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Fabulous Ideas

A quality workplace is fundamental not only for better productivity but also for better exchange of ideas. Work and wellbeing: the interior space and the quality of the surroundings. In his book “Labour, work and architecture” (2002), talking about a Swedish car plant in the late 1970s, the architectural critic Kenneth Frampton says: “A feeling of almost deliberate isolation, in the physical and psychological sense, pervades the entire structure and site […] This is distressing ...

Expo and Work

At the end of March 2008, Milan was announced the winner in its bid, following Shanghai in 2010, to host the 2015 World Expo. With its theme of “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, Paolo Glisenti outlines to Twsm the exciting decade that is ahead for Milan. Milan beat the other candidate Izmir, a city in Turkey for the chance to host what is arguably the third largest event in the world in terms of economic and cultural impact. On its bid website, the Milan submission to the BIE (Inter...

More Technology, Less Labour

The increasing technological requirement of space, its corresponding scarcity, coupled to the need for flexibility will continue to set the tone for workplaces. Technologies and new methods of work influence office architectural design and facilities management in two apparently contradictory ways, the increasing technological requirement of the space and the potential physical reduction of it. Work is becoming more technology and less labour-intensive. Offices need to improve their ability ...

The History of Futurism

In 1909, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published the Futurist Manifesto in Paris. Somewhat predictable and vastly unrealistic, the manifesto includes two articles, 9 and 10, which were decidedly offensive. Futurism he, proclaimed, aimed “to glorify warfare, the sole means of cleansing the world, as well as militarism, patriotism, the destructive deeds of anarchists, fine and murderous ideas and contempt for women.” Moreover, Marinetti declared, “we aim to demolish museums and libraries, ...

Wellbeing and Workspaces

Environmental quality is a key factor for worker’s physical and psychological health, and workplace environment is a complex system where several factors do interact. We ask Renata Sias, Us-Ufficio Stile’s Editor from Sole 24 business media to provide insights into trends in our wellbeing. twsm How much does workplace quality weigh on employees’ attitude and productivity? rs The workspace must be considered a corporate asset, able to boost interaction, knowledge sharing and ...

Sustainable Design

Matteo Thun was awarded the Compasso d’Oro thrice for first-class design; was creator of the Side Hotel in Hamburg which was ‘Hotel of the year in 2001’. In 2004 he was inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame in New York. THE GENIUS LOCI In each project I’ve designed as a workspace (the latest TORTONA 37 and Hugo Boss’ Colderio for example), I’ve always been driven by genius loci, the notion that each building must fit its location, and express the soul of the place. I ...

Meeting with the Different

Twenty African immigrant men of varying ages sit at a twelve meter long transparent table creating an image that is reminiscent of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”. These men are wearing elegant and formal black dinner jackets that are deliberately made dusty, ill fitting and torn. Some are inappropriately shod, or are not wearing shoes at all. They eat whole pieces of chicken without cutlery in complete silence. This piece of performance art conveys sacredness while directing us to the ...

Finding Best Location

While governments at all levels worldwide compete to improve their cities’ quality of life, their planning agencies draw on experts who advise on those elements that determine a city’s ‘livability’. Filippo de Bortoli gives Twsm readers a quick guided tour of the globe’s new lifestyle locations of choice. Towards the end of May 2009, news went around the world that Times Square would become a traffic island. With a popularity-seeking decision, and elections approaching, New ...

Should Companies Care?

Aren’t employees happy just having a job? Why bother trying to create a great workplace? This line of thinking mistakenly assumes that a great place to work means paying higher salaries or offering extra benefits...The defining characteristic of a great place to work is trust between management and employees. Why should a company try to be a great place to work these days in the midst of the worst economic crisis in three generations? This is an obvious question if one thinks that a good ...

Singapore Passion & Style

Ideas for the office from the Salone Internazionale del Mobile held in Milan 2009: Singapore Mozaic, Pinker and Flexible Love. A fusion of east and west business practices, dynamic design capabilities and versatile production resources, characterize Singapore’s Mozaic brand. It brings together a collection of Singapore furniture companies that offer a diverse portfolio of consumer, business and specially crafted products. Passion for improving the world people live and work in, ...

Light, Sound and Nature

Researchers have discovered more and more about the importance of light for human health and well being. Global warming also requires the search for more sustainable solutions to our energy use in lighting. The acronym LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and the organizers of Euroluce, the Biennial International Lighting Exhibition in Milan in April 2009, believe that this technology can very much be eco-friendly. An example of such a solution comes from manufacturer Artemide with four ...

Naples Reviewed

Cosmopolitan, welcoming, mysterious, snobbish: an original and genuine portrait of the marvellous Mediterranean  center. Three Neapolitan citizens share their vision and experiences of the city they love so much. There is a saying in these parts: Where logic ends, Naples begins. Naples is a city of nonsense and contradictions. Placed in an amazing natural setting, but often neglected; immensely rich in historical and artistic treasures that its inhabitants almost take for granted; rooted ...