An interesting UK TV programme on Channel 4 last night – “The Secret Life of Buildings – Work” – explored the impact of architecture on motivation, control, etc… Whilst it was a bit evangelical – not everything about trust and control in organisations is caused by the design of the buildings – it was an interesting set of ideas and illustrations.

Architecture can both mirror and mould a corporate culture. (Having said that, a great corporate culture can produce trust and productivity in a lousy building – whilst the opposite is unlikely to be true.)

One point they did not address was how work environments can support virtual working. Open plan offices can be very noisy for people who are working through technology such as audio conference or video. If individuals are more connected in their work with people in different locations, then the design of their space around should reinforce their ability to connect individually with people in different locations. I’ve not yet seen any research that focuses on this challenge.

Note: The link that originally appeared on this post has been removed. However, a video from the series, about how environment affects brain activity, can be seen here:

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Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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