Worldwide competition launched by RIBA to design a new Scotland Yard

Worldwide competition launched by RIBA to design a new Scotland Yard

Share Button

A worldwide competition to design a new Metropolitan Police HQ has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The force is moving from its landmark New Scotland Yard site in Westminster, central London as part of cost cutting measures. The project on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and […]

CBRE WorkShop concept is interesting, but is it workable?

CBRE WorkShop concept is interesting, but is it workable?

Share Button

I’d like to deal in this article with the arrival yesterday of the long-awaited white paper from CBRE’s thought leadership exercise, The CBRE Workshop. However, I should declare an interest for the sake of transparency. Until June 2012 I was employed by CBRE and reported directly to a couple of the people who are heavily […]

Colliers uses Bucharest HQ to showcase office design for Generation Y

Colliers uses Bucharest HQ to showcase office design for Generation Y

Share Button

  The Bucharest office of property consultancy Colliers International has been revamped to showcase an office design model that the company claims will meet the needs of the next generation of employees. Colliers has worked with architecture studio Prographic and drawn on its own studies of Generation Y  and their needs to create the space. […]

Will the Great Trade Association Merger have any impact on office design?

Will the Great Trade Association Merger have any impact on office design?

Share Button

Anybody who has been working in and around the facilities management sector for any length of time will know that the FM profession/discipline (delete as appropriate) regularly undergoes protracted periods of existential angst about its role. It strikes me however that this is actually quite an easy question to deal with because the answer is […]

How ingrained assumptions about the workplace are eroding

How ingrained assumptions about the workplace are eroding

Share Button

The first day at a new job used to mean getting the answer to that all important question: “so which is my office?”  In today’s mostly open plan environments, the same psychological attachment has been transferred to the desk – ‘my’ desk. However the current trend for flexible approaches to where people work means that […]

The biggest challenge is building flexibility into an office design

The biggest challenge is building flexibility into an office design

Share Button

The design of offices and the furniture that fills them matters because of what they tell us about how we work, how organisations function and even what is happening in the economy. If you want to know what’s going on, take a look at the places we work and the things with which we surround […]

Office design goes to the movies. Part 9: BladeRunner

Office design goes to the movies. Part 9: BladeRunner

Share Button

  Ridley Scott was one of the pioneers of a film aesthetic that mashes the past with the future, the grime and the gleam. It was a pioneering idea at the time but it’s familiar now. We now accept that the future looks a lot like the past and that goes for the office design […]

What workers really want from their offices? The basics.

What workers really want from their offices? The basics.

Share Button

So what do people really want from their offices? It’s a question that has tasked the minds of researchers for many years. According to a recent survey from Overbury, the ideal office design seemed to be a Starbucks, but a new report from the British Council for Offices suggests that what people want isn’t actually […]

Video: “sitting is the smoking of our generation”

Video: “sitting is the smoking of our generation”

Share Button

  In which a businesswoman rejoicing in the name Nilofer Merchant argues that one of the major causes of ill health in the world today is our sedentary lifestyle, and suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it […]

Report urges EU and members states to use design for public good

Report urges EU and members states to use design for public good

Share Button

Design is no longer just an add-on, but has evolved into a fully joined-up innovation methodology and with countries around the world adopting this thinking the European Union cannot afford to be left behind.  This is the message of Design Council and other members of SEE (Sharing Experience Europe) in a report published today, Design […]

What Søren Kierkegaard can teach us about workplace design and management

What Søren Kierkegaard can teach us about workplace design and management

Share Button

Søren Kierkegaard was a Nineteenth Century Danish philosopher and proto-existentialist. Not for him the hazy, romantic ideals of many of his contemporaries. He was one of the thinkers who gave birth to the Twentieth Century with its focus on the individual, reality and life in a sometimes uncaring world, although he was no atheist like many of […]

Plans for redevelopment of iconic BBC Television Centre confirmed

Plans for redevelopment of iconic BBC Television Centre confirmed

Share Button

Detailed plans to open up and transform the BBC’s Television Centre into a mixed use development including office and studio space for the BBC have been released today. Developers Stanhope and the BBC revealed in February that for the first time, Television Centre will be opened up to the public and the famous forecourt remodelled. The […]

Translate »