There have been a number of recent articles that point to the ills of open office space. These often take a Fox News approach (no relation) which is often myopic and fails to adequately balance the conversation. As an industry, about 5 years ago we went way too open. Now we realize that we need to have quiet spaces to balance that - Collaboration has become a very generic word - we collaborate and interact in a multitude of ways with a multitude of tools in a variety of spaces and settings.
We have seen a shift in how people work - a desk (any desk) is a limited tool - one tool can't provide all the work solutions. Just imagine the conversation if it were the opposite - all private offices. Today we look to include a variety of different types of workspace, or activity based work spaces and even external solutions. You move to the place that best supports the work