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- DescriptionTraditional office work, characterized by repetitive clerical tasks, is rapidly giving way to kwledge work, characterized by the creative application and exchange of information. In response, architects around the world are leaving aside the old cubicle grid to design invative, high-tech offices that foster kwledge work and, at the same time, help workers balance the competing demands of colleagues, customers, and family. The forty-three exceptional workplaces profiled in this timely volume were all completed within the last six years and serve a wide variety of organizations both private and public, small and large. Examples range from the headquarters of an advertising firm where one ermous table seats all two hundred employees, facilitating communication, to a BMW plant where the factory production line runs through and above the administrative offices, unifying the corporate community. The authors skillfully distinguish the primary trends in contemporary office design by dividing their engagingly written case studies among four chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of workplace: Academics encourage the sharing of kwledge within a corporate structure; Guilds allow the members of a profession to interact as peers; Agoras bring the workplace closer to the marketplace, and to civic life; and Lodges combine the home and the office. Two hundred vivid color photographs and fifty architectural drawings show how the featured architects have configured public areas, meeting rooms, and private work spaces to meet the needs of today's increasingly versatile and mobile workers. The inclusion of an informative introduction, which outlines the ecomic and techlogical factors driving the rapid evolution of contemporary workplace architecture, further ensures that this attractive book will be an essential reference for everybody who has a hand in designing offices, and thought-provoking reading for everybody who works in one.
- Author BiographyJEREMY MYERSON is a professor of design studies and the director of InnovationRCA at the Royal College of Art, London. He is a former editor of Design Week and World Architecture PHILIP ROSS is a commentator, writer, and consultant on technology in the workplace. His previous publications include The Cordless Office and, with Jeremy Myerson, The Creative Office and The 21st Century Office.
- Author(s)Jeremy Myerson,Philip Ross
- PublisherAbbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
- Date of Publication12/10/2006
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content NoteIllustrations (chiefly col.)
- Weight1461 g
- Width242 mm
- Height296 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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