Friday, June 2, 2017

Building design + Construction: How tech companies are rethinking the high-rise workplace




Tencent headquarters © Terrence Zhang, courtesy NBBJ


Editor’s Note: This post, adapted from a talk delivered at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2016 China Conference on October 18, 2016, in Shenzhen, was originally published by NAIOP.
Seventy percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This is a dramatic change over one and a half generations, and it will require us to rethink how we build our cities.
At the same time, many tech companies — Amazon, Tencent, Google, Samsung and others — are infusing digital technology into how cities are built and operated. They’re introducing different thinking about what defines a high-rise and a city.
The traditional high-rise building paradigm is simplistic: stacked floor plates, disconnected from each other, with little integration of technology and disconnected from the life of the city, except as an urban icon or a passive lens from which to look out. Most tech companies, however, as well as companies in other industries, are looking for a more social workplace, more interaction between employees and a work experience that reflects their brand. Cities are also changing, as they toss off the “inner city” stigmas of the previous generation and become places to live, work and play. As a result, the high-rise building paradigm needs to change into something more porous and highly networked.

More:

https://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/how-tech-companies-are-rethinking-high-rise-workplace



Friday, May 26, 2017

designboom: MVRDV's elevated skygarden opens on former highway in seoul



MVRDV's elevated skygarden opens on former highway in seoul


weaving its way through the urban landscape of seoul, south korea, a new skygarden realized by MVRDV has been built on a former inner city highway. named ‘seoullo’, the public 983-meter-long park has been planted with 50 families of greenery, including trees, shrubs and flowers displayed in 645 tree pots, collecting around 228 species and sub-species.

more:

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/mvrdv-seoullo-skygarden-opens-in-seoul-05-22-2017/

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