Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

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A great many of us pay architecture and design very little attention until it’s too late and we’re confronted with the workings of a mind that doesn’t consider whether just because we could really means we should. The kind of mind that designs a building that melts cars on the street or one with wind […]

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

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It may well be a statement of the obvious, but it’s worth reminding ourselves sometimes that the term facilities management consists of two words. There is often a bit too much emphasis on the facilities and a bit too little on the management and sometimes we look for design and product solutions to problems that […]

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

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From existential and dystopian fears expressed through books and films, we have long had an uneasy relationship with the idea of automatons and artificial intelligence. The UKCES saw robotics and automation as significant enough to include in it’s recent report on the future of work and the risks to jobs are very real based even on […]

Public sector purchasing doesn’t need this kind of lightbulb moment

Public sector purchasing doesn’t need this kind of lightbulb moment

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The latest of the weekly kickings reserved for the UK’s public sector purchasing community comes in the shape of a BBC Panorama documentary alleging that a range of frauds and cock-ups cost the National Health Service around £7 billion a year. The NHS denies these figures but there are clearly obvious and serious deficiencies in the […]

Morgan Lovell to research impact of the workplace on wellbeing

Morgan Lovell to research impact of the workplace on wellbeing

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One of the latest pieces of research to explore the possible links between the workplace and individual wellbeing is to be carried out by office fit-out firm Morgan Lovell in conjunction with the British Council for Offices (BCO) and workplace analytics tool HATCH. The firm hopes to create an original piece of research that will […]

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

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In the BBC documentary Mind the Gap, Evan Davis asks why London has an economy that is larger than and different to those of other UK cities, but also getting bigger and more differentiated. One of the main reasons he finds for this is something called agglomeration; the more skilled people you can put within […]

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

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In this week’s Insight newsletter, available to view online; Workplace Insight confirms a partnership agreement with Europe’s largest commercial interior design event, Clerkenwell Design Week [pictured]; evidence that employees who use treadmill workstations as they work not only receive physical benefits but also are more productive; and research finds that our brains are adapting to […]

Gallery: Google’s Kuala Lumpur office offers an alternative vision of a tech palace

Gallery: Google’s Kuala Lumpur office offers an alternative vision of a tech palace

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Mention the offices of Google (or Facebook or Apple) and you’re perhaps most likely to think of the latest generation of gleaming Xanadu-like corporate tech palaces now being planned or built in London or California. But the new offices of Google in Kuala Lumpur offer a distinctly different vision. Designed by M Moser Associates, this […]

Insight confirms partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week

Insight confirms partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week

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Workplace Insight has confirmed a partnership agreement with Europe’s largest commercial interior design event, Clerkenwell Design Week. The event takes place each year, uniquely using the showrooms and other spaces that make the Clerkenwell area of London home to more creative businesses, designers and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. It […]

The workplace of the future is one founded on uncertainty

The workplace of the future is one founded on uncertainty

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We now know for a fact that the good people at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills take heed of what they read on Workplace Insight. After Simon Heath recently eviscerated the idea of the year 2020 as a useful marker for the ‘future’, a new report from the UKCES draws its line in the sand a bit […]

Could personality profiling help create a more productive office environment?

Could personality profiling help create a more productive office environment?

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  Creating the most productive working space to help get the best from your people is an ongoing battle. What suits some doesn’t suit others. So if there was some way of assessing up front how people like to work and the environment that would make them their most productive, engaged and committed – before […]

A Silicon Valley office that embraces classic design to create its buzz

A Silicon Valley office that embraces classic design to create its buzz

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It is now common for tech and media businesses to take inspiration for the design of their offices from their local Wacky Warehouse, with treehouses, slides, acid coloured cushions, chairs, play areas and other sub-juvenilia thrown into the building in the name of both ‘fun’ and an assumption that the Gen Y employees they are […]

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