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How to give feedback effectively

If initial feedback doesn’t resonate, effective leaders also know how to turn up the pressure in a way that is progressive, but not too sharp.

Steven Burns
A great feedback-giving leader evaluates the individual
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Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

Lower Manhattan viewed from Brooklyn. Photo: Vik Waters/Wikimedia Commons

Williams Scotsman
After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller than 400 square feet are...
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The Great Debate: Is 3D PDF really BIM?
Sasha Reed
You can pull apart buildings, cut through floors, and view simulated animation for assembly instructions all within a...
The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

David Barista
As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los...
Are you ready for high-rise hospitals?

Illustration: Douglas King, VOA

VOA Blog
The vertical hospital environment may be the wave of the future, but it is not without its design challenges.
Using active design to help strengthen the corporate workplace and enhance employee wellness

Lentz Public Health Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: GS&P 

GS&P Dialogue
The new Lentz Public Health Center in Nashville, Tenn., serves as a model of how those progressive and healthy changes...
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Why Churches Are Being Built of Metal

Metal church in Spitak, Armenia (then part of the U.S.S.R), built after the earthquake in 1988. Photo courtesy of Mcsochi/Wikimedia Commons.

Doug Clark
Affordability and speed of building are important factors.
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What your employees really want

Employers can support employees' personal growth by encouraging them to take courses online or be mentored by more senior employees. Photo courtesy of Evan Bench/Wikimedia Commons.

Steven Burns
Here are key aspects of a job that keep employees happy
Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school districts should...
The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doing heads-down focused...
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