Monday, November 4, 2013

Chronicle 24: Book Review - 'Make Space'

By Saundra Little, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA

"Collaborative Spaces"

At last year's AIA 2012 Conference in Washington DC we add a new book to the Centric Design Studio library -it is called ‘Make Space‘ by Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft.

'Make Space' is designed as a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity. This book is full of ideas on making a great working space.  

Make Space breaks down content into 5 buckets:

Tools—tips on how to build everything from furniture, to wall-treatments, and rigging

Situations—scenarios, and layouts for sparking creative activities

Insights—bite-sized lessons designed to shortcut your learning curve

Space Studies—candid stories with lessons on creating spaces for making, learning, imagining, and connecting

Design Template—a framework for understanding, planning, and building collaborative environments

Centric Design Studio used one technique from the book on our work with TechTown's new Co-working space Junction 440 called Situation_Hiding space on page 132. Hiding places offer a crucial respite from an open, collaborative environment. Few offices have legitimate hiding places; if your space lacks one, people will go elsewhere to find it.

Take a look at this great video from the author's using space for a cover shoot - a graphic element- "a book cover". (A+G)

This book gets two "Thumbs Up" from Centric Design Studio!

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