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The building is a companys most expensive capital asset. Failure to coax the maximum benefits from it is, at least, irresponsible and, at most, financial suicide.
Companies around the world are recognising the importance of integrating pleasure and leisure with office routine.
Out goes strip lighting, paper thin partitions and closed doors. In come spaces that are new, fun and challenging with windows that open, decent coffee, groceries that are delivered to your desk, a massage when you most need it and workmates who actually talk to you.
This new book demonstrates how to get the best out of office buildings and improve the efficiency and enthusiasm of the people who work in them. Packed with information, case studies and practical tools, it will help designers, facility managers and space planners to:
meet employees space and task needs respond to changing work patterns and attitudes plan offices both large and small, private sector and public agency, owned and leased use hands-on checklists, rules of thumb, charts and guidelines to quickly solve design dilemmas and answer design questions resolve environmental issues, such as air quality and temperature make expert choices on lighting, furniture and other fixtures.
While every workplace is individual, almost all can be improved!
Introduction; Location-free Work; Knowledge is Power; Leveling the Space Pyramid; Four Walls and a Door; The Open Plan Office; Sick Building Syndrome Avoidance; Amenities; Information Technology; Renovation and Relocation; Further Reading; Index.
Both authors are based in London and are involved in many interesting projects most recently they designed the offices at Tate Modern.
"The industry is hungry for books like this...more practical and design details than other books."
Marilyn Zelinsky, author of New Workplaces for New Workstyles and The Home Office Bible.
"fills an obvious gap in information...extremely useful for students of architectural programming and in business courses."
Mary Comerio, Vice Chair, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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"Excellent."--The Economist“Useful insight into specific spatial and technological implications of recent changes in the organization of office work...lively and lucid text.”--Architects’ Journal"Written by two of the country's experts ... it is a good read."--Financial Times"Any facility manager, space planner, property manager, architect, or interior designer ought to know the contents of every section ... clearly the best book of its kind on this subject we have read."--Gerald Davis and Francoise Szigeti, International Centre for Facilities"The industry is hungry for books like this ... more practical and design details than other books."--Marilyn Zelinsky, author of New Workplaces for New Workstyles and The Home Office BibleOne-Stop Office Design AnswersOffice Space PlanningDesign for Tomorrow's WorkplaceCoax the maximum benefits from any professional space with this practical guide to planning and designing leading-edge workplaces. Offering help with both open-plan and enclosed space systems, this resource from two top international experts is packed with information, case studies, and tools that will help you:Meet employees' space and task needs.Respond to changing work patterns and attitudes.Plan offices both large and small, private sector and public agency, owned and leased.Use hands-on checklists, rules of thumb, charts, and guidelines to quickly solve design dilemmas and answer design questions.Resolve air quality, temperature, and other environmental issues.Make expert choices on lighting, furniture, and other fixtures. INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIESArthur Andersen, BostonNational Minority AIDS Council, Washington, D.C.Rhino Entertainment, Los AngelesPrice Waterhouse Coopers, PhiladelphiaCommerzbank, FrankfurtExcite, Redwood CityTBWA/Chiat/Day, Los AngelesAlcoa Corporate Center, PittsburghConde Nast, Times Square, New YorkWorld Neighbors, Oklahoma CityBank of America, Las VegasSilicon Graphics, Redwood CityNortel Networks, Brampton, OntarioBritish Airways, HeathrowPublicis & Hal Riney, San FranciscoNational Electronic Warranty, Great Falls, MontanaAnd more!About the AuthorsAlexi Ferster Marmot is director of AMA, Alexi Marmot Associates, a leading office design firm based in London, England, and established in 1990. Among their clients are a number of large international companies, government agencies, and healthcare firms. She has a B.Arch in Architecture from the University of Sydney, Masters degrees in Architecture and City Planning, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Before starting her own firm, she was director of research at DEGW, one of the world's largest office design firms.Joanna Eley has a B.Sc in Architecture from the University of London and an M.A. from Oxford University where she studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. She is a director for AMA and has worked as a consultant for many other organizations including DEGW. She has 20 years of experience in architectural design, consultancy, and writing on architectural and business issues.