Many organisations are actively seeking to change the way they work, driven by the need to increase productivity and improve connectivity. The desire to directly communicate brand and corporate values, such as openness and transparency, in the physical form of the work environment is nothing new.
For many years after its advent in the 1930’s the open plan office was the ‘go-to’ solution—but recently open plan has come under increasing criticism in the design press and on social media. Some of this criticism is objective and deserved but the majority is neither fair nor constructive.
Justin Treacy, leader of RKD’s Workplace Design Group, captured his insights on the subject in a LinkedIn article where he seeks to restore balance to the argument and make the case in defence of open plan.