cheryl is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society through both functionality and engagement in everyday workspaces and the built environment.

Furthermore, in 2015 and 2017, she was named one of Newcity’s Design 50, an annual list of influencers who promote and present design in Chicago. Cheryl has been referred to by Interior Design magazine as “an ambassador for innovation and expansion, and a visionary strategist.” Citing her leadership in the industry, Cheryl was inducted into the prestigious Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2016.

With this in mind, we sat down with past event partner and attendee, Cheryl, to discuss biophilia, smart technology, human-centered design, open/closed office hybrid environment and more of the hot topics that will be explored at the 2019 Future Offices event taking place April 29 - May 01 in Austin, TX.
Intelligent Space Design

Intelligent Space Design

In this interview, Siemens Real Estate's EVP, Head of Region Americas, Michael Kruklinski talks about how Siemens leverages "intelligent space design" to make their offices more profitable, efficient and sustainable. Other highlights from the conversation include:

  • Using sensors to ensure workspaces are not under- or over-utilized 
  • Avoiding a "one-size-fits-all" approach to office design by building agile and customizable workspaces  
  • How Siemens is evolving their approach to office design to the meet the changing needs and expectations of their workforce
New York Shared Workspace Company Brings Collaboration to Life

New York Shared Workspace Company Brings Collaboration to Life

Collaboration drives creativity in NeueHouse’s shared workspaces. With locations in Manhattan and Los Angeles, NeueHouse offers experiences, workspaces, personalized services and opportunities that foster new ideas and important associations. In that environment, most people don’t want to worry about logging into systems, setting up presentations and passing speaker control from one participant to another in order to share a document. They want to be able to share the conference information and have a dialogue with somebody as they would in a face-to-face meeting—a feat that's often easier said than done. ClickShare enables NeueHouse  to have seamlessly presentations across the board.

Creating clutter-free workspaces

To create the most productive workspaces, NeueHouse Chief Technology Officer Greg Harper creates clean and productive environments. That means they have no wires on the desks and the tables and are flexible enough to make content sharing easy in every conference room and special event space. Barco’s ClickShare provides an unobtrusive wireless format, easy-to-use interface and intuitive sharing capabilities making it a logical companion to these modern, minimalist spaces, aiding both form and function. ClickShare units are flexible to configure, seamlessly fostering the sharing and collaboration that are part of all creative business environments.


Simple, compatible, secure

Regardless of the technical expertise of the user, ClickShare is a great equalizer. Tech novices and experts are equally comfortable and can immediately meet and share—regardless of whether users are working on a Mac or PC. By eliminating time wasters such as configuring passwords, accessing Wi-Fi networks and connecting network cables, meetings run seamlessly and effectively. And since the data flows through a wireless connection between the button and the device, nothing has to go on the NeueHouse network, ensuring their network remains secure.


The simplicity, compatibility and security of ClickShare can pay off. Studies show nine in ten office workers experience technology-related stress in meetings, and 12% report their meeting room technology struggles actually lost business for their employer. So the simplicity of ClickShare delivers an immediate ROI.


Designing for Human Interaction in the Office

Designing for Human Interaction in the Office

Organizations are increasingly realizing that in order to attract and retain topmost talent, they must ensure work environments promote productivity, wellness and meaningful, human interactions. However, accomplishing this requires more that simply a deep understanding of space usage and work process but, above all else, empathy. To truly understand what employees expect from and how they engage with their work environments, office design leaders have to start building emotional connections with employees. But how can you build emotional connections with employees at scale? Ahead of the 2019 Future Offices conference, we sat down with office design leaders from Instacart, Citrix, HMS, and more to find out.

Download this piece to gain real-world approaches to:

  • Articulating the value of human-centric design
  • Selecting design elements that facilitate human interaction and creativity
  • Embracing a data-driven approach to office design
  • Cultivating a culture that supports office design and fosters collaboration
  • Leveraging cutting-edge tools and techniques for understanding and designing the right work environments for your company
Key Reasons Why Large Corporations are Choosing Flexible Workspace

Key Reasons Why Large Corporations are Choosing Flexible Workspace

Flexible Workspaces have problem to earn some big benefits for big companies!

Read Office Freedom's reasons why some of the largest companies are moving to flexible workspaces instead of the traditional office. 

  • Cost Reduction
  • Speed to Market
  • Flexibility and Access to Talent
  • Great Spaces Available