Theme - THE BUSINESS PLAN
13th EDITION OF TRANSPARENCE- "The Business Plan ", curated by Ar. Naresh Narasimhan.
The Indian workspace is undergoing dramatic changes with Indian millennials spending the most amount of time in their offices compared to their global peers, working an average of 52 hours per week! Emergence of many new “start-ups”, affordability, distance and time for travel- are some of the other factors that are crying out for a change in the way we look at and design our work spaces. Flexibility, need-based space requirement, dynamic spaces that are inspiring both during the day and night, spaces that allow for collaboration – these are some of the ingredients that would make for an apt office space today. Transparence 2018 looks to redefine the way business spaces have been conventionally looked at. Let’s get down to business!
STEP 1: BUSINESS AS USUAL
Explore work spaces across the world for better design choices.
Since the dawn of the white-collar age, office prototypes have been a habitual dilemma. There has been a historical shift in values and lifestyles and hence a shift in workplace environments over the last decade. With people spending more and more time in their workplace (wherever that may be), the modern workplace has become flexible and human-centric. While companies like Google and Facebook are revolutionizing the way office buildings and workplaces are conceived, some also believe traditional workstations maintain employees’ attention spans, productivity, and provide a clear schism to separate work from leisure. Are the days of workspaces being limited to a cubicle and meetings to a conference room over?
STEP 2: THE WORKS!
Explore different scales and types of workspaces like start-ups, accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces etc. with respect to business philosophy
Cities and buildings are changing in tandem with work and work styles. Significant factors, including a younger workforce and innovation-driven nature of business, mean that building typologies are being challenged both in form and provision. The lines are blurring between an office and a home. The revolution that started changing the workplace layout in the early 1990s has spread now to buildings and campuses. Instead of businesses owning or occupying large office buildings, more companies are shifting towards shared work centres and self-sustaining vertical work towns.
STEP 3: ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
Study user patterns with respect to site and context
STEP 4: BUSINESS & PLEASURE
- Who are the users and where are they coming from?
- What are the interactions the users have in and around the site?
- How do you ensure productivity, safety and well-being?
Exploring dynamic spaces with respect to time of day, day of week, time of year
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy!
STEP 5: GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
The workplace is evolving faster than ever before and we must pioneer the new office design movement. A one-size-fits-all workplace does not do justice to the multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational workforce. Old ways are being set aside, and new-age solutions are being criticized. The challenge is to program and reinvent our offices into a modern workspace that are inclusive and take into account the various parameters which makes up the human construct.
We must question the current archetype of the office building and work environment. Shall we break out of the box? What is the box in the first place?
Now that we have understood what offices have looked like in the past, the kinds of offices, the user and his needs, it’s time to get down to business!