Gensler Chicago’s workplace in Louis Sullivan’s iconic Carson Pirie Scott building reinforces what we tell our clients—space can tell a story. Entering the 55,000 s.f. office, you are immediately immersed in stories about our people, our culture, and the legacy of architecture in the City of Chicago. Photographer, Christopher Barrett, takes us on a tour of the new open-office work space.
The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths. Myths that creativity comes via inspiration. That original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses, and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But creativity isn’t magic: it happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials.
The Twin Cities are in the heart of Midwestern America, associated by many with agriculture over architecture or technology. How fitting it is, then, that this new combination of hot-desking, co-working, micro-office and incubator space was a working farm commodities exchange less than a decade past.
General Assembly is an urban campus for entrepreneurs seeking to transform industry and culture through technology and design. They provide programming, space, and support services to foster collaborative practices and learning opportunities.
Just about any story on this subject in the last decade has featured pleasant if not wholly original ideas like bringing more natural light into spaces, playing with organic, softer forms and incorporating homey elements like Oriental rugs, plants and personal photographs. But every idea has remained firmly entrenched in existing workspace typologies — the cubicle, the corner office — and ignored entirely the growing legions who work in different ways or in different settings (if they’re able to find work at all).