Techno office upbeat

Posted On Monday, 01 January 2001 03:01 Published by
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Far from the anticipated trend of spatial displacement that technology is expected to promote - along with it the capitulation of traditional business districts

Far from the anticipated trend of spatial displacement that technology is expected to promote - along with it the capitulation of traditional business districts and the mushrooming of sub-urban home-offices - current thinking appears to hold some persuasive arguments to the contrary. There is no denying that the 'future' office requires a greater degree of flexibility, efficiency, practicality and entertainment value than before. Space saving arising from allocations of 25m2 to 12-15m2 per person is occurring; along with that the propensity toward facilitating 'multi-skilling' environments - open plan offices with flexible work stations geared to harness the potential of 'knowledge' workforces. Savings made on space can be invested in quality facilities and services geared to satisfy employers. The interesting spin on the whole matter is the implication of clustering of enterprises and businesses; and spatial integration is not obsolete in this regard. As such it is predicted that traditional office/business environments are well positioned to take advantage of this trend - the move toward integrated 'new urbanic' developments are therefore timeous. Technology is not driving people apart; far from it there is scope for a new from of 'collaborative' working space required, situated in quality precincts with managed public spaces and broader urban amenities close at hand.

JHI Research


Publisher: Sapoa Online
Source: eProp Research

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