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Reactionary work dominates the daily agenda

A well-designed open office is not a simple thing. How visual connections affect disruptive behavior, how sound masking supports attention in the midst of buzz, how a choice of alternative settings also provides places for focus, and other concepts support the interactions of productive team work yet also the solitude and focus of productive individual work should be part of the exploration that creative organizations make before making the error of believing the design of workplace is a binary, open-or-closed choice, or even that the problems of conventional open approaches are a given.

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The Death of the Desk

 

 

I have frequently spoken over the past several years about what I call "the death of the desk." I think I've frightened a lot of people with this concept, yet it seems as if the direction of the development of the ways that we work makes the conventional configuration and assignment of the workstation – the desk – something that becomes more of a barrier to effective work than a facilitator.

This short video seems, initially, to take a countering position. After opening with a challenge to early notions of a "nomadic" workspace, several creative people speak of the importance of the desk to their work processes. It is interesting to see the variety of working spaces, the reflections on the nature of the desk depending on where it is and, in general, how each of these is a surface for working, and none of them the "desk" of the typical office of the last half century of work.

I like its conclusion – In the future, the desk will be a state of mind, and not a physical place.

Here's a link to the video at my Posterous site.

And here's a link to the source of this and other videos at Imaginary Forces.