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.
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.