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Major Offices: New Positions in Sustainability
Major Offices: New Positions in Sustainability _ Herbert Wright
A headquarters (HQ) building governs the operations of an organisation, and so it is primarily an office building. However, the design may serve other functions, such as representing company values. The contemporary corporate environment owes much to the architectural history of offices, which has trended towards efficiency and enhancing the well-being of employees.
We consider four HQ buildings and campuses beyond the CBD. Acknowledging the climate emergency, we identify major overlooked issues of sustainability, particularly building offices that encourage car usage.
Adaptive Reuse with Historical Value
Adaptive Reuse with Historical Value _ Heidi Saarinen
Whilst our cities grow at phenomenal speed, many more existing buildings need to be seriously considered as potential keepers. Horizon lines are already dotted with cranes, evidence of continued fast ‘mushrooming’ construction, new building projects, new infrastructure and amenities for the ever-growing population.
There is a clear drift that shows more and more architects are seeking to work on existing, interesting, historically valuable buildings, in order to sensitively conserve, adapt and reuse. Saving architectural heritage and so also imperative cultural values, and place, through sympathetic reuse should be on top of the agenda.
Universities as Common Space?
Universities as Common Space? _ Francesco Zuddas
Over half a century has passed since 1968, yet reaching consensus as to what a university should be, and how it should position itself in the construction of democratic, liberal societies, is still a difficult task. Trapped between praise for its potential to nurture a knowledge-based economy, and accusations of complicity with the logics of commodification that have turned even education into a monetized service, the university was already declared an institution in ruins in the mid 1990s.
A warning must be sent out, to avoid these trends being treated, paradoxically, as the neutralized and normalized versions of ideas which were originally intended to disrupt the status quo of authoritarian, paternalistic education fifty years ago.