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Harvard Business Review on Inventing the Collaborative Workplace

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Organisations (via their design teams) are getting more serious about creating collaborative workplaces — as this article from the Harvard Business Review shows in its exploration of Citrix’s new office at Silicon Valley . It shares several design principles that architects and interior designers should adopt when they’re in the process of creating corporate workspaces.

Some interesting excerpts from the article:

“Most corporate buildings don’t do a good job of supporting collaboration, brainstorming, and innovative work methods. They tend to be dominated by cubicles or offices which are suited for individual work, or by hard-to-book conference rooms that teams can use but only for short periods of time. What’s needed is a more flexible space that better supports teams and inspires more open thinking.”

“Everything in the space is on wheels and is configurable by teams as they need it. They can move tables and whiteboards around to create mini collaboration spaces.”

“Over the course of the past several months, I’ve noticed more and more non-design teams — such as human resources and engineering — using the space to brainstorm. It’s awesome to see these teams use the space and its tools. It’s even more awesome to see their desire to emulate the design “culture” of uninhibited brainstorming, quick stand-up meetings, and collaboration.”

(image credit www.hbr.org)

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