Archinect - News 2014-09-03T01:48:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98088984/our-cubicles-ourselves-how-the-modern-office-shapes-american-life Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3f7d30dfedb18fb895ac37f81ac071e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And hierarchies don&rsquo;t disappear when you place everyone at a communal table or &ldquo;superdesk&rdquo;; they persist in more subtle modes of workplace interaction. I suspect that people thrown into open plans might even miss their cubicles. And there are features of cubicles&mdash;such as the need to partition wide spaces&mdash;that I suspect will continue to be useful and never go away; these needs precede the invention of the cubicle itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the development of the American workplace in Archinect's feature article, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</em></a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49015334/from-cubicles-cry-for-quiet-pierces-office-buzz From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz anthony dong 2012-05-20T11:18:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T07:11:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xc0yxwjmr78dgsmq.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original rationale for the open-plan office, aside from saving space and money, was to foster communication among workers, the better to coax them to collaborate and innovate. But it turned out that too much communication sometimes had the opposite effect: a loss of privacy, plus the urgent desire to throttle one&rsquo;s neighbor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41973983/open-doors-form-open-minds Open Doors form Open Minds? Nam Henderson 2012-03-19T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T12:29:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vhpu9qiohbe3hkgd.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects often walk clients through it to show how an open environment works. There&rsquo;s not a private office or cubicle anywhere, and there&rsquo;s constant low-level hubbub: people in motion, and gathering into small groups. The tour makes some clients nervous; they wonder how their own workers would concentrate in such an environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lawrence Cheek examines&nbsp;new trends in office designs which focus on providing employees room to roam and thus to think. Specifically, he looks at three examples the Seattle offices of Russell Investment, The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters as well the offices of the architectural firm be hind the first two examples, NBBJ which occupies two 38,000-square-foot floors of a midrise office building it designed in 2006.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15905162/new-ways-of-designing-the-modern-workspace New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace Archinect 2011-08-05T20:08:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/833ea66ab50ed1c404e6098a2783f524.jpg" width="427" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of his life, Robert Propst, creator of the cubicle system, called his invention &ldquo;monolithic insanity,&rdquo; yet we seem unable to tread down any other path. Longstanding calls for the Redesign of the Cubicle continue...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>