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March 10, 2016

New Film Project: Workplace


I’m excited to announce a new film project I’m working on for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Workplace is a documentary about the future of the office. It looks at the thinking, innovation, and experimentation involved in trying to create the next evolution of what the office could be.

The film follows the design and construction of the New York headquarters of digital agency R/GA (in collaboration with architects Foster + Partners) who have been experimenting for the past 18 months with how physical and digital space can better interact. Digital technology has radically changed how and where most of us work, but the physical spaces we work in haven’t kept up with that transformation.

R/GA’s Bob Greenberg looks at an office model.

The theme of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is “Reporting from the Front”. As Biennale director Alejandro Aravena explains, “There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. We will present cases and practices where creativity was used to take the risk to go even for a tiny victory, because when the problem is big, just a one-millimeter improvement is relevant.”

Hundreds of millions of human beings spend billions of hours in offices every day (you might be sitting in one as you read this). How can we make them better places for people to work and collaborate? What’s the next wave of digital tools to connect the office, the city, and the planet? How has the office evolved over the last 100 years? And do we even need offices anymore?

Workplace will premiere at the Biennale, where it will be screening daily from May 25 to November 27. I’ll be posting more details about the film and its cast soon, and we’re planning a really unique screening experience at our exhibition in Venice. There will be special screenings in other cities this summer, along with a global internet release. Sign up on our mailing list (bottom of this page) or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to watch as we finish the film.