The Design Evolution
Spaces were planned as a direct reflection of the corporate organisational chart and reporting structure. This approach did not optimize the work effort but instead, reinforced ineffective hierarchical thinking and behavior. Designers shifted the focus from hierarchical-based planning and standards to work-process based planning and functional standards. Work-process planning examines the flow of work and enables people to be co-located for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
The workplace has become more of a collaborative community than a top–down, production–driven work zone.
Cross–pollination of ideas and cross–mentoring are necessary for innovation, but these don’t happen if people are glued to their seats in isolated boxes, tethered to their computers. The impact of design is huge and either enables or inhibits the environment we habitate.