Knowledge

Plunder our brains and the brains of global experts in our Knowledge section. Find out the latest news, trends and ideas across every area of design thinking and practice including interiors, buildings, precincts and cities.


Work, Learn, Heal
29 May 2017

The Location Equation

By Darren Bilborough

Why the daily commute should be a key factor in office decision making…

When selecting an office, after questioning size and cost the next biggest issue often relates to concerns around commuting.

Architexture
24 May 2017

Maximizing workforce engagement: the corporate conundrum

By Michael Cooper

Countless surveys indicate that an engaged workforce is more productive and profitable. Yet maximising employee engagement has become one of the 21st century’s biggest corporate conundrums, with alarming statistics showing far more than 80 per cent of staff lack workplace engagement.

Place Creation
23 May 2017

Office buildings and the work spaces within…

By Darren Bilsborough

Can one overcome the limitations of the other?

People have been talking about the demise of the office for years now. But personally, I have yet to find an acceptable substitution for face-to-face communication.

Work, Learn, Heal
21 May 2017

Face values

By Pete Kempshall

You can’t ever underestimate the value of face-to-face interaction. The benefits are many: you can bounce ideas off others, unlocking creativity that might not otherwise be accessed via email or text; you can gain more information when negotiating a deal; or you can simply gauge whether someone really likes that idea you floated. There’s just no substitute for being able to read someone’s body language.

Architexture
20 May 2017

Those who don’t learn from history…

By Michael Cooper

Following a year of Hames Sharley’s 40th anniversary celebrations we investigate a handful of methods on how best to use the lessons of the past to influence future projects…

Work, Learn, Heal
20 May 2017

Mercedes-Benz Continues its Assault on Tesla’s Energy Storage Solutions

By Vanessa McDaid

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has made its promised entry into the home energy storage market in the UK, taking on Tesla and its Powerwall, according to a recent article in Road Show.

Work, Learn, Heal
19 May 2017

The power of attraction

By Darren Bilsborough

With certain employment areas suffering from a well-documented skills shortage, it’s more important than ever to attract and retain good staff. One of the key ways to do this – clearly – is to make your office as appealing a space as possible. But where do you start?

Place Creation
19 May 2017

The Roadmap to Power – Solar Panels and Battery Storage to Lead the Way

By Vanessa McDaid

The CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia have just released a new plan to secure Australia’s energy supply, reduce our bills and reduce our emissions to zero by the middle of the century. Their roadmap relies upon a coordinated approach by the states in order to potentially save Australians AUD$1 billion by 2050 and cut residential power bills by an average of $414 annually.