Factories for creativity

Every day millions of people around the world go to one place: the office. Why? Technology has freed knowledge workers from the commute and the cubicle, and no one has their best ideas at their desk – and we’ll all be replaced by robots soon anyway. But the office continues to occupy a hallowed place in the corporate mindset and, if anything, a company’s premises are becoming even more essential to its identity and culture. In this article for issue 03 of The Possible, the thought leadership magazine that my company Wordmule produces for WSP, I explored the future of the workplace in an AI era.

The trouble with brilliance

Architecture and engineering are both fixated on the idea of genius. Could this be the source of their enduring gender imbalance? I interviewed psychologist Andrei Cimpian about the implications of a groundbreaking piece of research.

The piece appeared in issue 03 of The Possible, the thought leadership magazine I edit for WSP.

Graphic featured in an interview with Andrei Cimpian in The Possible 03

The Possible issue 03

Out now: the latest issue of The Possible, the 72-page thought leadership magazine that my company Wordmule produces for global engineering company WSP. I plan, commission, write and edit the content; my partner Nick Jones takes care of production, and the design is by our long-time collaborator Sam Jenkins at Supermassive. Cover artwork by Noma Bar.

In this issue: the pursuit of wellness, the future of the workplace, how digital modelling is changing building design, gender equality in architecture, and what on earth are humans going to do when robots can outperform us at our jobs?

Cover of The Possible issue 03