West Coast looks at technology and human-centric design

San Francisco on a mission to blend technology with human-centred design

The 2017 edition of WORKTECH West Coast tempered the pace of tech-driven disruption with a return to design values in creating great places and spaces for people

Green sky thinking means that buildings should be never finished

Green Sky Thinking: why work buildings should never be finished

Amid economic turmoil, sustainable initiatives are the first to get the chop. But advocates of new thinking from a green perspective suggest it can provide timeless answers to current property problems

Story line: whatever happened to the narrative workplace?

At the turn of the millennium, storytelling in workplace design was all the rage, as big-bang brandscapes dominated the field. Today, we’re more circumspect about a narrative approach. Why?

The business of play: are we infantalising the workforce?

As Silicon Valley’s tech titans open extravagant new corporate headquarters, the issue of turning the workplace into one big creative playpen has sharpened debate on both sides of the argument

Berlin’s belief system: from hybrid spaces to holistic thinking

Germany’s capital is living up to its growing reputation for workplace innovation and change, if the keynote conference themes of WORKTECH Berlin 2017 are anything to go by

From computers with a roof to creative spaces for change

WORKTECH's inaugural Smart Buildings 2017 conference charts the rise of connected work environments that don’t just save money but also foster innovation and wellbeing

Sky Central: is this the start of the non-doctrinaire workplace?

The award-winning Sky Central workplace in west London is based on not telling people how to behave. Does its easy-neighbour design mark a backlash against the high-concept cultural approach?

Making light work of constant distractions in open plan space

Having trouble getting ‘into flow’ in the office environment? A new traffic light system promising to cut down interruptions has reopened a familiar debate about the trials of working in open plan