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The Secret Life of Buildings

Work (Season 1, Episode 2)
TV Episode | Documentary

Our workplace - from schools to offices and factories - should inspire us, motivate us and bring out the best of our abilities. But are these spaces doing just the opposite? Tom Dyckhoff makes some revelatory and shocking discoveries about...See moreOur workplace - from schools to offices and factories - should inspire us, motivate us and bring out the best of our abilities. But are these spaces doing just the opposite? Tom Dyckhoff makes some revelatory and shocking discoveries about how the buildings in which we spend our working life can physically change our brain, and shows why open-plan offices are bad spaces to work in. Armed with this new knowledge, Dyckhoff meets and challenges pre-eminent architects including Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid to re-evaluate their creations. He brings them face-to-face with the people who use their buildings every day. He even tries working in their buildings himself while taking part in an experiment to measure the impact on his brain. What do the results show about working in these spaces? Have we become so obsessed with iconic exteriors that we've stopped thinking about the people inside them? And is it possible to design a building that makes us feel happy while making us more productive too? Written by Anonymous See less
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Updated Aug 8, 2011

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2011 (United Kingdom)

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15 cast members
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Tom Dyckhoff
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Alvaro Campo
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Jason Forbes
Self - Architect Self - Architect   See fewer
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Zaha Hadid
Self - Architect Self - Architect   See fewer
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Tim Holmes
Self - Psychologist (as Dr Tim Holmes) Self - Psychologist (as Dr Tim Holmes)   See fewer
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Paul Keedwell
Self - Psychiatrist, Cardiff University (as Dr Paul Keedwell) Self - Psychiatrist, Cardiff University (as Dr Paul Keedwell)   See fewer
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Michael Kohn
Self - Architect Self - Architect   See fewer
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Karl Lagerfeld
Self - Chanel Self - Chanel   See fewer
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Jorge Prendas
Self - Head of Education Self - Head of Education   See fewer
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Richard Rogers
Self - Architect Self - Architect   See fewer
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Alix Slater
Self - Sociologist, University of East London (as Dr Alix Slater) Self - Sociologist, University of East London (as Dr Alix Slater)   See fewer
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Jack Bowman
Annoying Office Worker (uncredited) Annoying Office Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Genevieve Sibayan
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James Tweedy
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