Why is people movement important in buildings?
In a knowledge economy, the key role of buildings is the production and dissemination of new knowledge to drive innovation.
Awareness leads to interaction leads to transaction.
Spatial layout works with management style to create a “spatial culture”.
Corner offices v corridors
People should sit based on need not based on status. Needs change during the day and during the week so people should move. Offices should provide different kinds of work environment. Open plan and busy when you need more interaction. Corner office/cellular when you need less. Management should permit workers to choose where they want to sit – this is part of trusting workers to perform and businesses will perform better as a result of having great space and great people.
Effects of technology
Technology will not replace the office because what matters is making “first contact” and this is harder online – much easier face to face.
Going to work is about going to interact.
There’s an argument for more deterministic planning – taking the guesswork out of it. Planning should create plans not just processes. We have clearly defined processes but uncertain physical and spatial plans. Too much is left to individual actors.
More determinisitic planning, it is argued, will be to the benefit of investors, operators and end users: removing significant uncertainty in the planning process, allowing greater predictability about resource requirements, energy needs, waste production, transport patterns and, above all, human interaction.
“It is possible that density is a fashion.” Anon
It is also possible that low density is a fashion. Indeed this would seem from the evidence to be a much greater possibility.
Look at the urban record. The last hundred years has seen endless experimentation with urban form and people’s lives – almost always low density solutions, creating disconnected places where people can’t walk, can’t access public transport and are therefore car dependent.
Let’s drop the pretence.