The architecture of London’s Victorian warehouses reflected the wealth that international trade brought to London, but still determines much of the grain of the city that we now see as core to the character of the city fringe.
Whilst the iconic office building still impacts our skyline (the Walkie-talkie, Cheese Grater), how does where we work influence our changing social fabric? Planning policy is increasingly seeking to create places that are balanced – a balance between living and working. Should workplaces reflect these aspirations? If access to the internet means that our work place can be anywhere, what is the relevance of office buildlings? Can they bring social value to our cities, and how might they be delivered – market-led or using inventive and flexible planning policy?
This discussion focuses on the office space and the role architecture plays in reinforcing a corporate image or social function. Are these approaches serving different interests? What is the architect/developer’s responsibility to upholding a more socially responsible and balanced approach to the workplace.
Panelists include William Murray, Ziona Strelitz (Design Anthropologist, strategist & author) and Roger Zogolovitch(Lake Estates).
Aug 6 2013