Thinking Outside the Cube


We first came across Ben Waber via Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation book. She describes his start-up Humanize that focuses on “people analytics”. In this article (Via the Atlantic) about the future of the office when discussing the future work space he says that “It’s going to look a lot more like Harry Potter,”.  Importantly, as the article in The Atlantic emphasizes, the future design of space will need to take into account our need for focus and deep work in an ever more noisy environment. 

“Office furniture and gadgets will watch what we do and, in some cases, report back to the boss. Robots will patrol corporate campuses. Desks will automatically reconfigure themselves. And companies will use technology to get employees to talk with one another—as well as to stay focused amidst all the chatter”. 

Other elements to design will also be integral to trying to create more human-centric spaces. Exposure to nature has been shown to lift spirits and reduce stress in a variety of settings. The office is no exception: workers who regularly get a glimpse of greenery have been found to have better attention spans and higher job satisfaction. Alas, few offices are situated in a peaceful woodland. Many of us, in fact, toil beneath fluorescent lights and air vents that crank out arctic breezes.

As i write this article I am sat in the innovation lab of a company with over 150 years of heritage. Running water and coy carp, bamboo and lots of light, motivational statements and beanbags aplenty. Not a lot of technology on show: in fact they are discouraged to promote better focused interactions.  Is it possible to marry a technological and natural approach to the future of workspaces?  


(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog)
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