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Back to the Office

50 revolutionary office buildings and how they sustained

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Addresses the Post-covid workplace, and opens new insights about sustainability, longevity, and high-quality architecture

> Shows unique over-time development of iconic office projects by SOM, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen, Herman Hertzberger, Oscar Niemeyer, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier, Kenzo Tange and many others, spread across four continents
>Provides a profound image based history of office architecture which is targeted towards practice
> Includes contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Herman Hertzberger, Keigo Koyabashi Lab, Manfredo di Robilant, Shaun Fynn, amongst others

Able to work anywhere – and in unpredictable times, often forced to – we have a tortured relationship with the office today. Desperate to work again in physically shared spaces, we are also now questioning whether offices – and the demanding, alienating rhythms they impose on us – are needed at all.

Offices themselves labour under intolerable forces too: twenty-first-century building regulations suggest redesigning them every seven-to-ten years, managerial strategies typically shift every five years, and employees churn every two. As a result, offices are torn down, stripped out, rethought and renewed with alarming frequency. 

With the future of our workspaces so uncertain, Back to the Office works overtime inside the revolutionary offices of the twentieth century, and asks what endured from their architecture, their materials, and the ideologies of work they embodied.

Using before-and-after photography, archival documents, contemporary interviews and critical essays, this book engages corporations, architects, workers, building managers, regulators and others – all in search of the lessons we need to learn from a very recent time when there was an unambivalent enthusiasm for office life.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-652-4 | November 2021 | expected | Stephan Petermann, Ruth Baumeister | design: Marieke van den Heuvel | English | 24 x 32 cm | 500 pages | illustrated (300 full color) | with support from: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Abe Bonnema Stichting, Danish Arts Council, Dreyers Fond, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilee Fond, Aarhus School of Architecture, Knowlton School of Architecture

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