Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (Anglais) Broché – 27 janvier 2012
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Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian′s Cooper–Hewitt National Design Museum
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Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian′s Cooper–Hewitt National Design Museum
"Make Space is an articulate account about the importance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive in it."
James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase
An inspiring guidebook filled with ways to alter space to fuel creative work and foster collaboration.
Based on the work at the Stanford University d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative, Make Space is a tool that shows how space can be intentionally manipulated to ignite creativity. Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non–obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play––and innovate.
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
Make Space is a new and dynamic resource for activating creativity, communication and innovation across institutions, corporations, teams, and schools alike. Filled with tips and instructions that can be approached from a wide variety of angles, Make Space is a ready resource for empowering anyone to take control of an environment.
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As a result, when I saw Make Space on my list of Amazon Vine options, I was attracted to its premise: "an inspiring guidebook filled with ways to alter space to fuel creative work and foster collaboration." I love its goal. Its execution... not so much.
The book comes from the "d school" at Stanford University, and perhaps that academic background colors the way they think of colloborative space. The book has a few sorts of information: tools (stuff to build), situations (such as easy-to-reorganize spaces... think "use beanbag chairs draw people into a circle"), case studies. A section on the "design template" identifies the elements that go into a shared place, what they call "breaking down this spatial grammar into manageable bits" such as the actions that will take place there, the importance of thresholds and transitions, the need for everyone to have a "home base."
The best part of the book are the tools: do-it-yourself inexpensive projects to create reusable objects that a team can use and move around. A "flip stool" can be flipped from an upright perch to a low bench. You're encouraged to create whiteboard sliders using dry-erase boards mounted on a trolley to instantly create partitions. Create a defined space (such as "where to keep everyone's bikes") using carpet tile or tape.
Some of the "situations" advice is useful food-for-thought, such as "The more flexible a space is, the more some things need to stay fixed. It is especially important to keep community tools (copiers, shared computers) and amenities (food, supplies) in prominent and fixed locations." But don't expect any advice about where to put the server room; there's not much for the geeks who have to think about wiring diagrams.
The authors like big cavernous rooms, I think, which are divided into smaller units... while I truly and passionately hate anything that looks like a cube farm. Maybe it's the effect of the startup communities near Stanford, but most of the designs shown are loft-like with moveable walls of one kind or another. There are a lot of hard edges; if they had a suggestion to hang quilts or other homey stuff in a conference area to relax people, I didn't see it.
In short: I didn't see a single space that appealed to me. (Please, just surround me with books. That's what inspires me, and it offers sound deadening as well.)
In case you couldn't tell by now, I didn't find this book especially inspirational. And I had to subtract an entire star for its oh-so-artsy layout, fonts, and colors which make the text almost wholly unreadable. White and black text on a dark blue or fuchsia background? Sheesh. I didn't like the flow of the book, either. At first I gave it the benefit of the doubt because, I thought, it's meant to be read in short inspirational bursts. But there's no narrative, no entry point or path for me as a creative designer.
But I'm not sure if my advice is useful to you. Maybe my opinion is affected by my preference for my solo writer-cave and my conscious preference to interact with people primarily in TCP/IP packets. But for myself... this book is <shrug> okay. I hoped for more.
Scott Dorley and Scott Witthoft (Directors of the Environments Collaborative at Stanford University's d. school - the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) have written a book titled "make space" which is about designing and creating environments to support creative collaboration.
Although I am not an architect, engineer nor do I build a lot of objects, I am a designer (digital and print) but I do appreciate space and the creativity of those who can take advantage of it. And even I have had ideas of wanting to experiment with my own creativity for surrounding space around my home.
And as I was reading this book, there is this sense of enthusiasm and knowledge that Dorley and Witthoft shares with the reader but also backs it up with photos of people who attend d. school using the techniques taught and showing the reader examples of how they were built, why and a picture of how that creativity was applied to a business setting.
The five types of content mixed into the book are tools (stuff to build), situations (quick, repeatable configurations), insights (ideas to consider), design template (a simple breakdown of how the properties of places can spark actions and attitudes in people) and space studies (true stories about making space and living in it).
Included are more than 100 mini-entries that can be read in any way a reader likes. So, you can jump chapters or pages and use this book as a creative and idea resource.
Although the majority of what I design is for print, "make space" is one of those books that made me feel, "Arghh... I wish my university had these type of classes" because after reading this book, I was very inspired. There is no denying that the students at d. school are really given the opportunity to challenge themselves and apply their creativity towards space.
For me, being a guy and having known many guys who have a lot of clutter, as I get older, I'm starting to become tired of it. In fact, sometimes I spend a lot of time looking at magazines or pictures online to see how people utilize space, may it be in the kitchen, my bookshelves, to achieve better organization, more space with creativity.
And when I saw this book and read the info. on Amazon, I had to give this book a try!
