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Re-Imagine Workspace

Explore the challenges and solutions to re-imagining workplaces in the post-COVID-19 world. Hear the experts talk about the factors that need to be kept in mind while designing a workspace in the post-COVID period.

In association with Godrej Interio, India’s leading furniture solutions brand, Design Dekko is hosting a series of webinars titled ‘Re-Imagine Workspace’.

The inaugural session was held on 24th July in the presence of over 400 registered attendees from the architecture, design and human resource sectors. Participants witnessed the best of the experts from across the world explore the challenges and the plausible solutions to re-imagine workspaces in the post-COVID-19 world.

The webinar began with a keynote address by world-renowned architect Rafael Pelli, Senior Design Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Rafael, in his keynote address, highlighted various short approaches and long-term solutions to how office spaces must be re-imagined the post the pandemic.

Following the Keynote, an engaging panel discussion encompassing industry-leading experts such as John Alok Decruz, Director – Projects, Morphogenesis; Anil S Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, Godrej Interio; Col. Praveen Kumar, Head - IPD (Infrastructure Planning and Development), Tata Consultancy Services; and Organizational culture, employee engagement and experience expert, Ajith Nair, was held. The session was moderated by Sameer Joshi, Head of Marketing (B2B) & Workspace Research, Godrej Interio.

During the one-hour webinar, the panellists explored and deliberated upon the subject from multiple vantage points including design, materials, execution, people, culture and management as we prepare for the New Normal.

Commenting on the initiative, Sameer Joshi, Head – Associate Vice President, Marketing (B2B), Godrej Interio, said, “Today’s offices are designed to bring people closer, foster collaboration, teamwork and increase the speed of response. They are not designed to separate people and thereby prevent the spread of the disease. In the past, when we designed offices, we always looked at how do we enhance people productivity? How do we generate maximum returns from costly real estate for our clients? Post COVID-19 outbreak, while designing workspaces, we are now required to work with a new set of boundary conditions, those recommended by doctors and medics. Godrej Interio, therefore, strongly believes that existing offices need a rethink. This webinar series is a step to provide multiple perspectives from leading experts which would serve as a guide when designing workspaces in the future.”

Commenting on the webinar series, Sujit Patil, VP & Head of Corporate Brand & Communications, Godrej Group said, “Godrej Group has always been at the vanguard of creating platforms that foster engagement and collaboration. Design Dekko is a community for professionals from architecture, interior design and allied sectors to showcase their work, ideate with their colleagues and collaborate with their peers. The Re-Imagine Workspace webinar series is one such step towards leading conversation as a thought-leader, explore challenges, and reach a consensus on plausible solutions to re-imagine workspaces in the post-COVID-19 world.”

Watch the session here: