Room with a VDU

P. ​​Atkinson, Room with a VDU: The Development of the ‘Glass House ’in the Corporate Workplace. Interiors, 5 (1): 2014: 89-115.


This article argues that the presentation of early computer technology and its reception by the public had a causal effect on the design of computer products. It is also argued that the desire to show computers in operation led to the emergence and proliferation of the ‘glass house’, a particular element of the commercial interior landscape of the 1960s and 1970s.


This article posits that the widespread adoption of the glass house led to the growth of a range of subsidiary industries, as well as having a lasting impact on the perception and reception of computers in the workplace and attitudes towards the specialist staff involved in their maintenance.


A text only version of this article can be downloaded here.
The full article can be accessed from Taylor & Francis.