Offices That Move

I have always had a fascination and great interest in how people past, present and future work in offices. Forty years ago I formed a company whose main purpose was to transform New Zealand office work by encouraging office management to discard their private partitioned offices and move into a landscaped office format dubbed “burolandschaft” pioneered by the Quickborner Team in Hamburg, Germany. These principles saw the proliferation of office layouts with desks divided by plants and low height screens rather than austere walls which severed communication and collaboration followed by the era of the office cubicle or workstation which tended to re-build barriers between workers once again.Now we have come full circle with the latest activity based workplace (ABW) thinking which once again promotes collaboration with fluidity and flexibility resulting from the mobility that technology and IT advances have provided. Now we have come full circle with the latest…