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January 25, 2012
Open Office Plans - A Question or Two
As a follow-up to that post on open offices (and the others referenced in it), I've had a letter from a reader who wonders the following:
(1) How many recent research buildings have been built with open offices, as opposed to cubicles or actual office space? Is this the wave-of-the-future, or is it just a few high-profile examples getting attention?
(2) Does anyone know of any examples where a research department has tried an open-office plan and moved back from it after the experience?
Just to clarify, I don't mean large, relatively open lab spaces (those are pretty common, and often seem to work just fine). What's in question are the wide-open no-walls office and desk areas, with the extreme being the ones where no one has any actual assigned space at all. Thoughts?
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