Designing The Modern Office Space
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Office design has evolved alongside the changing nature of our work. As businesses shifted toward more collaboration, the physical barriers came tumbling down. As management structures morphed, some got rid of the corner office. Today, 70 percent of office spaces in the U.S. have an open floor plan. Meant to foster communication and stoke innovation, critics say we may have gone too far and that perhaps we've sacrificed focus for the free-flow of ideas. Diane and her guests discuss how workplace design affect workers, businesses and the bottom line.
informatics professor, University of California, Irvine.
associate professor of business administration, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
editor of The Urbanist, the magazine of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research).