materials

Award-winning workplace interiors suggest new directions

What are the new design contours of the post-pandemic office? The best British workplace environments in the 2021 DesignWeek Awards are a good place to look

Excuse me, can I interrupt you and boost your wellbeing?

Our latest WORKTECH Wednesday Briefing looks at why interruptions at work can be beneficial, how the whitest paint can cool buildings, and which firms topped Fortune magazine’s list of best places to work

antimicrobials

Green building experts caution over new ‘anti-viral’ materials

A group of leading green building organisations, architects, and scientists have warned that building materials with added antimicrobials have no proven health benefit – and may not be as green as they seem

If you can’t find the right building, print it instead

From an out-of-this-world project on the moon to the future workplace in Dubai, the age of the 3D printed office building is coming closer

Demountable building: don’t think straight, think circular

Demountable architecture has a long history, but has tended towards the utilitarian or temporary. Today, a new wave of projects in the field presents new, circular-economy possibilities

Neuro-architecture: why we need to weave in all the senses

How can we address a sensory and experiential disconnect in the workplace?  A more balanced and harmonious approach to engaging all the senses could make all the difference in an increasingly neuro-diverse world

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

Mini design briefing: the biodegradable plastic debate

Facility managers beware: while biodegradable plastics present an opportunity to solve one of our most significant sustainability challenges, they’re not without controversy