A headquarters designed for Newell Brands in Sandy Springs, Georgia, designed by Perkins&Will and completed in 2016. Courtesy Raul Garcia The physical and psychological benefits of the outdoors and its relation to the workplace and academia were the subject of a recent Think Tank webinar, Designing for Work Outdoors, hosted by the Atlanta office of Perkins&Will . The session was moderated by Metropolis ’s editor in chief Avinash Rajagopal. “There is an increased value of outdoor space as a result of the pandemic,” said Zan Stewart, associate principal landscape architecture, Perkins&Will. “Central Park in New York and the grand boulevards of Paris both emerged from pandemics. Our teams can be happier, healthier and more productive with access to nature.” “People are spending less time in lobbies, which are really marble-clad mausoleums,” said Jim Irwin, president of New City Properties . “Now open space is the lobby. It’s not just a sales point but makes for a better community.” Since the discussion was Atlanta-centric, it invariably brought up the BeltLine, a 22-mile green loop around the city located on former railroad corridors that encircle Atlanta. More than 1 billion dollars of private development is occurring on the perimeter park. Irwin, […]

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