The office is dead. Long live the office. Despite decades of predictions that the office is on the verge of extinction, it is surviving and thriving. Of course, things are changing. And changing fast. Digital technologies are transforming not only the work we do, but also the ways our workplaces are designed, built and operated. Automation and AI mean that some jobs will no longer exist whilst others will be created.
But the very essence of the workplace — human interaction and collaboration, remains as necessary as ever. In fact, it is the human focus that is driving this new age, with four generations now in the workplace together for the first time.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book discusses the impacts of these changes on the future of work and workplace. The latest technologies are also explored from voice and digital twins, to new materials such as graphene and battery-powered buildings.
Part 1: Buildings 1. A place in time: office typologies 2. Fit for the future: sustainability and adaptive buildings Part 2: Technology 3. The changing nature of technology and its impacts on office buildings 4. Digital transformation and big data Part 3: People 5. Wellbeing 6. Research-led design 7. Workplace as a catalyst for behaviour change Part 4: Delivery 8. Energy, materiality and specification 9. Design leadership in procurement 10. The future of design practice 11. Conclusions: fast-forward to the future