Place

The future of the smart precinct

How smart precincts will shape the dynamics of the changing city

Smart precincts that combine novel mixed-use placemaking with emerging digital technologies are becoming testbeds for urban innovation.  A new discussion paper from developer Mirvac and WORKTECH Academy explores the potential

What Amazon’s workplace wish list tells us about the future city

As Amazon draws closer to a decision about a new location for its second headquarters in North America, its public declaration of demands has prompted questions about what the future city requires to attract forward-thinking enterprises

people working in city

Sydney sets out its stall to rethink the way the city works

On the occasion of the WORKTECH Sydney 2018 conference, Linda Chandler, founder of Hyperlocal Cities, explains why Sydney could become the first Anywhere Working City

Fatal floor: the debate about open plan offices just got noisier

As a UK biomedical science institute struggles with its acoustics, a new US report on the future of open plan working advocates a variety of spaces and closer engagement with employees

Coworking hubs are a popular choice for flexible workspace

Why 2017 has been the year of flexible workspace

Flexible workspace shot from the margins of the property industry to the mainstream in 2017.  A new report from Instant Group explores the factors behind the rise of co-working and hybrid spaces

Richard Rogers: how constraints spark successful buildings

As WORKTECH London 2017 takes place, we revisit an interview onstage with last year’s keynote speaker, the international architect Richard Rogers, whose new book on his life and work is published this autumn

Is the out-of-town corporate campus no longer a safe bet?

The suburban campus has been a popular corporate investment for over 50 years. But as Apple’s new spaceship campus lands in Silicon Valley, are the risks of centralising the organisation now too great?

Back to the future: Facebook village faces up to growing housing crisis

New apartments planned by Facebook for its own employees on its Menlo Park campus dust off an old idea pioneered by the titans of the first Industrial Revolution. Is a new paternalism stirring?