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

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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 […]

Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Control over their work space helps satisfy people’s basic emotional needs

Control over their work space helps satisfy people’s basic emotional needs

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  In the second of two pieces to mark the seventieth anniversary of Abraham Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ Annie Gurton writes: Workers need an element of control in their surroundings. As Maslow said in the 1940s, humans are fundamentally, simple creatures. We need air, water, food and security, but along with those basic physiological needs […]

Quality of the place and the pace of work is more important than money

Quality of the place and the pace of work is more important than money

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In a remarkable session on the future of work at Worktech 13 London this week – Charles Handy declared that organisations need passion, people and profit, in that order. Money isn’t the main motivating factor for individuals either, which is why Handy’s thoughts on the emergence of the portfolio worker should inspire anyone who dreams […]

2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

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The year 2020 is a mere seven years away. Yet the designers of the future workplace and those who invite them to talk about it are still referring to it as if it marks the next frontier of human endeavour and as if we weren’t already up to our collective armpits in the 21st century. […]

Gallery: first images of interior of Apple’s $5 billion campus in California

Gallery: first images of interior of Apple’s $5 billion campus in California

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Following last week’s final sign off of the plans for the new Apple Campus 2 building in northern California, the local council has issued the first interior shots of the new building. The $5 billion Foster and Partners designed campus includes a 2.8 million sq. ft. building and will be home to over 14,000 Apple […]

Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

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Dave Coplin joined Microsoft in 2005, and is now its Chief Envisioning Officer, helping to envision the full potential that technology offers a modern, digital society. He is a globally recognised expert on technological issues such Cloud computing, privacy, big data, social media, open government, advertising and the consumerisation of technology and is the author of […]

Workplace Week highlights the changing shape of the office

Workplace Week highlights the changing shape of the office

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This year’s Workplace Week  which took place last week was a great success, with more people participating and more money raised for charity. Across the week, over 500 people took part, visiting innovative workplaces, attending the Workplace Week Convention or going along to one of the many Fringe events. Workplace Week is organised by Advanced Workplace […]

UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

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We should never take the UK’s talent base for granted. According to a new report from Deloitte, when it comes to employment levels of people in knowledge based jobs in high skill sectors such as digital media, banking, legal services, software development, telecoms and publishing, London is comfortably the world’s leading city. The study found […]

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

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It’s not often that workplace management becomes national business news but that happened at the end of February when  the world became very interested for a while in the way we design and manage offices. The reason for this was the decision by Yahoo to ban homeworking for staff at its headquarters.  The resultant period […]

RIBA heralds dawn of a ‘smart’ era that revolutionises the way we shape our cities

RIBA heralds dawn of a ‘smart’ era that revolutionises the way we shape our cities

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A new report that explores the massive potential role that data could have in the planning and design of our buildings and cities has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and ARUP. The report ‘Designing with data: Shaping our future cities’ identifies the main approaches to working with data for those […]

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