Now
What workers want: workplace culture
London is global centre of workplace innovation, with a fast-moving culture of work and workspace. Ziona Strelitz encapsulates its essence in a pithy op ed in New London Quarterly’s issue for Autumn 2018. Shaping London’s Workspace: User Culture draws on ZZA’s deep knowledge of UX:Space from our user research and workplace evaluations to posit six essential Cs of now culture: Choice, Community, Connection, Character, Convenience and Control.
POE at Broadgate
ZZA’s commission by Make Architects to research the effectiveness of their design of 5 Broadgate, the 65,300m² building developed by British Land, is now complete. The objective was to evaluate the building in terms of user experience, and the study was facilitated by excellent buy-in from the large banking organisation that occupies the space.
Kings Place birthday
The game-changing mixed use Kings Place building has just turned 10! Often known as ‘The Guardian building’, its powerful mix of workplace and cultural uses have made it a compelling London venue. As concept and space strategists on its development, ZZA were proud and thrilled to join in celebrating its decade of success.
Learning from London
Working across ZZA's wide range of sectors and client organisations, we’re well poised to tailor briefings to project and group objectives. We have just led a series of briefing visits by Finnish built environment professionals, including architects and engineers from the City of Helsinki, covering a wide spectrum of learning from London - Crossrail, municipal housing, and White Collar Factory.
Summer 2018
The Future of work + the workplace
Ziona Strelitz chairing Worktech Paris 2018. Important topics, including: neighbourhoods; neuro-arhcitecture + multi-sensory design. Great speaker line-up. Great venue: WeWork Lafayette.
Student space: researching informal environments
Building on our rich repertoire of research in student spaces, ZZA has evaluated a new Student Union building at University of the West of England's large Frenchay campus (29,000 students). Like ZZA's Post Occupancy Evaluations of other informal student environments, this covers the the building's mosaic of functions + spaces, how they're used + what they're like to operate. The expanding repertoire of these studies enriches our insight and the scope to compare across case-studies. Learning from our Post Occupancy Evaluations of two other informal student environments - the LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and of LSE LIFE - were presented in May at The Design & Management of Learning Environments Conference.
Analysing design evolution: process review
ZZA is reputed for our work on Post Occupancy Evaluation - researching building performance after construction. A separate knowledge strand concerns the process of building realisation. Furthering ZZA's previous research on design + construction procurement, and our writing on design management, we are currently undertaking a process review with Grafton Architects + other core disciplines in the team producing the LSE's new Paul Marshall Building on Lincoln's Inn Fields.
Out + about: learning from the Nordics
One of ZZA's strengths has always been the breadth of reference buildings we leverage from our comparative research, judging awards + international visits. Our continued investment in our pool of exemplars + good practice includes valuable ideas from recent trips to the Nordics.