The way we work in offices is constantly evolving. Long gone are the serried ranks of benches and cellular offices. They have been replaced with agile desk working, break out spaces and total flexibility of work place settings, or environments. The office has become part playground, part technical home but above all it is now a meeting place … a forum bringing together ideas. The panel will debate where we are now and how we will work in the future.
Plenary session 4
Thursday 11 May 2017, 13.30 - 14:00
NEW IN TOWN
Ole Scheeren is one of the architecture world’s original thinkers. His explorations take him beyond conventional boundaries and engage with culture, meaning and imagination. Ole’s work can be conceptual and theoretical, yet he has built some of the most thought-provoking buildings of our age. We are delighted that Ole is contributing to the conference.
Plenary session 5
Thursday 11 May 2017, 14:00 - 14:45
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OFFICE LOCATION?
Old perceptions of the City and west end as locations are being blown apart by the rise of the ‘Tech’ industries. Now all the old rules have been questioned and anyone can go anywhere. Moves to the previously less developed East End and West to Battersea which seemed inconceivable only a few years ago are now common place. The impact of Crossrail and HS2 will fundamentally change people’s perception of what makes a good office location. Perceptions are changing and the panel will debate the effect this is having on the map of London.
Plenary session 6
Thursday 11 May 2016, 14:45 - 15:45
THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE
The focus for far too long has been on the building itself rather than the people who use them. Is there finally a move away from fan-coils and a re-think about natural ventilation? Saving energy and applying science to facades is now the new normal as is the re-use of existing buildings. The recent trend has been for ‘Wellness’ now on everyone’s lips but, is it all it’s cracked up to be? We will examine the ‘trouble’ with Wellness in its drive for us to rethink the way we look after our people. There are many forces pushing us to rethink the environmental question. The focus must be to look at the individuals rather than the corporation.
Plenary session 7
Thursday 11 May 2016, 16:30 - 17:00
PLOTTING THE FUTURE
“There are lies, damn lies and architects perspectives!” In the age before computers, architects where regularly in trouble for getting their hand drawn perspectives completely wrong. Thankfully, those days are long gone and now we have some of the most sophisticated tools in the world to help us place our ideas and see what they look like without false truths. Today there is no hiding place! Prepare to see computerised London as you have never seen it before!
Plenary session 8
Thursday 11 May 2017, 17:00 - 18:00
Where on earth do we go from here? What does the future hold for the professions involved in the built environment? There is now a growing cross-over between the technology involved with the virtual world and that in the real world. We are at the beginning of a radical journey into the future beyond our imagination. What used to be science fiction is here now spanning the gap between Hollywood blockbuster and real world communities. We will explore the future and the un-thinkable!