Updates about the Archispeak Podcast beyond the episodes.

Is the open plan studio a good idea?

We're still talking about the studio environment, and today we stumbled on this article on Bloomberg Businessweek talking about open office plans.  

Architecture firm Gensler has studied and found that open plan offices are typically not a great working environment:

The key to making workers happy and productive is having a mix of spaces for different activities. Gensler found that workers spend more than half their time at work in deep focus and about one-fourth in collaboration, with the rest split between learning, socializing, and other tasks. Of course, office workers still spend most of the day at their desks, but when it’s time to do some hard-core collaborating or learning, moving to a different environment can help them shift gears.

What do you think?

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