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  • Using workplace design to make buildings inclusive for everybody

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Charles Marks

    Part Three of the Disability Discrimination Act appears to have turned into one of those pieces of legislation that often generates understanding of what it actually is in inverse proportion to the amount of press coverage it generates. In part, this is down to bandwagon-jumping commercial interests who inadvertently or otherwise tend to obscure the […]

  • Weighing up the pros and cons of the BREEAM environmental standard

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Charles Marks

    For some years now there has been a growing awareness of the need to improve the environmental performance of buildings. This is closely linked to both the Government’s own international commitments to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent over the next 35 years and the need of organisations to act ethically and cut costs while […]

  • When worlds collide: our 100% Design preview

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Charles Marks

    The challenge with exhibitions like 100% Design, which takes place in London from 23 to 26 September, is to discern the trends that underlie the wide range of products on display. For 100% Design there is a particular paradox in that while the show is segmented according to specific building types – home, hotel, office, […]

  • Three ways in which work is moving outside offices and into new domains

    Posted on June 25, 2015 by Paul Goodchild

    Headlines about the world’s accelerating taste for skyscrapers tend to be dominated by the big numbers. This is a world in which size is important, but get behind the focus on height and you find some very interesting data about the rapid and significant changes in what these tall buildings are actually for and how […]

  • Never accept received wisdom about workplace design

    Posted on April 30, 2015 by Charles Marks

    It’s always worthwhile challenging stereotypes and assumptions. This thought sprang immediately to mind when the first images emerged of the new Facebook offices in California (above). At the heart of the new and enormous campus building is the world’s largest open plan, a model of office design that we are told is outdated. Yet, here […]