Nice video of Gensler's downtown Los Angeles office, a LEED Platinum showplace of sustainable design that completely rethinks the workplace environment. The new space features daylighting and high-efficiency lighting, chilled beams and sails for heating and cooling, sun shades, displacement ventilation and much more.
Fantastic video from Gensler - created for the NAIOP '12 Ideas Competition (Commercial Real Estate Development Association):
"Given workplace mobility trends, broadening employee and corporate
interest in sustainability, in conjunction with growing economic
pressure on businesses, the vision for the office building of the future
in North America is no longer a new building. Instead the future lies
in existing structures that have been adapted beyond recognition, beyond
a use dedicated solely to traditional office work. These buildings will
be forever known as the 'Hackable Buildings'." READ MORE>>
From SPUR, the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association:
How denser, more urban workplaces will strengthen the Bay Area’s economic competitiveness.
High unemployment rates and slow employment growth continue to threaten our economy. Once-successful sectors are in decline. Even the workplace is in transition. New technologies and ways of working have disrupted everything from the speed of a typical product cycle to the amount of real estate a company needs.
But as our economy changes, the emerging story is also a positive one. While many formerly robust industries are struggling, the Bay Area’s knowledge services sector is growing quickly, led by companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. These firms are finding that they need the vibrancy and density of an urban-style environment in order to collaborate, innovate and stay competitive. Despite technology that allows us to work remotely, the role of the office is becoming even more important.
In this SPUR report, we make the case that there is a strong link between density and job growth. In fact, we believe that locating jobs closer to transit — and closer to one another — will be key to the Bay Area’s long-term economic growth. We recommend 20 strategies for increasing density, strengthening the regional economy and promoting job growth.