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 […]

Interview: Greg Lindsay on engineering serendipity and harnessing chaos

Interview: Greg Lindsay on engineering serendipity and harnessing chaos

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist and urbanist. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next as well as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and a research […]

Winners of competition to uncover ‘Workplace of the Future’ announced

Winners of competition to uncover ‘Workplace of the Future’ announced

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The results of a competition designed to showcase the Workplace of the Future, sponsored by Staples have been announced. The contest, run in conjunction with US based Metropolis magazine, attracted entries from some 200 architects and interior designers. The winner was Joe Filippelli, who created Vertical Flux, which is described as ‘a comfort-based approach to […]

Workplace Trends conference justifies the workplace in a virtual world

Workplace Trends conference justifies the workplace in a virtual world

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In his lightning summary of five decades of the office at Workplace Trends 2013: Making it Work, which took place last week, architect Frank Duffy remarked on the challenge of justifying place in an increasingly virtual world. It’s never been easy to gauge the productivity of offices and knowledge workers – a conundrum the conference […]

The Great Gatsby and the rehabilitation of the office cubicle

The Great Gatsby and the rehabilitation of the office cubicle

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The finest closing sentence of any novel in my opinion is that in The Great Gatsby. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  It is a reference to the futility of our attempts to escape the past, even as we look to the future, dreaming of how “tomorrow […]

Economic recovery, the changing psychological contract and the future of the office

Economic recovery, the changing psychological contract and the future of the office

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There has always been a link of one sort or another between the labour market and office design. So, as the UK’s unemployment statistics continue to fall, they remain moderately high and there continue to be structural changes in the nature of work, typified by this year’s debate about the growing use of zero hours […]

What happens in a designer’s mind and Mac can be very different to reality

What happens in a designer’s mind and Mac can be very different to reality

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Social media is inarguably closing the gap between organisations and consumers of their services. Advances in the way we interrogate the opinions of building users are lifting the veil on some sharp practices in management and the negative impacts of poorly thought out design or badly executed installation of designs into the built environment. The […]

AHMM chosen for new Met Police headquarters project

AHMM chosen for new Met Police headquarters project

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The firm of architects chosen for Google’s enormous new North London headquarters project as well as the redevelopment of the BBC’s Television Centre has been chosen to design the new home of the Metropolitan Police in Whitehall. The decision to award the job to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) was announced by the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police […]

CIBSE publishes guide on energy reduction from refurbishment projects

CIBSE publishes guide on energy reduction from refurbishment projects

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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published a guide on how to make the most of the energy reduction opportunities that arise during refurbishment projects. The document, called Refurbishment of non-domestic buildings, is available in print (£60) and online (£55). CIBSE president George Adams claims: “Making the current building stock consume significantly less […]

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