Publications in Scientific Journals:
"The Legacy of Office Landscaping: SANAA's Rolex Learning Center";
IDEA Journal of the Interior Design - Interior Architecture Educator's Association,
In this text I relate the Rolex Learning Centre (RLC) at EPFL in Lausanne by Japanese architects SANAA to the
historic example of the Bürolandschaft [office landscape] invented by German management consultants Eberhard
and Wolfgang Schnelle in the late 1950s. In doing so I posit the RLC as the most advanced and most elaborate
contemporary example of a workplace architecture that mirrors the post-Fordist knowledge economy.
The text introduces the world´s first Bürolandschaft Buch und Ton for the Bertelsmann corporation: the design´s
political aspirations and the economic context in Post-War Germany, its cybernetic design method, as well as
strategic design decisions. I then discuss the interior economy of EPFL´s new architectural icon and how its interior
economy differs from the political and organisational aspiration of its post-war Europe inventors.
officel landscape, cybernetics
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