Workplace Trends
Recommended Reading

A selection of our favourite reading matter, much of it authored by our associates and speakers. We hope you enjoy them!

The Elemental Workplace

14 Patterns of Biophilic Design
Bill Browning

Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important. Theorists, research scientists, and design practitioners have been working for decades to define aspects of nature that most impact our satisfaction with the built environment. “14 Patterns of Biophilic Design” articulates the relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment so that we may experience the human benefits of biophilia in our design applications.

Biophilia in Context looks at the evolution of biophilic design in architecture and planning and presents a framework for relating the human biological science and nature. Design Considerations explores a sampling of factors (e.g., scale, climate, user demographics) that may influence biophilic design decisions to bring greater clarity to why some interventions are replicable and why others may not be. The Patterns lays out a series of tools for understanding design opportunities, including the roots of the science behind each pattern, then metrics, strategies and considerations for how to use each pattern. This paper moves from research on biophilic responses to design application as a way to effectively enhance health and well-being for individuals and society.

The Digital Renaissance of Work
Paul Miller

This publication explores how digital tools are changing our work and our lives more dramatically than we know.

The book explains how companies can harness the power of their digital workplaces to create great value, and identifies how the rest are rapidly falling behind.

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind

  • The first book to challenge the relevance of the professions in the 21st century
  • Describes how technology will transform the work of all professionals
  • Urges readers to rethink the way that expertise is shared in society
  • Builds on 30 years of research and practical work
  • Presents ground-breaking thinking on the future of work and artificial intelligence
  • Outlines the people and systems that, in the long term, will replace the professions

Improving Office Productivity: A Practical Guide for Business and Facilities Managers (Chartered Institute of Building)

Nigel Oseland and Paul Bartlett

Improving Office Productivity is the result of a government-sponsored research project designed to explore the links between human productivity and the quality of the indoor environment. It provides a software-based approach to identifying productivity priorities and includes 30 targeted action recommendations for addressing them.

The book forms a concise guide for facilities managers who want to improve productivity within their offices, and includes practical guidance which can be readily understood by managers in the field. The recommended techniques, advice and best practice will help office-based businesses increase their productivity and so make more effective use of their resources.

Future Work (Expanded and Updated): Changing organizational culture for the new world of work

Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson

The way we work is overdue for change. This newly updated guide to the challenges you will face in the 21st century world of work sets out a compelling case for change in organizational cultures and working practices to boost output, cut costs, give employees more freedom over how they work and contribute to a greener economy.

Biomimicry in Architecture

Michael Pawlyn

When searching for genuinely sustainable building design and technology – designs that go beyond conventional sustainability to be truly restorative – we often find that nature got there first. Over 3.5 billion years of natural history have evolved innumerable examples of forms, systems, and processes that can be applied to modern green design.

Aimed at architects, urban designers and product designers, this new edition of Biomimicry in Architecture looks to the natural world to achieve radical increases in resource efficiency. Packed with case studies predicting future trends, this edition also contains updated and expanded chapters on structures, materials, waste, water, thermal control and energy, as well as an all-new chapter on light.

An amazing sourcebook of extraordinary design solutions, Biomimicry in Architecture is a must-read for anyone preparing for the challenges of building a sustainable and restorative future.

BCO Guide to Post Occupancy Evaluation
Nigel Oseland

The relationship between office space and business performance has been a keenly researched theme of the BCO since the publication in 2005 of “The Impact of Office Design on Business Performance”. Building upon the conclusions of this seminal research report, this new guide is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of POE and to make it accessible to the occupiers, developers and designers by providing practical advice on how they can instigate their POE studies.