Future@Work An Experimental Exhibit Investigating Integrated Workplace Design
A non-profit consortium developed an integrated workplace exhibit to investigate how the workplace should evolve to support changes in technology and social and organizational structures. The exhibit helps people visualize and experience new and innovative office designs. The needs of a fictitious company form the framework for the design. It is divided into two sections called 1997 and 2007. The 1997 section demonstrates evolutionary changes to offices in both space and technology, enhancing traditional design concepts and introducing elements of flexibility and choice. The 2007 space introduces a more revolutionary approach to office design, work practices, and technology. The primary purpose of the office is expected to be support for socialization and group work, with technology powerfully providing the information required for these efforts. More than 1,000 people have toured the exhibit in the few months since its opening. Many organizations have been strongly influenced by the exhibit, searching for ways to integrate its concepts into their plans for future office space.
Keywordsexperimental exibit integrated workplace design office design future office space group work socialization
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