There are so many entries with information, instructions and even addresses/phone numbers of companies of where to get material. For example, one instructional section on "see-through walls" for writing was pretty cool, but where to get polycarbonate? No problem, they provide you with the source info. of where to find these. Granted, a lot of these are in the Bay Area near Stanford University but for others, you can easily do a search online for a company near you.
The book is also well-designed. Vibrant colors and photos are featured. A plethora of information but not written to academically where you get bored. This book is literally a feast for your eyes with a lot of ideas and information that will inspire you!
Here is quote from the book that I found myself looking at quite often:
"Use space to nudge culture, not to shove it. We make space and space makes us. This theme is woven throughout this book. Space has the capacity to change culture, but there is a limit."
Overall, as you can see from the majority of the reviewers on Amazon, I also have to agree that this book was not only a pleasant surprise, it's fantastic! And not only have I been inspired, it also has made me want to go out and experiment with building or trying out the many examples featured.
"make space" is definitely recommended!
Instead of a table of contents, you get "instructions". And on the left of those is a dialogue of what the book is for, starting with "make space is a tool for using space to shape the culture and habits of a creative community."
The two sections of the book are
"tools: Make the useful things that fill up teh space--furniture, storage options, materials, etc" and "situations: Quick, repeatable configurations or patterns, usually at the scale of the room."
Honestly, I cannot get into this book. Each time I turn a page, I start reading a new idea and cannot get inspired. The idea flow from page to page is disjointed and it is not written by someone whose goal is to be as clear as possible to the average person.
Here is the start of "the white room" section. "An immersive experience is one of the quickest ways to transform behavior." what does that mean???? then following by "The White Room concept creates an environment with a singular finish and function that focuses on team members on particular activities. Their ideas become the only color that fills the space." Ok. reading it a few times, and looking at the picture of the white room, i can now understand it. But it's certainly not written in a way that the average person will understand easily.
There is some fun eye candy. The book is chock-full of creative endeavors to improve work areas both in function and appearance. Each page is a little work of art with cool graphic design, and a generous amount of photos and illustrations. It's difficult for me to get into this book...but if you are a starter company or one that is trying to make your business environment more employee-friendly, more eco-friendly or more ergonomic...then this book could be a golden ticket to guide you. If you're an art/design student, this book can give you practical applications of furniture design goals.
o Awaiting developments
o Saying or doing nothing
Space can be created that is most conducive to these and other activities. It is also true that certain forms of "space" can discourage, limit, or even preclude most (if not all) of these activities. Perhaps you have visited one or more medical or dental facilities in recent years and noticed how strategic use of light and color as well as artwork has made them visually (aesthetically) much more pleasing.
As you may already know, energy renewal initiatives are becoming increasingly more common in the business world and one of them is the "nap room." People reserve time (usually for 15-45 minutes) and lie down to rest or sleep. That said, keep in mind that "space" can be but is not necessarily a physical location. It could also be a mental or emotion state. Spending time there fills one or more needs.
Long ago, while completing my graduate work in comparative literature at Yale, I came upon an anecdote about an incident when a French Romantic poet (perhaps Baudelaire) was asked how to write a poem. Long pause....then the response. "Draw a birdcage and leave the door open, then you wait and wait and wait. After what may be a very long time, maybe a bird flies through the door. Erase the cage."
Doorley and Witthoft present and explain a process by which to create space to set the stage for creative collaboration. More specifically, they explain HOW to
o Build a space on the cheap
o Set up a personal studio space
o Jump-start an existing space
o Find other ways to find stuff
o Make a space for new ideas
o Make a space to stay focused
o Make a flexible space
o Build a workshop
o Shape behavior with space
o Created a shared team-space
To repeat, Doorley and Witthoft explain HOW to achieve each of these objectives.
They also achieve their own objectives as co-authors. More specifically, objectives suggested in these comments by George Kembel, global director and co-founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford: "This book is an attempt to capture what the d.school adventure has taught us along the way and is a tool to help you to use space to develop your unique culture. I hope our story is an encouragement to you, suggesting that big things often have small beginnings, that radical change usually starts with brave but little steps, and that when people feel safe to try something new, spectacular things can happen. Good luck as you make space in your life, your teams, and your organization to innovate!"
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Scott Doorley is co-director of the Environments Collaborative & Creative Director at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Broadly, Scott's work focuses on how physical context and digital media can enhance human experience. He teaches several classes in subjects at the intersection of design and media arts: storytelling & visual communication, improv, and digital media design. Scott has degrees in Film from the University of California, Los Angeles (BA '96), and Learning, Design, & Technology from Stanford University (MA '06).
Scott Witthoft is co-director of the Environments Collaborative at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford -- the d.school. His professional work as an engineer and a designer has focused on understanding and manipulating interactions among systems. As a Lecturer at Stanford University, he teaches classes in human-centered design and storytelling & visual communication. Scott has degrees in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (BS, '99) and The University of Texas at Austin (MS, '00), and Product Design from Stanford University (MSE '08).