I have some notion that making my half-formed ideas available to view will facilitate a more collaborative unpicking of what this workspace/place business is really about, rather than squirrelling them away in some personal notebook until they are fully resolved and ready to publish. Topics and starting points I might explore further are therefore listed here. They will ebb and flow.

If you would like to see something explored sooner rather than later, please tell me. If you have something to add, be my guest.

In no particular order:

  • Knowledge workers as ‘talking heads’. But what about the rest of them?
  • Logos, ethos and pathos in the working environment. A model for sensory-inclusiveness?
  • Capitalistism, communism, corporates and co-working. An exploration of boundaries and intent
  • The post-modern genius of Sugru and its relevance to Facilities Management, workspace and place
  • Iconic what? Buildings? No. Space? Not really. Place? Maybe. Experience? Definitely. The importance of the ‘lived experience’
  • My daughter’s view of the world – is this (an ignored step) where the ‘lived-experience’ of space and place starts?
  • “Don’t get caught in culture” – Dustin Hoffman on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, December 2012; the notion of cultural catalysts, reflections, Søren Kierkegaard  and Winston Churchill
  • What is culture? How is it created, constructed, socialised and shifted? The reciprocity of structure and agency?
  • “The first revolution is when you change your mind about how you look at things…” (Scott-Heron, 1982); the social construction of accepted or conventional wisdom
  • ‘Officetat’ versus ‘Designoswank’[tm] – what on earth is going on?
  • Great Place to Work Institute 2010 research (as cited by Alexi Marmot) – workspace doesn’t feature. What might this suggest?
  • Who are ‘we’ culturally; can we ‘magpie’ other ‘successful’ workspace ideas from elsewhere? Take ‘hyggelig’ for example…
  • What’s the right measure for workspace/place success – productivity, happiness, satisfaction… or something else entirely?
  • The importance of philosophy, even though we probably don’t realise it (note workessence blog parallel point)
  • Generations in the workplace – a great big malignant or benign money-making red herring?
  • What has really changed since the workspace/place of Madmen?
  • Sola-Morales’ ‘liquid’ architecture – flow and fluid metaphors for reconsidering space
  • Kornberger and Clegg’s notion of a ‘generative building’ – could this concept come to life?
  • New terminology and emperor’s new clothes. Why people will always decode language like hot-desks and open-plan, and why trying to hide it will inevitably cause trouble
  • The Hawthorne experiments and motivation. An overgrown, untrodden path? – linking to the ‘landscapes of our mind’ metaphor?
  • To what extent does the ability to articulate powerful resistance to workspace change impact on the likelihood of a successful outcome? How does this relate to space to be able to express opinion about changes?

[more coming soon…]



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