How can you create the personal feeling of a coffee shop inside the office? The perfect future model of the office is a place to interact, not to sit in a cubicle all day. The genius of an organization comes out of collaboration.
With wireless access you don't need cubicles to distribute power and data. While the office will still be planned as a system, the walls will come down and people will move around. Noise will be the new secondhand smoke.
Consumer desires are being trans ferred to the office and we expect a level of sophistication that rivals home entertainment technology. That changes the office landscape. Soon we'll be surrounded by information. The halls will be lined with displays. The ways we get content and connect with others will become far more architectural.
Manager of Global Environmental Strategy and Programs, Steelcase
Senior Vice President, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase