2012 Past Winners

    2012 Workplace of the Future

    What are the future workplace trends? How will the Workplace of the Future look and function? What are the fundamental purposes of the workplace?  The 2012 Fentress Global Challenge invited students to answer these questions through design.

    1st Place

    Chi Hsiao, Hung-Yu Lin, Po-Yu Chao
    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Citizenship: Taiwanese

    Agri Agency

    Instead of creating a fancy space, we are trying to construct a new kind of job integrating different roles of business system today via new technology in the possible future in this case. We already know the fact that internet and the technology beyond that are bringing us to a revolution of exploring for the unknown world, but we don't know is what exactly the possibility those might provide to reconstruct the world that we know.

    How can a virtual system fix the physical problems happening to the present world? Is that the new technology always can only makes the wealthy people richer because they are the one who have the resource to control it?

    2nd Place

    John Killock
    University of Westminster, London, England
    Citizenship: British


    Focused on reshaping the live/work spatial relationship as part of the third industrial revolution. The proposal organizes the building as three distinct zones – living, working and transition which are blurred through the use of flexible live and work modules sliding in and out of the transition zone as needed throughout the day.

    3rd Place

    Monika Wiecek
    University of Art, Poznan, Poland
    Citizenship: Polish


    The project explores the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology and computation, as the major problem of the future architecture will be evolutioning reality. The solution is to mimic the architecture of a plant, as plants have the innate ability to adapt to their unpredictable changing environment.

    Base on the idea that architecture can be understood as a material body with its own intrinsic and extrinsic forces relating to form, growth, and behawior, I decided to create the office space that combines the world of work, social life and other activities, with ability of frequent changes to adopt to new needs and human behaviour.