Latest issue of Insight now available to view online

Latest issue of Insight now available to view online

The latest issue of our weekly newsletter is now available to view online here. This week: Ilkka Kakko argues that designing for serendipity is about more than facilitating chance meetings; Mark Eltringham looks for the missing link between offices and avocados; we report on the ongoing recovery in the construction and property markets; raise questions […]

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Blue Monday hype obscures the real debate about workplace happiness

Blue Monday hype obscures the real debate about workplace happiness

So here it is. Blue Monday. Officially the most depressing day of the year. We say ‘officially’, but like the idea of ‘Body Odour’ its common usage hides the fact that it was originally created as part of a 2005 PR campaign. For Sky’s travel channel. The whole idea of Blue Monday is couched in […]

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Friday, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with staring out of the window

Friday, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with staring out of the window

Next Monday 20 January is supposedly the most depressing of the year. Blue Monday, in fact. The day when our return to work after the Christmas break combines with the lack of daylight and a wave of existential dread to crush our spirits. There is a running joke within IBM that their buildings don’t have […]

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Consultation begins on international commercial property standards

Consultation begins on international commercial property standards

Today marks the beginning of the three month public consultation by the recently formed International Property Measurement Standards Coalition as the organisation seeks to develop standardised way of measuring commercial, domestic and retail property. Formed in May of last year, the IPMSC includes many of the world’s leading property institutions including the Royal Institute of […]

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Latest issue of the Insight newsletter available to view online

Latest issue of the Insight newsletter available to view online

The latest issue of our weekly newsletter is now available to view online. If you don’t already subscribe, please do so. Just submit your email address in the Subscription section on the right of this page and we’ll keep you up to date each week with a digest of the best news and views on […]

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CBI to embrace open plan working at new London HQ

CBI to embrace open plan working at new London HQ

The CBI is to move its headquarters to new offices in Cannon Street, London, after more than 30 years at its present Centre Point home, which is to be converted into apartments. Staff at the UK’s leading business organisation will make the switch from the multi floor office layouts of the 1960s built tower to an open […]

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Why we should be wary of expert predictions for 2014

Why we should be wary of expert predictions for 2014

As ever the first day back at work coincides with a flood of forecasts about what will happen in the world in the year ahead. But predictions are often more interesting in retrospect than they are in their own time. For example, each year The Economist produces its one-off ‘The World in…’ publication which asks […]

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The most read stories on Insight in 2013

The most read stories on Insight in 2013

It’s been one year since Insight first hit the digital streets and it’s been fascinating to see what people have been most interested in. One of the great things about online publishing is you cannot escape from what people think. Printed trade magazines can tell you they send out 12,000 copies or whatever, but they […]

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Book Review: The Emergent Workplace

Book Review: The Emergent Workplace

It’s rather refreshing to see a book or report in which the word ‘Workplace’ in the title is prefaced by ‘Emergent’ rather than something misleading like ‘Tomorrow’s’ or ‘Future’. And so the authors Clark Sept and Paul Heath define their vision of the workplace presented in this slim but engaging book as a thing which […]

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One of the most important things we need at work is shelter from the storm

One of the most important things we need at work is shelter from the storm

The challenge of providing the optimum level of acoustic performance in an office is one of those issues that everybody accepts is very important, has at least some understanding of and has a degree of awareness of the solutions. Yet it has proved to be one of those intractable issues that suffers both from some […]

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Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

The UK spent an estimated £28.5 billion on offices in 2012 – outstripping business expenditure on legal services (£24.3bn), accounting (£14bn) and insurance services (£23.8bn). Yet despite this, nearly three fifths (57%) of 250 senior executives from large organisations in a recent poll said property issues are not regularly discussed in the boardroom and responsibility […]

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Case study: dPOP’s jaw-dropping new offices light the road ahead for Detroit

Case study: dPOP’s jaw-dropping new offices light the road ahead for Detroit

If you think you know what’s going on in Detroit based on the stories of the city’s financial woes and pictures of some crumbling buildings, it is worth a visit to the offices of dPOP, the two month old design firm with origins in creating the award-winning office spaces for Quicken Loans and its family […]

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