What to read about the organization of jobs, coworking and design of spaces for remote work

    It turned out that since 2012 I have been supervising the Moscow Techstars Startup Digest. This is an email-sending event for IT-specialists, founders of start-ups and marketers.

    My task is to filter out prohibitively expensive and advertising events - free or very accessible conferences, lectures and seminars fall into the newsletter, the purpose of which is to tell something interesting, help to improve skills or introduce like-minded people.

    Interestingly, in recent years, most of these events are held in coworkings. What is surprising, according to my observations, the number of similar sites in Moscow is growing.

    This trend interested me and became the starting point for new photo tours - like the ones I’m shooting for companies [for example, the very first one andone more . This time I wanted to tell about coworking and learn a new approach to the organization of jobs.

    On Habré, I only showed #tceh , SOK and Key , and during the New Year holidays I switched to the study of “matte parts” to see which books talk about the evolution of the workspace: from the first open-air spaces of the 1900s to coworkings.

    Under the cat - 16 books about famous office buildings, campuses of modern corporations, spaces for remote work and the impact of the workplace on productivity.

    Photo (and further in the material): VSCE / Reception in the coworking #tceh on Butcher

    The history of the first openspaces

    The Complete 1925 Wendingen Series
    Frank Lloyd Wright, Francis A. Davis, 1992

    The first open office was created by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. At the beginning of the 20th century, he designed the building of the soap company Larkin Soap Company . A single open space, steel furniture, glass doors, air conditioning - it was all new.

    In the book you will find the history and plans of this building, unique footage of the beginning of the last century and Wright’s own reasoning about architecture. This book is considered a classic of the genre .

    Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings
    Jonathan Lipman, 2003

    In the late 1930s, Wright designed the headquarters of the American manufacturer of household cleaning products, SC Johnson & Son, with the Great Workroom open space in Wisconsin. He made the office look like a forest. For this, Wright used tree columns and natural light. In his book, Lipman explores Wright's unpublished materials. The author tells how an American architect worked on projects and where he got ideas for design from.

    Building seagram
    Phyllis Lambert, 2013

    The idea of ​​an open-plan office after Wright was developed by German modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In the late 50s in New York, he and Philip Johnson designed the office for Seagram, Seagram Building , which became one of the most interesting buildings of the 20th century.

    The building houses openspaces with panoramic windows, minimalist furniture and plenty of free space . Similar interiors can be seen in the series Mad Men ( Mad Men ), which shows an advertising agency of the 60s.

    The book was written by the daughter of the head of the company "Sigrem" Phyllis Lambert. It was she who persuaded her father to build this building. Phyllis led the project, and after it was completed she went to the schoolgirls to see Mies van der Rohe. In his book, Phyllis writes about design and construction progress.

    Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
    Nikil Saval, 2014

    This book tells the story of the appearance of cubicles - office cells separated by partitions. Its author isNikil Saval, editor of the n + 1 American literary magazine.

    The book talks about how the approach to workplace organization has changed with changes in the economy. The author analyzes the approaches to the organization of labor by Frederick Taylor (Frederick Taylor), the concept of the office landscape ( Bürolandschaft ) and the offices of Silicon Valley. Interestingly, Saval speaks in simple words and gives examples from popular culture - the comic “ Dilbert ” (Dilbert) and the series “ The Office ” (The Office).

    This book has been praised by critics and awards from The New York Times and Inc. magazine.

    What do modern offices look like?

    Workscape: New Spaces for New Work
    S. Borges, S. Ehmann, R. Klanten, 2013

    Journalist and architect Sofia Borges, along with co-authors, wrote about how technology and changes in corporate culture influenced the design of our workplaces and other premises and spaces of a modern office: from meeting rooms to rooms for rest.

    Among the examples considered in the book: the McKinsey & Company office in Hong Kong with transparent “room-flasks” for calls; Eneco headquartersin Rotterdam with check-in counters at the hotel and a separate espresso bar; and Saxo Bank in Copenhagen with a large spiral staircase that connects all floors of the building.

    This book is praised for illustrations and interesting ideas of interiors and spaces.

    Business centers and offices. The best projects of the world
    Jeremy Myerson, Philip Ross, 2008

    Design Professor and Analyst Jeremy Myerson (Jeremy Myerson) wrote this book in collaboration with the engineer Philip Ross (Philip Ross). The authors explore modern offices and highlight the main directions in approaches to the design of workplaces in the XXI century.

    For example, the book tells about the project Zaha Hadid (Zaha Hadid) for the company BMW. The traditional office and the factory, according to the architect’s idea, are one complex - the employees in the administrative premises actually see the production line.

    Chris van Uffélen, 2010

    This book was written by art and architecture historian Chris van Uffelen. Here are the interiors and floor plans of offices from different countries. The book of van Uffelin is praised for the fact that it includes not only works from the most famous architects and studios, but also less famous projects.

    One of the buildings described in the “Offices” is the Munich Technology Center (MTZ). It was built as a space for startups in which they can rent an office and meet other young technology companies.

    Feature MTZ - "green" roof. It has solar panels installed next to which a “carpet” of plants is planted. Landscaping on the roof not only decorates the building, but also protects it from heat and city noise, and also collects rainwater.

