Thursday, November 14, 2013

coworking on National Public Radio

This piece aired on National Public Radio Stations across the country today talks about CoWorking framed as part of what they call the "Sharing Economy". ie Car-Share businesses, Bike Sharing programs, community gardens, even public transit all fall under what they describe the growing culture of sharing. A good piece, an intelligent piece, worth a listen:


How the Sharing Economy is Changing the Places We Work

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

vitra workbay - new cubical paradigm

Vitra Workbay


Vitra's new Workbay office system is a new hybrid of honeycomb modules and traditional cubicles, fusing a number of prior art in office system design into a compelling new model for cubicles. I am calling it the Soft Cube. Look at these diagrams from Vitra's web site:


Vitra Workbay


The planning module here is a horizontally stretched honeycomb, or hexagon. With this horizontal stretch the modules have a bias towards a gridded layout, vs the cellular layout of earlier honeycomb module systems such as Herman Miller's Resolve. The are able to define a nice range of uses in a handful of standard sizes. Meeting cubes, and private office cubes compliment the workstation cube. And there are even special configurations for call center desks, waiting areas, and copier and clerical work areas.


Vitra Workbay


Vitra Workbay


The textile based partition is also reminiscent of Herman Miller's Resolve, but more substantial. Yet the diminutive work surfaces inside these soft cubes is reminiscent of Knoll's A3 fabric covered frame workstations.


Yet where these prior attempts seemed fussy or impractical, the Vitra Workbay seems well solved. Herman Miller's Resolve comes across as complicated, with too many parts, Knoll's A3 as fragile and temporary. Vitra's heavy felted partition walls feel substantial, and the neat fit of the individual modules gives the whole a more substantial and permanent feeling.


Vitra Workbay

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