Design

Bloomberg London

Why Bloomberg’s London office is in a class of its own

Against all expectation, the top award in British architecture, the RIBA Stirling Prize, has been given to an office block. But this Foster-designed workplace project defies the odds in so many ways

To appreciate its power, should we treat workspace design as a drug?

It is well known that some workers use drugs to enhance performance, but could workspace design itself be viewed as a pharmacological intervention to change behaviour? New research is heading that way

Awe in design has commercial benefits

Can awe-inspiring design features really boost workplace performance?

Spectacular interior design elements were once seen as self-indulgent. Now there is scientific evidence to suggest that inducing a sense of awe can bring commercial benefits

Data to design

Data to Design: the new information tools for designers

How can design studios leverage social data in the physical workplace? A new report by Humanyze and WORKTECH Academy outlines the importance of new sensor technologies in measuring collaboration in the office

Royal Society research: another nail in the coffin of open plan?

The received design wisdom on going open plan is that it improves face-to-face communication. Not so, according to a surprising new study from Harvard Business School

The choice of curves or straight lines is matter of science, not taste

New scientific research explains why curved lines might be more appropriate in some office environments while angular and rectilinear forms might work better in other situations

The Elemental Workplace

The Elemental Workplace argues for an end to complexity

A new book by London-based workplace change professional Neil Usher makes the case for simplicity over style in planning new people-centred offices

The sentient workplace is a hyper performance work space

Sentient, hospitable and flat-age: the shift from open plan to open work

As a focus on human psychology and behaviour begins to dominate the workplace design discourse, a new report on the future office sets out the forces of change that will remodel workspace to allow people to work at their physical, mental and emotional best