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BOOKS

TECHNICAL & PRACTICE - UPDATE

Building Community in Buildings: The Design and Culture of Dynamic Workplaces Jana M Kemp and Ken Baker, Praeger, 2007, £27.95 Two non-architects look at how to create human and 'mindful' work environments which enable maximum productivity.

Though lengthy in places, the authors develop an interesting list of 'productivity variables' which both employers and employees can use to assess what makes a quality work environment.

Understanding the Construction Client David Boyd and Ezekiel Chinyio, Blackwell, 2006, £39.99 How to engage with today's multi-headed clients: property developers, government (NHS and Housing Associations), and airports, among others.

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