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“Workplace design wisdom – from 1968”

From Mark Catchlove’s blog

Published in 1968, this book is full of incredible insights that are as valid today as they were then. Mark Catchlove is giving away 20 copies of the book

If I receive more than 20 requests in the next 2 weeks I will draw the names out of a hat

To give you a preview of the rich content here are some quotes :

“Fifty years has brought little change to the functional format of offices. Office work has undergone a revolution; the physical environment lags behind”

“The business of people talking to each other in offices is a very serious consideration. It is by far the most expensive achievement of offices: the grouping of people that allows conversational exchange”

“Face to face involvement is the premier communication tool. Unmatched for subtlety and efficiency but also a present wasteland of mysterious inhibitions and limitation, it requires revitalization”

“Because we can now generate, project and multiply information with ease, we are facing a crisis in quality. We have more but is it worth investing our involvement?”

“As status orientation is converted to goal orientation, the use of space and hierarchical furnishings will undergo major readjustment.”

“Proportioning some of our work to stand-up work stations would do more than anything else to overcome sedentary decline. The office can be a kinetic, active, alert, vigorous environment.”

“Every office has a climate of social expression that can either be destructive or constructive and, to a large degree, this is effected by the physical expression we give it. One of the great assets of a more frankly interactive and open office expression is the improved social structure that it offers”

“Pause or byway areas for brief conference interchange can be a highly functional part of traffic design. This is particularly useful if it also is  utilized as a general display center focusing on matters that help keep goals and objectives on a current awareness basis.”

If you would like a copy of the book then send a tweet to @markcatchlove or fill out the form here

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