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Work Environments / DETAIL

We recently got to preview the newest addition to In DETAIL’s typological series, Work Environments: Spatial concepts, Usage strategies, Communications. It will be available next month (August 2011), and it is great for anyone who is interested in improving a user’s working conditions beyond the basic ergonomic and safety requirements. The first third of this volume deals with spatial organization, acoustics, lighting, and user satisfaction. The rest of the volume features projects from which the various concepts developed in the first third can be used to analyze them. I, personally, enjoyed the section on user satisfaction and how to measure it. After reading this section I speculated how researchers would control for the various confounding factors that exist in the uniqueness of each building presented in the rest of the book. This would not be an easy task by any means, but the necessity of such research is made clear throughout this volume. Read more after the break.

Video: Frank Barkow at the The Mackintosh School of Architecture

The Mackintosh School of Architecture recently made us aware that their Friday Lecture Series is available to watch online. We will be showcasing a few periodically over the next couple of weeks. This video titled Digital Kraftwerk features Frank Barkow discussing how digital technology is integrated into their design process and specifically their material research. Barkow’s firm Barkow Leibinger Architekten keeps their research arm fresh and innovative by highly involving students in the research and development phase.

Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec proposal / Barkow Leibinger Architekten with Barkow Leibinger Architects, Berlin with Imrey Culbert Architects

We have been featuring several proposal for the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec competition. Along with the winning project by OMA, we’ve featured proposals by Saucier + Perrotte Architects and the submission by BIG + Fugère Architectes. Today, Barkow Leibinger Architekten shared with us their proposal, done with NY based architects Imrey Culbert Architects. More images and architect’s description after the break.