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6 Technologies for Return to the Office

From providing physical wellbeing to equipping employees with information, technology can help you advance safety protocols, and build employee trust and wellbeing.

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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.

Nov 30, 2020

Well Into the Future

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.

What can we do to help our seniors be their best selves as their memories fade? Is there something we can all do today to make a difference?

Sep 23, 2020

Design For Our Future

The number of Americans ages 65 and older has grown by 10% over the past 40 years, and will reach 80 million in 2040. And the group most often needing help with activities of daily living, adults ages 85 and older, will nearly double from 2000 and 2040.

Together with technology professionals, architects, and policy makers, we’re creating a state-of-the-art Interactive Learning Center, located here in San Francisco. One that puts ideas into action, and a place where we can get a glimpse of a safe, connected future work experiences that puts existing technology to work in a way that makes our return to the workplace better than the one we left.

The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership is a fresh new presence on the Monterey peninsula. And it’s the largest physical expansion of the Bay Area’s beloved Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Maintaining the capability to provide care to residents in their own “home” with dignity and safety is a key tenant to supporting seniors. It will require creativity, innovation and adjustment to senior community design, planning and specialized technologies to accomplish, but the health and social benefits to our growing senior population will be worth the effort.

As telemedicine becomes the expectation rather than the exception, how might the experience become more human in the process?