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finishes and furniture types, which are supporting the quality
of the space, design flexibility, innovation, and teamwork.
They fuel each other," says Mac Stopa, 2017 IIDA Titan
Award winner and founder of Massive Design, Warsaw,
Poland. "It's exciting to observe the correlation between
innovative technologies and how they are influencing our
everyday behavior, habits, and needs. The willingness to
make the office an exciting place to work, with an innovative
and creative vibe, is replacing the conventional thinking for
office design where efficiency and employee hierarchy were
often the design's driving factors. For me, it's exciting to
participate in this change not only as an architect but also as
an industrial designer."
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF),
44 percent of chief human resources officers at some
of the world's largest organizations see changing work
environments and flexible working arrangements as the top
demographic and socio-economic driver of change in the
workplace through 2020. The result will be smaller pools of
core full-time employees for fixed functions, backed up by
external consultants and contractors for specific projects,
the WEF reports.
For designers, creating agile spaces has become the order
of the day. "It doesn't stop with flexibility of where and how
their people work right now, but
also how are we going to transform
that space to do something else a
year from now when our clients
find another way of working,"
says David Holt, design director,
IA Interior Architects, Seattle,
Washington, USA. "We've really
been designing reconfigurable,
modular, demountable architectural
and furniture solutions that can act
as a framework for however the end
user wants to flex."
At the same time, executives are
seeking ways to spur game-changing
innovation and creativity from within. By 2020, creativity
will be the third most in-demand skill among all industries,
according to the WEF. Yet many offices lack environments
that foster that kind of cutting-edge thought. In a 2017
survey by Microsoft Surface, 40 percent of U.K. workers said
their organization did not encourage or reward innovation
in the workplace. And around one-third blamed uninspiring
workplaces or a lack of appropriate areas in which to focus as
major obstacles to the creative process.

Designers are stepping
in to help solve this creative
crisis by producing spaces
with a high "collision
coefficient"-chances for
incidental meetings that spur
innovative conversations.
"Offices should be flexible,
exciting environments with a central destination hub and
getaways for chance meetings that spark new ideas," says
Simet. For instance, Gensler's design for Boston Consulting
Group's New York office, which opened in January,
features two central staircases that connect all six floors,
with a large café at the base of one staircase and lounge
areas on the landings of each floor. This layout fosters a
collaborative "stair culture" and encourages employees to
get up and interact as they move between different floors.

fall/winter 2017

Fast Retailing-the
parent company of
clothier Uniqlo-
opened its new
headquarters in
Japan earlier this
year. Designed
by Allied Works
Architecture, the
space includes
open work lofts,
hallways inspired
by traditional
Japanese porches,
furniture typically
found in residential
design, communal
worktables, and
several gathering
spaces (called
"town squares"),
including a gallery,
a library, and a
digitally linked
information hub.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017

IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017
Contents
From IIDA
Sum of Its Parts
Talk, Talk
Pre/Post
Data Viz
I Design
The Year in Design
Designs That Defined
A Show of Strength
Heat Map
Next-Gen Vision
Air of Anticipation
Scratch Pad
Insider Intel
IIDA News + Updates
Why This Design Works
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Cover2
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 1
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Contents
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - From IIDA
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Sum of Its Parts
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 7
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Talk, Talk
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 9
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Pre/Post
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Data Viz
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - I Design
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Year in Design
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 23
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Designs That Defined
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 25
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 29
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - A Show of Strength
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 31
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 32
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 33
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 34
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 35
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Heat Map
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 37
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Next-Gen Vision
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 41
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 43
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Air of Anticipation
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IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 49
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Scratch Pad
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 51
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Insider Intel
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 53
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - IIDA News + Updates
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - 55
IIDA Perspective - Fall/Winter 2017 - Why This Design Works
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