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Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration Paperback – 27 Jan 2012
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"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times. You can browse it for tools to enhance teamwork, configurations to enable activities, insights about communal behaviors, design templates and first person stories. The way we design our spaces can help us or hinder us, inspire new ideas or stifle them, make it easier to work together or set us apart. Discover here how to improve team dynamics by altering your physical environment."
-- Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
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make space is about creative spaces and about creating spaces. Space is more than just the physical environment.
Five types of content are mixed into the book.
Enter from whatever direction suits your needs:
stuff to build
quick, repeatable configurations
ideas to consider
a simple breakdown of how the properties of places can spark actions and attitudes in people
true stories about making space and living in it
The more than 100 mini-entries in this book will help you slice through this complexity and jump from inspiration to action: make an existing space more collaborative, conceive of new creative work spaces, and design learning environments from scratch.
This guiding content emerged from a five-year experiment at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (aka the "d.school") and from continuous (but jovial) poking and prodding of countless students, faculty, visitors, and project partners.
Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft are directors of the Environments Collaborative at Stanford University's d.school--the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. With the d.school's support, they have prepared make space as a tool for everyone interested in designing and creating environments to support creative collaboration.
Scott Doorley's work focuses on how physical context and digital media can benefit human experience.
His installations with the Dacha Art Collective have been exhibited in the San Jose Museum of Art and the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts San Francisco. Currently he is the Creative Director at the Stanford d.school, where he teaches classes in subjects at the intersection of design and media arts: storytelling and visual communication, improv, and digital media.
Scott has degrees in film from the University of California, Los Angeles (BA '96) and learning, design, and technology from Stanford University (MA '06).See all Product description
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The presentation is a mix of text, photos and sketches that are all very methodically laid out. Whilst it is very much focused on Design education space there is much that could be applied to other environments.
This book has a great balance of insights, case studies, thought provoking ideas and practical designs.
Some of the designs may not be applicable to every workspace but even the ones that don't fit into your environment will help get your mind thinking about ideas for your space.
I passed this book on to you facilities manager and she hasn't put it down....looking forward to a new, exciting work-space that promotes collaboration.
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Space can be created that is most conducive to these and other activities. It is also true that certain forms of "space" can discourage, limit, or even preclude most (if not all) of these activities. Perhaps you have visited one or more medical or dental facilities in recent years and noticed how strategic use of light and color as well as artwork has made them visually (aesthetically) much more pleasing.
As you may already know, energy renewal initiatives are becoming increasingly more common in the business world and one of them is the "nap room." People reserve time (usually for 15-45 minutes) and lie down to rest or sleep. That said, keep in mind that "space" can be but is not necessarily a physical location. It could also be a mental or emotion state. Spending time there fills one or more needs.
Long ago, while completing my graduate work in comparative literature at Yale, I came upon an anecdote about an incident when a French Romantic poet (perhaps Baudelaire) was asked how to write a poem. Long pause....then the response. "Draw a birdcage and leave the door open, then you wait and wait and wait. After what may be a very long time, maybe a bird flies through the door. Erase the cage."
Doorley and Witthoft present and explain a process by which to create space to set the stage for creative collaboration. More specifically, they explain HOW to
o Build a space on the cheap
o Set up a personal studio space
o Jump-start an existing space
o Find other ways to find stuff
o Make a space for new ideas
o Make a space to stay focused
o Make a flexible space
o Build a workshop
o Shape behavior with space
o Created a shared team-space
To repeat, Doorley and Witthoft explain HOW to achieve each of these objectives.
They also achieve their own objectives as co-authors. More specifically, objectives suggested in these comments by George Kembel, global director and co-founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford: "This book is an attempt to capture what the d.school adventure has taught us along the way and is a tool to help you to use space to develop your unique culture. I hope our story is an encouragement to you, suggesting that big things often have small beginnings, that radical change usually starts with brave but little steps, and that when people feel safe to try something new, spectacular things can happen. Good luck as you make space in your life, your teams, and your organization to innovate!"
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Scott Doorley is co-director of the Environments Collaborative & Creative Director at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Broadly, Scott's work focuses on how physical context and digital media can enhance human experience. He teaches several classes in subjects at the intersection of design and media arts: storytelling & visual communication, improv, and digital media design. Scott has degrees in Film from the University of California, Los Angeles (BA '96), and Learning, Design, & Technology from Stanford University (MA '06).
Scott Witthoft is co-director of the Environments Collaborative at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford -- the d.school. His professional work as an engineer and a designer has focused on understanding and manipulating interactions among systems. As a Lecturer at Stanford University, he teaches classes in human-centered design and storytelling & visual communication. Scott has degrees in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (BS, '99) and The University of Texas at Austin (MS, '00), and Product Design from Stanford University (MSE '08).