Design

open plan

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

I M Pei

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

Bauhaus

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?

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