Sustainable and Connected: Challenges of Adopting Design Approach for Workplaces

Stephen T.F. POON¹

School of Media, Arts & Design, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Malaysia

Page 1 – 9   |   Vol. 5 No. 2 2020   |   Available online on 1 December 2020


This paper presents contextual factors that drive integration of sustainable design practices in the workplace. The objective is to study pro-environmental principles in the management of energy, resources, and interior designing to examine the advantages of sustainable workspace designs in enhancing health, productivity, and social engagement. Research scopes the conceptual definitions of sustainability to understand how human behaviours are linked to the
problem. Insights on workplace design strategies are discussed in a case study of American networking and tech conglomerate, Cisco Systems, Inc., to evaluate the potential of sustainable design applications in developing connected work cultures. Findings signify that beneficial aspects of environmental and social wellbeing are key motivations to adopt sustainable designs. In doing so, however, architectural and interior designers must surmount stakeholder perceptions in accepting and adopting workplace sustainability and implementation costs. To overcome these barriers, recommendations will focus on changing perceptions, educational and social responsibility initiatives.


Commercial Workplace, Environmental, Human-Centred Design (HCD), Office, Sustainability

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