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Future Office
Next-generation workplace design

ISBN 9781859468456
Published May 6, 2019 by RIBA Publishing
176 Pages

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Book Description

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. 

Table of Contents

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

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Nicola Gillen is Director and Global Practice Lead for Strategy Plus at AECOM.