The rehabilitation of open plan office design

Open plan office design gets such a bad press these days that it’s time to redress the balance and consider the things at which it succeeds.

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By Maciej Markowski

Edition 5 - May 2015 Pages 26-27

Tags: office design • productivity

There has been an historic debate on whether open plan offices are a good or bad thing. Past articles whether in the Guardian1,Dezeen2 or across the pond in the Washington Post3 would suggest that they diminish productivity.Yes,the open plan office is not ideal for privacy and probably bad for conceptual focused work,but it’s a bit like saying a hammer is useless when you need to tighten a screw.The point is you don’t use it for that purpose.Fans of open plan often underline how fantastic it is for building a sense of belonging,team spirit and ad ...

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