In the middle of 2010, Keith Perske posted a compelling blog challenging the design field to think about work without our typical reliance on thinking about place. I say, “AMEN”.
As an architect deeply concerned about the nature of work, I see places continually being created that are disconnected from the reality of what it now means to be “people” at work. We have limited our thinking of “place” to the physical, and have not touched on the emotional, psychological, and inter-relationship that drive people to produce results in the context of their work. Place is a subset of work, along with the parameters of technology, process, brand, economics, etc. In combination, these parameters create demands of place that are simultaneously physical and virtual, but equal in social dynamics.