Design

Hidden ecological impact of voice assistant devices exposed

The top award winner from the Design Museum in London in 2019 demonstrates that voice-activated devices in the workplace don’t come without an environmental cost

Will the theatre of work change the parameters of office design?

A new book by Clive Wilkinson emphasises workplace parallels with the theatre of the street and the market while a new report from Nespresso also predicts a convergence with public space

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The eyes have it: how robot vision learnt from Walt Disney

When people struggle to relate to robots without a humanoid form, the answer is to use the great animator’s trick of sticking on a pair of googly eyes

Can Germany’s innovation powerhouse kick the habit of small offices?

Germany invented the open office concept but is struggling to open up to new horizons in office design, according to a survey from the Gensler Research Institute

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Open and shut case: why critics of open plan are behind the times

Bashing the open plan office has become a global sport. But, as Kay Sargent of design firm HOK suggests, the game has moved on and many new open environments are now skilfully tailored to user needs

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IM Pei, adventurer in geometry and light: a tribute

The death at the age of 102 of IM Pei, designer of the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, marks the passing of one of the dominant figures of modern American architecture. Here we trace the formative years his career

Networked innovation: from outside in to inside out

Workplace design has increasingly recognised the need to bring the outside in.  Now, successfully connecting to new innovation ecosystems means thinking from the inside out

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Bauhaus at 100: how does its workplace legacy stand up?

As the fountainhead of modern architecture, Germany’s Bauhaus design school controversially provided the visual basis for management efficiency and control. So why do we still revere it today?