Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

“In this film, we hear various viewpoints about how ABW impacts the work environment at GLG,” explains Spirit of Space’s Adam Goss. “How technology enables the user, the psychology behind seating choice, how this new style of working helps achieve the company goals, and how, above all, the architectural design fosters all of this in an efficient and choreographed manner.”

Difficult Run Residence / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Project Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Westport River House / RUHL WALKER Architects

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Architects: RUHL WALKER Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

Emerson Process Management / HGA

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Architects: HGA
Location: , MN, USA
Architect In Charge: Chuck Cappellin, PE, LEED AP
Design Principal: Victor Pechaty, AIA
Project Team: Dan Peterson; Matt Dunbar; Dave Kippen, AIA; Chris Willette; Dana Hlebichuk, AIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Don Wong

Cambridge House / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Architect In Charge: Nick Winton, AIA
Consulting Principal: Alex Anmahian, AIA
Designer: Natalie Wong
Project Architect: Makoto Abe
Area: 6300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jane Messinger

Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects

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Architects: Overland Partners, WTW Architects
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Design Team: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP, Michelle Stedman, LEED AP, Jim Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, Frederick Williams, Fernando Ortega, Joshua Newton, Carolyn Warren, Rebecca Schenker, AIA
Area: 156000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Chris Cooper, Fernando Ortega, Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy

Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyr / Hodgetts + Fung

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Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
Location: JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL, 1200 Jacob Lane, , CA 95608, USA
Area: 10478.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Renzo Piano’s Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

Northeast corner. Image Courtesy of Field Condition

The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop‘s (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project – RPBW’s LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice’s soon-to-open Whitney Museum

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

Montee Karp Residence / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Bran Arifin Photography

Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

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Architects: Andrew Franz Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto

“Urban Platform” Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

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Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium’s  Open Room competition for their project “Urban Platform”.

One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Corning Museum of Glass / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, USA
Area: 100000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass

AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

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It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

February ABI Reports “Nominal Increase” in Design Activity

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The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to a healthy state, recovering from its first negative score in ten months. Showing a “nominal increase” in design activity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported February’s ABI at a score of 50.4, up from a mark of 49.9 in January. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month.

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Female Architects Earn 20 Percent Less Than Male Architects in US

Source: Table of 2013 American Community Survey estimates, U.S. Census Bureau

In 2013, there were 145,439 full-time, year-round architects in the United States - roughly 31,000 of which were women. Making up just over 21 percent of the workforce, these women were on average paid just 80 percent the salaries of their male counterparts, according to the latest statistics released by the US Census Bureau. This means the median income for male architects was $14,877 more than female architects. 

Windhover Contemplative Center / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: University, 450 Serra Mall, , CA 94305, USA
Principal In Charge : Joshua Aidlin (registered architect)
Principal: David Darling (registered architect)
Project Manager: Roslyn Cole (registered architect)
Project Designer: Kent Chiang
Project Team: Melinda Turner, Michael Pierry, Jeff LaBoskey
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matthew Millman Photography

Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

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Architects: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Anderson Photo, Courtesy of