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Workspaces that move people
Transcript of Workspaces that move people
workspace design to foster
offices that include
such as laundry service, supermarkets, gym/ swimming pool, sleeping spaces etc)
different working habits: some people need their own private space, feel uncomfortable in open offices
Workspaces That Move People
Workspaces That Move People
Harvard Business Review Oct 2014
by Ben Waber, Jennifer Magnolfi and Greg Lindsay
The New Science of Building Great Teams
Alex "Sandy" Pentland
new office designs promoting that
that open spaces increase performance and revenue?
successful teams share several defining characteristics:
1. talking and listening in roughly equal measure.
2. facing one another, energetic conversations and gestures.
3. connecting directly (not just with team leader)
4. back-channel/ side conversations
5. break, exploring outside the team, bring information back.
people talk to one another
talks with whom
people move around the office
they spend time
find out more about
three key elements of successful communication:
main finding: spaces can even be designed to produce specific performance outcomes:
What about digital communication? Do we even need face-to-face interaction anymore?
-> data show that digital communication can’t replace face-to-face interaction, remote teams don’t perform as well as those in physical proximity
proof: development of coworking spaces
The Allen curve
strong negative correlation between physical distance and frequency of communication
Google’s latest proposal for its Mountain View headquarters.
Skullcandy Offices in Zurich
People are social beings, we need interaction and enjoy "gossiping" with others. An open office design follows therefore our natural habit
“Instead of having buildings
as these boxes with walls and floors,
dissolve the building into a simple,
Creating, in effect, a piece of glass fabric and draping it across some tent poles.”
New Science of Building Great Teams
A Reconfigurable Building
Inside the proposed Charleston South structure, the building segments function like furniture that can be rearranged.
Google's employees will be able to work outdoors, while the public can play in the park or volunteer to work at the community gardens.
The canopy lifts up to allow the public "Green Loop"—a circuit for bikes and pedestrians—to travel through the building. Cafes and shops will be on the lower levels.
The untraditional roofs blur the distinction between inside and out.
Consolidated parking will be located below the building. In lieu of outdoor parking lots, the plan calls for revitalizing native ecosystems, including wetlands.
The Public Plaza