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
Congrats to Andy for winning a spot in BD+C’s 8th annual “40 under 40” competition. Of the award winners, Andy is one of three professionals based in Washington, DC. Read more about Andy in the magazine excerpt below:
As the corporate workplace continues to shift and evolve the architecture and design industry is constantly flooded with workplace terminology – efficiencies, flexibility, organizational change, hoteling, benching, workplace standards…the list goes on. What does this mean and how does this apply to the office environment? Many industry professionals, including those heavily involved in commercial real estate decisions, know that they need to implement a strategy when reorganizing or reassessing their client’s requirements, but this is only half the battle. Organizations hear the buzz words and attempt to shoehorn their existing space and their existing workforce into a new configuration, new office or new program, and call this a “Workplace Strategy.” What’s missing is probably the most obvious component – the people. A well-executed Workplace Strategy ignores the buzz
FOX Architects’ Founding Partner and Publisher of Workspace Design Magazine, Bob Fox recently spoke with CoreNet Global’s Industry Tracker newsletter regarding the evolution of workplace design. As a leader in workplace design for nearly 30 years, Bob understands that today’s workplace is focused on people, technology and the most efficient ways to meet the firm’s goals – inside and outside the walls of the office.
The Future of Work...Unlimited recently published Bob Fox's article on "Measuring Office Space For The Agile Worker."
Is there only one metric?
For as long as I can remember, the square footage of space has been the primary metric in the real estate and construction world. However, commercial offices today are evolving in the way they operate, incorporating the telecommuter, co-working, and sharing workspaces. Because of these developments, determining the efficiency of a person in a place has become a serious challenge.
The standard metric concept assumes each person “owns” and occupies his/her individual workstation real estate, but this approach says nothing about the performance of workers who are more agile, or who are working remotely and moving among different locations.
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