Spaces for Innovation—The
Design and Science of Inspiring
By Kursty Groves Knight and Oliver Marlow
"Spaces for Innovation—The Design and Science of Inspiring
Environments" is a research-based book about the relationship
between the physical design of working environments and levels
of creativity and innovation.
The conversation around the impact of the physical environment on workplace behavior
has progressed over the past few years. This evolution has been guided by the changes in
the way we work and the increasing importance of creativity in many different fields.
"Spaces for Innovation" identifies the physical characteristics of workspaces that are
associated with potential for exceptional innovation and determines why they have such an
effect. A basic framework for the design of advanced environments, a “pattern language,”
and a practical tool, this book can be used in analyzing ways to enhance physical space in
the pursuit of innovation.
In addition, "Spaces for Innovation" acts as a pattern guide, providing context,
examples, inspiration, and direction to help businesses explore and understand
Revered Vancouver-based architect Bing Thom—
known for his work in both
North America and Asia—
passed away suddenly last
month at the age of 75.
One of Thom’s most well-
known works—if not the most
well-known—is the $135 million
Arena Stage company’s Mead
Center for American Theater project, located on the southwestern
waterfront in Washington, D.C. His work has been lauded as
transformative for the theater, giving a new, refreshed personality to
“I sometimes analogize a city to a string of pearls,” Thom told The New
York Times in 2010, not long after the Mead Center was completed. “As
an architect I’m as interested in the string as in the pearls.”
Born in Hong Kong, Thom fled to Canada with his family to escape
communist forces in 1949. He studied architecture at the University of
British Columbia in Vancouver and the University of California, Berkeley
in the 1960s, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees,
respectively. He went on to teach architecture at the University of Singapore
and then traveled to Tokyo where he studied under architect Fumihiko
Maki. He returned to Vancouver to take a job with Arthur Erickson in the
early '70s and left in 1982 to open his own firm, Bing Thom Architects.
Two of Thom’s innovative Hong Kong projects, the Xiqu Center for
the Performing Arts and the University of Chicago Center, a satellite
location, are yet to be completed. He was also planning urban
developments in Silver Spring, Md., and Fort Worth, Texas, and had
master plans for entire cities in China.
He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Koo, and two brothers,
Wayne and Gene.
Bing Thom (1941-2016)
A model of the Arena Stage Theater Expansion in Washington, D.C.
The industry says
goodbye to an