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Futureproofing Buildings Requires Consideration Of The Only Constant – Humans

The office is a rapidly evolving space. Technology is simultaneously being introduced, replaced and rejected in this dynamic environment trying to find its best form. An office may host a wide variety of different organizations, departments and people at any one time and over the course of its lifetime, each with different characteristics and objectives. This creates a fundamental problem, how do we construct a building the will stand the test of time, considering its diverse and unknown needs? “This is a critical question,” says Ken Shuttleworth, founder of London-based Make Architects and recently elected president of the British Council for Offices. “Buildings on the drawing board now will have employees working in them that aren’t even born yet, so developers need to think smarter. In 2017 the infrastructure of a building is more important than the structure itself. We need to provide the means to easily upgrade and adapt the building to make it […]

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