Archinect - News 2014-10-20T09:31:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98679839/how-hbo-recreated-the-studiedly-zany-offices-of-silicon-valley How HBO Recreated The Studiedly Zany Offices Of "Silicon Valley" Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T18:48:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/caa908dd6c2f0fd15436b89ea1c96a51.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley is a meticulously researched show [...] and the work spaces that appear on screen are no exception. Production designer Richard Toyon, the man responsible for the visual storytelling, called up friends all over Silicon Valley to get a peek inside the offices of Facebook, Google, Zynga, and others. Security often prevented Toyon from taking pictures inside the buildings, so he made due with mental notes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98088984/our-cubicles-ourselves-how-the-modern-office-shapes-american-life Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3f7d30dfedb18fb895ac37f81ac071e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And hierarchies don&rsquo;t disappear when you place everyone at a communal table or &ldquo;superdesk&rdquo;; they persist in more subtle modes of workplace interaction. I suspect that people thrown into open plans might even miss their cubicles. And there are features of cubicles&mdash;such as the need to partition wide spaces&mdash;that I suspect will continue to be useful and never go away; these needs precede the invention of the cubicle itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the development of the American workplace in Archinect's feature article, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</em></a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87912010/from-apple-to-amazon-the-new-monuments-to-digital-domination From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination Alexander Walter 2013-12-02T13:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:46:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/rabtw470qfx47jlf.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The simple logic: Individuals who collaborate are creative. Consequently, all boundaries must disappear, including floors and walls. Private offices no longer exist, not even for top management. The open creative playground is the prevailing fundamental design of the digital economy. Those who don't already have it, have to create it. Stragglers like Microsoft, Yahoo and SAP are gutting their buildings and eliminating many offices.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Read more about workplace design in the knowledge economy in Archinect's latest <em>Aftershock</em> feature, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87007332/winners-of-the-workplace-of-the-future-competition Winners of the Workplace of the Future Competition Justine Testado 2013-11-20T19:26:00-05:00 >2013-11-21T13:32:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6gbpn620kgcxa364.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results are in for the Workplace of the Future Design Competition, presented by Metropolis and Business Interiors by Staples. The design competition questions the blurred definition of the workplace and the present-day possibility that work can be done just about anywhere now, with wireless and cloud technology readily available. With this in mind, entrants were challenged to design an ideal workspace fit for the mobile work environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The jury, which featured Tom Krizmanic &mdash; a principal at STUDIOS Architecture &mdash; and other esteemed members in leading corporations, selected three winning projects:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a01wmuo5ai8wrob2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; First place: Vertical Flux: The Office Tower as Fluctuating Atmospheres by Joseph Filippelli</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n3/n37b8sbu8uyh5h7s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Runner-up (Second place): CoLAB by Eckhart, team: Teun van den Dries, Frank van Haalen, Britt Brijder, Sander Mulders, Pauline Quast</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/igac6yz42bpd5iz7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; Honorable mention (Third place): NEXUS: The locomotion of business by Sara Willhoite, Angie Tjisnoyo, Matthew Ford, Mina Lee</p> <p> All images courtesy of <em>Metropolis</em>.</p> <p> For a more in-depth look into the competition, check out <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/November-2013/Office-Upgrades/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent article</a> from <em>Metropolis</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85763656/hitoshi-abe-on-place-making-and-layered-formalism-at-ucla Hitoshi Abe on place-making and layered formalism at UCLA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-05T17:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampgqunhifahzxce.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can we understand a place, and seek to define it? What elements do we identify as components of that place, and how do they interact with each other? In a recent lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hitoshi Abe, chair of <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA&rsquo;s Architecture and Urban Design department</a>, approached these questions through a study of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106328/atelier-hitoshi-abe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Hitoshi Abe</a>, his design practice located in both Los Angeles and Sendai, Japan. Drawing on Japanese ideas of place-making, Abe conceptualizes his structures not as monoliths of positive and negative spaces, but as a system of layers that collectively define the building.</p> <p> The concepts of &ldquo;space&rdquo; and &ldquo;place&rdquo;, as conceived by Japanese philosopher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaro_Nishida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kitaro Nishida</a>, are part of the objective reality that an individual uses to define themselves -- but instead of that objective reality being based on discrete physical forms, the sense of self arises from a reactive relationship with the space, rather than in opposition to it*. Highlighting internati...</p>