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Open And Shut Case: Why Critics Of Open Plan Are Behind The Times

We also need to agree that many people are conflating all environments with fewer private offices and more open space and truly open plan offices, thereby mislabelling many environments that don’t fit into that planning concept. Open plan environments are defined as spaces with low or no panels or dividers, limited or no private offices, and assigned seating. Not having choice or the ability to move when you need more privacy or to find a quieter space to limit distraction is the true crux of the issues many have with open plan spaces. Most of the arguments against open plan are ill-informed and centred on out-of-date, misapplied, or simply mislabelled planning concepts, and sometimes, just poorly designed spaces. We need to create work spaces that align with the specific needs of our clients – be that open plan, fully enclosed planning, or anything in between. ABW environments are typically designed to be an ecosystem of spaces, primarily grouped to serve five major work functions: solo work, collaboration, learning, socialising, and rejuvenation. These Maker Environments for Mobile Occupant spaces include scrum spaces that extend across the whole office to create a scrappy, entrepreneurial environment with a variety of settings.

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