    Attic in coworking SOK

    The rolex learning center
    Francesco Della Casa, 2010

    TheRolexLearning Center is the campus and library of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL). For the project of this building Kadzuyo Sedzhima (Kazuyo Sejima) and Rouet Nishizawa (Ryue Nishizawa) received the 2010 Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious in architecture.

    The center consists of working areas, a library, study space, “ room bubbles ” for negotiations and rooms for recreation. The book introduces readers to the history of this building from the beginning of the design to its final implementation.

    How workspace affects people

    Ergonomics in environmental design. Tutorial
    Vladimir Runge, Julia Manusevich, 2016 The

    manual tells how to make the architectural environment more comfortable for people. One of its sections is devoted to the organization of office space. In it, the authors study how planning affects the productivity and psychological state of employees.

    The book has an example of a comfortable modern office. This is the headquarters of Scandinavian Airlines in Stockholm, which was built in the 80s. The campus consists of low buildings on the bank of the pond, in which, besides the offices, there are cafes, shops and a fitness club. The interior combines ideas of openspace and armchair-type offices.

    Dotcom cities. Silicon Valley Urbanism
    Alexandra Lange, 2014

    In this short 50-page book , Alexander Lange, an architectural critic and teacher at New York University, studies the offices of technology companies - Facebook, Apple, Google, and Twitter. The author proposes a typology of campuses and studies how the headquarters design is related to the corporate values ​​of a particular IT company.

    One of the main questions that Lange considers in this book is why technology companies prefer to “turn away” from the surrounding city and how it affects the urban environment. In the reviews, “City-dotcoms” praise for cognitive and interesting thoughts about the device of the Valley.

    Spaces for Innovation: The Design and Science of Inspiring Environments
    Kursty Groves, Oliver Marlow, 2016

    Popular science book about the relationship between the design of the working environment and the level of innovation. To write the book, the authors visited about 50 offices around the world and talked with more than a hundred experts in neurobiology, architecture and psychology. Each section of the publication presents interviews and case studies on the organization of working space: from coworking and educational institutions to the offices of large corporations - Airbnb and Microsoft.

    The book is described as a “template” and guide to action for organizations that would like to change their workspace and turn it into a “place that generates innovation.”

    About design offices from designers

    UNK Project. Interiors Architecture
    Tatyana Kubenskaya, Uliana Yakovleva et al., 2016

    These two books contain the works of the Russian architectural bureau UNK Project, which created offices for the Russian representative offices of Walt Disney Studios, Google, Microsoft and Samsung. The architects tell the story of the progress of the projects and talk about the bureau's approach to design and engineering. The text is supplemented with illustrations and examples of interior solutions.

    One of the bureau's projects is the Mail.Ru Group office with a flexible layout of work areas and plenty of space for recreation and events. Its features are a mini-football field, an entire floor with meeting rooms and the ability to mount up to three additional meeting rooms on each floor with an open-plan layout.

    Studio O + A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design
    Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, 2017 The

    book was written by the founders of the design studio O + A from San Francisco. The O + A team creates workspaces for large technology companies - Facebook , Microsoft , Uber , Cisco . At the core of their approach is the idea that the office should be a separate “city” for employees — flexible and ready for unpredictable changes.

    In the book you will find photos of projects, 3D-renders, drawings and technical plans.

    "Drink zone" in coworking SOK on Kursk

    Co-Working Space Design
    Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, 2018 The

    book was written by architect Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, who designs workspaces. For example, in 2016, he designed coworking in Hong Kong with a vertical garden, in the interior of which a lot of wood is used.

    In the book you will find 43 coworking projects that received awards in the field of architecture and design. One of the tasks that the author set himself, is to explain how co-working is different from designing traditional offices.

    Space for remote work

    The New Nomads: Temporary Spaces and a Life on the Move
    Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Michelle Galindo, 2015

    The book is devoted to the organization of workplaces for "digital nomads" - people who prefer to work not in the office, but at home or traveling around the world. Authors write about how people's homes and urban spaces change with the increasing popularity of this format of work.

    Particular attention is paid in the book to how the "nomads" adjust their way of life on the road - create temporary mini-homes or use multifunctional furniture, such as a bed-table. The publication presents more than a hundred examples like "home by bicycle".

    The Style of Coworking: Contemporary Shared Workspaces
    Alice Davies, Kathryn Tollervey, 2013

    The book of business consultant Alice Davis examines the coworking industry. It contains ideas for the design of workspaces of a new type and examples of co-working from different countries.

    One of them is the London office of the Google Campus . Working areas in coworking occupy five floors of the building and have an open layout. There are campus and separate work areas built on the basis of freight containers, as well as space for lectures.

    In the reviews, the book is praised for a large number of illustrations, and it helped one of the readers to create a design of their own coworking.

    What else do I do on Habré and beyond:

    • I record a podcast about editors and everyone who creates IT-content [ iTunes ] [ Web ] [ Habr ]
    • I am helping to select projects for technology festivals - I am one of the SXSW Pitch event and SXSW Release it event [ my story about the history of SXSW ]
    • About photo tours already said - here are compact examples in Insta [ SOK ] [ #tceh ] [ Key ]
    • Yet - I write Habré on start-up culture of 30th and 40th years

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