Many architects design buildings which look fantastic, but if you remove the visual embellishments, they are not essentially different from the buildings built over the last 100 years – especially in terms of high-rise buildings. And this is probably not ideal in the twenty-first century.
We have to revolutionise office landscapes and think outside the box. We have to work out how modern office buildings ought to look today, and we can learn a lot from looking at how urban areas are organised into streets, squares and courtyards. We see a mixture of public and private spaces. The office of the future is not a large open room in which everyone is seated at a desk. Well over 50 per cent of all Internet data is delivered to mobile devices today, so the signs suggest that desktop PCs are fast becoming relics.
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