Digital Overload

Book Launch Future Work Forum authors “Digital Overload” examining the negative effects of modern communications technology on its users

Brexit Message

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The reality of Brexit is as yet undetermined as is the effect of the disruption to the geo-political equilibrium to the US approach to international affairs. The full force of the changes arising from our progress into the fourth industrial revolution is becoming more apparent in the form of artificial intelligence, automated vehicles and cyber physical systems. The prospect of machines taking over many human functions will alter the type of environments we make. The rise of the “millenials” changes the atmosphere of our workplaces and designers need to be acutely aware of these changes in order not to build in obsolescence in their designs at the earliest stage. Chadwick International has led the way for many years and is working on new concepts at the interface between the real and virtual worlds.

Outstanding International Design Project of the Year 2016

Shimoga Win-1

 

Chadwick International and Buro Happold win “Outstanding International Design Project of the Year 2016” award from British Expertise International, an NGO chaired by the Duke of Gloucester for their seminal aircon-less 1,000 person in Shimoga, India.

Essentially this ground-breaking building cuts out all direct sunlight eliminating solar gain, harvests natural daylight, self-ventilates through its atrium, directs the monsoon winds through it parametrically designed sunscreens and yet retains all the characteristics of a modern, deep-plan building.

The gardens are planned to control the temperature of the air entering the building and eliminate pollution from vehicles in immediate proximity to the building.  Temperature reductions of 5-6˚ are achieved, significant with summer temperatures in the 30’s.

The natural ventilation makes for a very pleasant working environment and one that is particularly economic given that there are no mechanical services required other than the punkas to stir the air.

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