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First Knoll-Sponsored Harvard Design Studio Publishes Work Environments

Harvard GSD Work EnvironmentsHarvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has released Work Environments: Campus and Event, a report from the first of three studios sponsored by Knoll that "examines, through research and design, the disruptive transformations that occur globally" in work environments. The studios, the first of which took place in Spring 2014, are led by Florian Idenberg, a founding partner of the architecture studio SO – IL.

The report presents five speculative projects by fourteen students on the rise of corporate campuses and industry events (conferences, exhibitions and festivals) in the United States. "As a group, these five projects create a critical conversation about the future of work and its broader implications," writes Benjamin Pardo, Director of Design, Knoll, in the report's Afterword.

"Never before has the workplace...been as open, evolving, casual and monitored," Idenberg writes in the studio introduction. "...[R]esponsible designers need to develop an ability to situate these changes in a broader social and cultural context, so as to advocate more meaningful environments around the activity that occupies much of our time."