21st Century Office

21st Century Office

by Philip Ross, Jeremy Meyerson
     
 

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This book is the first comprehensive survey of workplace architecture and interior schemes for the new century, capturing emerging themes and ideas in office design around the world. Written and researched by the authors of The Creative Office, this new book advances the concept of increasing creativity in office planning and design by exploring the new workplace…  See more details below

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This book is the first comprehensive survey of workplace architecture and interior schemes for the new century, capturing emerging themes and ideas in office design around the world. Written and researched by the authors of The Creative Office, this new book advances the concept of increasing creativity in office planning and design by exploring the new workplace models that are developing in response to rapid organizational, social, and technological change. The book focuses only on new offices planned, designed, or opened around the new millennium or after 1 January, 2000. It features 45 case studies drawn from office schemes around the world. The book begins with an introduction in which the authors discuss how the new workplace of the twenty-first century is already exhibiting different spatial, organizational, and material characteristics from the scientifically managed, process-driven, mechanistic model of the twentieth-century modern office -- Mies van der Rohe's "machine for working in." This is followed by four chapters illustrating the main themes of the book: office design which is narrative in form, telling a story about organizations and brands through an interior journey; office design which is nodal in function (both physically and virtually), facilitating training, hosting knowledge exchanges, fostering collaborations, etc.; office design which is neighbourly in character, creating a social arena within a community of purpose; and office design which is nomadic-a workplace geographically dispersed between home, work, retail areas, transport hubs, and places in between.

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Library Journal
What will the office space of 21st-century global capitalism look like? Nothing like the banal, inflexible, "place-dependent" offices of the past, according to British design professor Myerson and technology consultant Ross (coauthors, The Creative Office). "Narrative," "nodal," "neighborly," and "nomadic" are the defining characteristics the authors find in their international selection of 45 recent office projects, all of which opened since 2000. Many are designed by top firms, some as high profile as Frank Gehry and Pentagram, for lucrative, image-conscious companies in advertising, media, and finance and for "superbrands" such as Reebok. Typical of many glossy, oversized project catalogs are this book's 200 dazzling photos and plentiful floor plans, against which the snippets of text read more like public relations filler than architecture criticism. For minimum-wage telemarketer and jet-set CEO alike, the authors cheerfully predict that the new office will supplant genuine community and public space, becoming the pleasant, productive place at which employees and executives spend most waking hours. This viewpoint may be unintentionally more chilling than cheering to downsized workers and concerned citizens, but it does reflect current labor market trends. Recommended for design professionals and architecture school libraries.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780847825523
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
11/05/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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