And throughout all this ‘return to the office’ planning, we’ve been thinking about our people. How will they feel? What can we do to keep them safe and connected? Are there ways we can help reduce stress?Read article
We hope 2020 is remembered as the year education broke free of the four walls of school buildings and embraced the healthy, fresh air and learning opportunities outside.
Any connection with nature, from looking out the window to lying in the grass, has positive psychological effects and benefits for each of us. The intensified stress we feel in the healthcare environment diminishes with increased access to healing nature.
While we’re thinking about best ways to bring people back to the workplace, to safe, engaging, comfortable environments, here are some creative kick starters for outdoor space planning.
Intentionally designed, beautiful civic buildings and interiors celebrate the history and culture of a place, and they are the expression of our shared vision for an optimistic future.
Our 2020 People’s Choice Project Awards go to two recent projects deeply influential in the Sacramento community.
If putting outdoor spaces to work is such a great idea, and it is, then why hasn’t the solution been more widely adopted?
The artists were chose for their creativity and their connections to a greater community. Each participating artist selected specific pieces that could represent the different objectives of the workplace art program. The ultimate end goal of the program was to make this art available for purchase, and to donate some proceeds to causes that means something special to each artist.
Reviewing our featured projects for the past year saw inspired designs, innovative solutions, and unique work environments for a wide spectrum of organizations.
Taking a learning environment and intentionally designing it to become physically healthier during a pandemic is one thing. Designing that same space so it also becomes healthier for us to think more clearly, feel better and be more physically active? That’s the key.
Major PPE, communications with families, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing have all been incorporated into the Lincoln, CA back to school planning.
Along with intentionally planned spaces for focus, rest, learning and collaboration, and intentional social rituals and behavior protocols to support connection, incorporating an intentional sensory program can help create more engaging and welcoming workplaces.
Studies show art as an impactful visual stimulant. When featured in workplaces, artwork is oftentimes viewed as a “positive distraction,” prompting rituals like self-reflection and impromptu socialization. When looking at art as a stimulant, surveys have shown that viewers looking at artwork process information more effectively and share ideas and opinions more openly and freely.