Culture

15 November, 2018

Building Corporate Culture: From The Ground, Up

The new Beijing headquarters of e-tailer JD.com sprawl across over 100 000m2 and represent the positive future of office space design. If you’ve ever shopped online in China, chances are that you’ve stumbled across JD.com. Also known as Jingdong, the company is one of the two largest e-tailers in China according to the most recent…

20 March, 2017

Hospitality: 4 Trends Shaping the Future of the Industry

The landscape of the hospitality industry is shifting. Designers and architects need to consider the remit of hospitality spaces beyond the usual, eat, sleep, drink, and repeat. Read on to find out what concepts are breaking ground in hospitality. 1. Lobbies as Workspaces In 2017, the workspace is no longer confined to the office. With…

14 November, 2016

Inspired by the Art of Handcrafting

Even when craftspeople are working to a pattern, handspun or woven textiles are one-of-a-kind items — small variations make each one unique. Saori weaving, created by Misao Jo in 1968, celebrates this idea of random beauty. Unlike other handweaving techniques, Saori is completely freestyle with no rules, restrictions, or samples to follow, and where a…

9 September, 2016

Top Trends for the Future of Workspaces

These are the big trends we’re seeing regarding the future of workspaces. 1. Co-Working A proliferation of co-working venues with sophisticated and comprehensive amenities previously only found in high-end corporate fitouts. Internationally renowned British designer, Tom Dixon, has recently designed Interchange, a purpose-built co-working space in Camden, London – three shiny glass and metal buildings…

29 August, 2016

The Future of Business: Redesigning for Resilience

Having just finished interviewing senior executives from a range of organisations for a Global Leadership study, and I am struck by the consistency in perspectives even though the organisations are quite different. Every CEO I have interviewed ranks their number one challenge today as dealing with the pace and scale of change now upon us.…

22 May, 2016

Artful Restoration

Last October, during the first weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, artist and social activist Theaster Gates pulled back the curtain on his latest endeavor: the Stony Island Arts Bank. The highly trumpeted project entailed the conversion of a derelict bank building on the city’s South Side into a public cultural venue, brimming with galleries,…