Radical Office Design by Jeremy MyersonRadical Office Design by Jeremy Myerson

Radical Office Design

byJeremy Myerson, Philip Ross

Hardcover | September 1, 2006

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Traditional office work, characterized by repetitive clerical tasks, is rapidly giving way to "knowledge work," characterized by the creative application and exchange of information. In response, architects around the world are leaving aside the old cubicle grid to design innovative, high-tech offices that foster knowledge work and, at the same time, help workers balance the competing demands of colleagues, customers, and family. The forty-three exceptional workplaces profiled in this timely volume were all completed within the last six years and serve a wide variety of organizations both private and public, small and large. Examples range from the headquarters of an advertising firm where one enormous table seats all two hundred employees, facilitating communication, to a BMW plant where the factory production line runs through and above the administrative offices, unifying the corporate community.

The authors skillfully distinguish the primary trends in contemporary office design by dividing their engagingly written case studies among four chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of workplace: "Academics" encourage the sharing of knowledge within a corporate structure; "Guilds" allow the members of a profession to interact as peers; "Agoras" bring the workplace closer to the marketplace, and to civic life; and "Lodges" combine the home and the office. Two hundred vivid color photographs and fifty architectural drawings show how the featured architects have configured public areas, meeting rooms, and private work spaces to meet the needs of today's increasingly versatile and mobile workers. The inclusion of an informative introduction, which outlines the economic and technological factors driving the rapid evolution of contemporary workplace architecture, further ensures that this attractive book will be an essential reference for everybody who has a hand in designing offices, and thought-provoking reading for everybody who works in one.
JEREMY MYERSON is a professor of design studies and the director of InnovationRCA at the Royal College of Art, London. He is a former editor of Design Week and World ArchitecturePHILIP ROSS is a commentator, writer, and consultant on technology in the workplace. His previous publications include The Cordless Office and, with Jeremy Mye...
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Title:Radical Office DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 11.25 × 9.25 × 0.96 inPublished:September 1, 2006Publisher:Abbeville Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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THE SPACES IN WHICH WE WORK are changing to suit the type of work we are now doing. The modern office grew out of the factory as a necessary by-product of the bureaucratization of industry. Today, however, much of the repetitive, linear, process-driven work that used to occupy vast numbers of office workers is done by the computers; consequently the contemporary workplace is increasingly the setting for a new type of work that is far removed from the repetitive tasks characterised by time-and-motion studies.The most common term for this new type of office work is 'knowledge work', and it is now the dominant mode of working in most of the world's advanced economies. Knowledge work depends not so much on formula and process, but rather on applying considerable theoretical knowledge and learning. It is based less on individuals following explicit instruction within a supervised hierarchy, and much more on the shared working practices of collaboration, initiative and exploration, in which knowledge is often implicit.Doctors, lawyers, academics and scientists were among the first to be identified as knowledge workers. The term, which was first used in 1960 by the American economist Peter Drucker, now extends to most executive, managerial and marketing roles within organizations. Drucker has also drawn attention to a class of worker he describes as 'knowledge technologists'. These computer technicians, software designers, analysts in clinical labs, paralegals and so on are swelling the ranks of knowledge workers worldwide. Increasingly, in the early years of the twenty-first century, the world of work is becoming a world of knowledge work. Where once manual and process work fuelled economic growth, such activities are now increasingly out-sourced to developing economies. In the developed world, companies and governments alike must look to the knowledge worker for the key to future prosperity. In both the public and private sectors, ways to build, share, exchange and retain knowledge have assumed the highest priority.

Table of Contents

Introduction page 8

Academy: the learning campus 14
Guild: the professional cluster 74
Agora: the public workplace 114
Lodge: the live-work setting 156

Credits page 185
Index page 191