From machine to habitat Posted on March 28, 2017 (March 5, 2019) by Years2019 2018 2017 2016 CategoriesCity Profile Commentary Main Feature Commentary / Mar - Apr 2017 From machine to habitat by Miriel Ko The history of industrial architecture can tell you a lot about the evolution of health, environment and human dignity in the workplace. Providing wealth to its owners and millions of jobs to the labouring masses, the development of factories also brought the world mass production, pollution and the rapid growth of makeshift industrial communities.And while we still depend on these buildings to manufacture all of our consumer goods, a lot has changed in terms of how we view, design and operate in them today. Rather than the industrial machines of their past, these buildings can now operate without compromising the environment or the dignity of the people that work in them. Today, human dignity, health, corporate identity and sustainability are all major influencers in the workplace. While traditional goals of industrial architecture such as safety and efficiency are still highly regarded in the design process, technology, globalisation and human rights also have precedence.Where we source our products from and how we manage the operation of our factories can no longer be hidden behind heavy beams and brick walls. The design and function of these human-operated machines now affect the global marketability of a company and its sustainable long-term growth. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues for free! Previously Published Commentary Commentary / 4th Quarter 2019 Benchmarking the Benchmark: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Green Building Index Commentary4th Quarter 2019 Benchmarking the Benchmark: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Green Building Index Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2019 Putting Wellness at the Heart of Building Design Commentary3rd Quarter 2019 Putting Wellness at the Heart of Building Design Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi Commentary / Jul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View CommentaryJul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View Contact us at http://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.