There is a cultural movement in office design to create thoughtfully curated destinations that are more human-centered. This is the first in a series of interviews with architects and designers discussing the evolution of the workplace.
A cultural movement is redefining how and where work is done. Chris Congdon, director of global research communications for Steelcase, discusses how standardizing workplaces for efficiency with a uniform approach limits the worker’s potential for inspiration, creativity, and social connections.
Thanks to technology, a lot of people can now work from anywhere, carrying the office with them in their pocket, briefcase or backpack. However, most people find out fairly quickly that, although “anywhere” may be a nice change of pace, the advantages are short-term. New turnstone products bring the appeal of away-from-the-office settings into the office so that workers can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The idea of a public, social place outside of home and work has been around for centuries, but it didn’t enter the lexicon as a “third place” until the phenomenon was thoroughly explored by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his 1989 book, “The Great Good Place.” It hasn’t left the stage since.