Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Collision spaces and the power of corridors

A recent edition of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme had a piece on the importance of corridors within the workplace. The discussion focused on architecture and the potential pitfalls of going open-plan, it included wonderful terms like collision spaces. The podcast is well worth a listen and is here.

I remember Seth Godin posting a while back about the importance of building corridors into conferences, places to meet and chat. A problem with lots of conferences is that organiser's think just having a networking space is enough. In the Thinking Allowed piece Jeremy Till, Dean of Architecture at Westminster University comments "fine grained bits get lost in the metaphor of openness equals open behaviour." Seem like words of wisdom.