Immersive Planning

Knoll Research: Immersive Planning

There is no one office of the future. There is only change.
The workplace today is a mass of blurred boundaries. Driven by changing workstyles, the experience economy and the influence of startup culture, the lines separating the worlds of work, life and play continue to fade.

As group-based work becomes the norm, and companies assemble networks of partners, a singular output emerges. Outcomes are emphasized over process. Group work dominates for good reason. Not only is it the demonstrated linchpin of creativity and productivity, but also it plays a key role in workers’ happiness and satisfaction with their jobs, company and workplace.
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The Workplace Net.Work

Knoll Research The Workplace NetWork

How can a company stimulate innovation that derives from interaction when the right people are rarely in the same space at the same time?
The office today is at the nexus of the social, the technological, and the physical worlds in an evermore global experience. We have a rich opportunity to create a more connected workplace, a office that puts people at the center of their life-work experience.
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Powered Up

Powered Up: Characteristics and Priorities of the Modern Energy Workplace

While highly driven by technological research and innovation, it is the history and unpredictable nature of the energy business as well as its various sub-sectors that shapes much of its culture and defines its characteristics.
The energy sector continues to experience rapid and unpredictable change. Outside forces like government regulations and geopolitical factors, as well as new alternative energy startups and frequent mergers, acquisitions and consolidations are altering the energy landscape. These influences, coupled with impending talent shortages as many Baby Boomer knowledge workers become ready to retire, are making energy companies more focused on the importance of great environments with ample amenities to appeal to the next generation of talent.
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DIRTT: A Tale of Two Construction Methods

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What’s Good for People?


Knoll Workplace Research – What’s Good for People? Moving From Wellness to Well-Being

These are no ordinary times. Even before the recession, organizations across the globe were wringing their collective hands over looming talent shortages.
Like our planet’s resources, human resources are not infinite. They are not even abundant. In fact, good talent is becoming less abundant all the time. In the wake of the Great Recession, employees are bummed out, burned out and stressed out. While asking them to do more with less may have constituted a survival strategy over the past several years, it is neither sustainable nor in the organization’s best interest in the long run.

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What Comes After Y?

Knoll Workplace Research – What Comes After Y? Generation Z: Arriving to the Office

“Generation Z” will enter the workforce by the end of this decade
One evening you walk into your kid’s bedroom and ask how the homework is going. In one hand she holds a smart phone on which she is managing multiple Facebook conversations. It also buzzes quietly when a text or Snapchat message comes through. She is viewing a YouTube video on her tablet. And a sitcom is playing on a laptop. “It’s going great,” she says. You wonder how anyone can get anything done with all this multitasking.

Believe it or not these kids—Generation Z—will be entering the workforce at the end of this decade. As today’s kids grow up with unique Generation X parenting styles and with undreamed of technology gadgets, the way they will someday work will surely be different from today’s workforce.

Who is Generation Z and what will they need to work effectively? We share insights on the characteristics of Generation Z and its members’ potential behavior as a workforce—and offer planning opportunities to address their needs.


Design for Learning Spaces in Higher Education

Research Case Study: Design for Learning Spaces in Higher Education

These trends are influenced by the large influx of Generation Y students.
The field of higher education faces many challenges, primarily driven by sweeping changes in how technology is used in the learning process, and by an expansion in the variety of learning styles favored by students. These trends are influenced by the large influx of Generation Y students, with their penchant for collaboration and constant communication, and by the widespread use of personal computing and communication devices. Further, competition to attract top students has never been greater, presenting the challenge of how to design learning spaces and deploy technology to positively influence the institutional brand and image to current and prospective students. Together, these forces are changing how learning spaces should be designed to best support the learning experience.

To this end, Knoll conducted a research project with a higher education institution to evaluate the effectiveness of its current learning spaces and to provide guidance for re-design. The intention of this case study is to share the issues we studied, the methods and tools used, and, most importantly, the performance guidelines for design of learning spaces developed as a result of this project.


Evolving Design of Faculty Offices

Evolving Design of Faculty Offices
Space Efficient Planning Solutions for the Private Office

The ubiquitous nature of technology, as well as a preference among today’s students for collaboration, has resulted in dramatic shifts in the accepted norms of teaching within higher education facilities.

Put very simply, learning now happens everywhere. Whether in the classroom or the commons, a hallway or the dorm, “teachable moments” (and teachable places) extend well beyond the bounds of the classroom to every corner of the campus, every minute of the day. Consequently, campus design must be re-thought—along with the furnishings.


Destination Bedside

Destination Bedside
A Design-Research Project for Effective Nursing and Patient Spaces

Effective patient unit design can improve a variety of outcomes

Healthcare facilities are busy, intense environments as well as active workplaces in which the most personal and complex services are rendered— sometimes resulting in stressful conditions for patients, visitors and staff. For nurses on the front lines of patient care, the work environment can have significant negative impacts, contributing to fatigue, distractions, medication errors, patient falls and other issues that affect patient care.


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