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Design Quarterly Issue 17 | New Design Essentials

December 15, 2022

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Thoughts, trends, and innovation from the Stantec Buildings group

The Stantec Design Quarterly tells stories that showcase thoughtful, forward-looking approaches to design that build community. 


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What matters today

Pandemic, lockdown, and remote work have given many of us pause to consider what really matters. Emerging from this collective experience, we see the basics in a different light. The places society relies on— schools, labs, offices, hospitals, factories, power plants—are as essential as ever. But, seen from a design perspective, they are evolving to serve a broader purpose. We may have newfound understanding of how important they are, but we expect more from them than ever. Today, we expect the workplace to inspire us to innovate. Our education spaces must connect to culture and create community. We desire health centers that humanize the treatment experience. We want a reliable supply chain. In this issue, we consider how design can refocus and contribute to defining the new essentials for living well.

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