Design Thinking

Where’s the Water Cooler—Is the Virtual Workplace Killing Office Culture?

Our publisher and editor in chief leads a panel about the changes happening in the workplace of the federal government.

US Consulate Surabaya, Indonesia. The influence of Indonesian culture is evident in the materials selected for the interiors.All photos courtesy DLR Group|Sorg|Westlake Reed Leskosky.For the past three years, Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis’s publisher and editor in chief, has been leading a series of discussions on key issues around human-centered design. On June 1, 2016 she talked with a panel of…

Venice’s “Common Ground” Gives Way to Common Edge

The Biennale would have been more effective in its aims if it highlighted the way seemingly divergent groups of ideologies already work together.

Later this month the 2012 Venice Architectural Biennale will come to a close, so perhaps now is a good time to reflect on this year’s theme of “common ground.” I traveled to Venice in October to check out some of the exhibits, which represented everything from abstract intellectual concepts to concrete solutions for the most stubborn challenges in planning and design…