A highly promising round-table discussion, whose title is 'How architecture affects behaviour - from the static box to the dynamic environment' - will take place between the Danish architect Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN, the Dutch architect Emma Rost from VMX Architects, Burkhard Remmers from the German office-furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn, and Andreas Störiko, the German product designer. At the heart of the debate is what we currently understand by the apparently outdated notion of 'ergonomics'. Despite the sophistication of technology and the decrease in the strain on the body, cases of illness are on the rise: a problem Wilkhahn has been tackling for years and which Burkhard Remmers will talk about.
Kim Herforth Nielsen will, in his talk, look at the ways architects might be able to influence the creation of an ergonomic work environment. Serving as an example is the recently completed Head Office of the Middelfart Savings Bank, a regional bank designed by 3XN, which has already picked up several awards for Denmark's best workplace.
The event takes place on 11 February 2011 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm in Seminar Room K14.
Further interesting seminars include:
'Identity Disorder' with this year's Guest of Honour Arik Levy, 9 February, 11.00am to 12.00 noon, K1
'A Green (Furniture) Statement' with Johan Behrin, 11 February, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, K14
'The Power of Sustainable Design' with Majken Bülow, European Sustainability Manager, 9 February, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, K14