The New Workplace

Magazine / Mar - Apr 2018

The New Workplace

The one thing that stands out in this issue is the absence of tall buildings. Yes, there is the one high-rise office tower (The EY Centre) but this exception affirms a rule. We are having a love affair with the low-to-mid-rise office ‘ground-hugger’ (The New Workplace).

Health and well-being, we have known for some time. In the projects here, we see a reshaping of form to make room for trees, courtyards, water elements, landscaped walls and decks. The most elaborate of these is where the envelope becomes a living skin with plants, social spaces and circulatory pathways. The image on the cover is an office building in Nice, France, in a Mediterranean climate. Closer to home, where the weather is not always mild, the same strategy attempts to temper heat and noise.

The adaptive and collaborative workplace, likewise, has its roots in the 1990s, emerging from organisational theory. Spatial configurations, we were told, had to match work culture and processes. Hot-desking and home office are buzzwords. Organisations demand creative problem-solving, and this means circulation spaces designed for encounter, pods and niches for collaborative work, and fun spaces for downtime.

Sustainability is the third imperative. Let’s narrow this, for the sake of brevity, to energy where we typically start with the efficiency of mechanical-electrical systems, better envelope glazing, as well as a building that is compact and airtight to lower heat gains and infiltration losses. A lower office building, compared with a tower, has more area for greenery and social space; its ground can engage the city; its deep floor plates, punctuated by voids, offer variety and nuances in indoor-outdoor edge conditions that a tower simply cannot.

We would like to think these form ideas are here to stay. Check in again when we revisit the workplace in a future issue.

Happy reading.

Table of Contents
MAIN FEATURE
Aspirations Versus Realities of Utopia in India

SHOWCASE
Charles Correa Now

YEAR-END FOCUS: CARBON
A Case Study from China
Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong
A Singapore Perspective

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: Reimagining the Future at IBEW 2021
Indonesia’s Progress Towards Carbon Goals
FuturArc Readership Survey 2021
Milestones
Products

FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Jason F. McLennan

COMMENTARY
Brazil’s Favelas

PROJECTS
Heron Hall
Climate Pledge Arena
ASHRAE World Headquarters
HMTX World Headquarters and Materials Innovation Center
Singapore Zero Energy Cases
Green Shore Residence Phase II
Tianheng Bayview

MAIN FEATURE
How Can We Design Cities to Be More Equitable?

SHOWCASE
Tebet Eco Garden

CITY PROFILE
Hoi An
Kandy

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: World Cities Summit
In Conversation With Anupama Kundoo
Milestones
Products
FUTURARC INTERVIEW
James Shen

COMMENTARY
Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking

PROJECTS
Shi Ban Qiao Mixed-Use Development
Zhuhai Xiangzhou Green Connector: Jing Shan Trail
Matsubara Civic Library
Porte de Montreuil
Main Feature: Intersectional Feminism for a Sustainable FutureKotchakorn Voraakhom
Yasmeen LariGanga Rathnayake
Serina HijjasChing-Hwa Chang
Sonali RastogiMilestones
Maria Warner WongProduct Advertorials

THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Hossein Rezai; Lee Chin Wei; Serina Hijjas
A Carbon Neutral Skyscraper: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower
Reaching Energy Targets: Singapore Institute of Technology;
The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
In Conversation with Jan Glasmeier
Sky GreenSteering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment
Integrated Production Facility for Organic IndiaWater Becomes the New Crude and Other Things
SMU ConnexionMilestones
Product Advertorials
MAIN FEATURE
Landscape Architecture Is Our First Line of Defence
The Next Paradigm; Where We Go From Here
The Future of Cities: Sustainability’s Deceptive Dreams
Rethinking Sustainability: Form Follows Systems
Moving Beyond Sustainability
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Anna Heringer
HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

MAIN FEATURE
Adaptable Spaces
Cities and a Circular Economy After the Virus
Density versus COVID-19: An Indonesian Case Study
Landscape through the Lens of Pandemic
Reclaiming Immaterial Spaces
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Prof Dr Lou Yongqi; Liak Teng Lit; Sameep Padora

HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT 2020
Information on FuturArc Prize & FuturArc Green Leadership Award
Jury & jurors’ comments
FuturArc Prize 2020 winning entries
FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2020 winning entries

Main Feature
Frontlines of Ecological Practice

The FuturArc Interview
Yu Kongjian (Professor for landscape architecture, Peking University; Founder, Turenscape) and
Lou Yongqi (Dean, Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation in Shanghai; Founder, TEKTAO and Design Harvest)

Futurarc Showcase
Shanghai Houtan Park & New Jindai Elementary School

Projects

Commentary

  • Anti Net-Zero Energy Building Policy In Malaysia

The FuturArc Interview

Books

  • Positive, Timely and Engaging: A Review of Paul Hawken’s Drawdown

People

FuturArc Interview

Commentary

Happenings

Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

Projects

The FuturArc Interview

Special Supplement 2017

Projects

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