Collaboration WorkScape
for Technology Company rapid innovation product development and service
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The Armature conveys brand, holds multimedia, supplies power, light, and frames spaces providing prospect and refuge. It is a structure which expresses process and organizational intent. Armature hold place while all the other elements are free to configure in a wild variety of ways to meet user requirements and sense of place.
In order to have collaboration, the environment has to support it in all of its specific modalities of work.
This table, when the leaves are folded down, is a video conferencing workstation for four - with leaves up, it provides four work areas for an individual’s personal work while still being part of a comunity.

These are serious questions yet ones not often seriously asked - and more rarely answered with any depth of thought.

Yet, it is the workplace where most of us spend the majority of our time. Is this time good time spent? Is it truly productive for ourselves and the enterprise?

Instead of building workspaces with the idea of managing costs down, why don’t we build them as an investment in production and the goal in mind to greatly improve creativity and productivity?

Why not design for profit?

Why build fixed environments that have to be ripped out and redone every few years? Why not build adaptability into the landscape? Is giving everyone the same box to work in reflective of their true work-based needs?

In terms of the basic shell, even a commercial building can become a more friendly box using skylights and light tubes and multiple layers of ceiling heights to open the vertical space and define work zones.

workPODs are architectural scale furniture - “rooms within rooms” which roll to new locations as required. They bridge the gap between Armature and human scale.
Clusters of workPODs, form team areas with their own collaborative commons. PODs can easily be unplugged, rolled to another team and connected for an extended work period allowing teams to configure as needed through their process.
Work goes through several discrete steps as it travels from idea to completed product in a specific market of goods or ideas. Each of these steps require different modes of thinking which require different tools and work spaces.
a brief tour of MG Taylor, AI, tsmARCHITECTURE environmnets with commentary:

The Taylor Environments Tour provides a brief description of our philosophy and a sampling of some of the physical spaces we have built over the 20 year period from 1985 through 2005.

It also provides links to some of our recent work.

This brief tour does not begin to show the variety of workplace environments we have built nor what we can build. Every AI piece of WorkFurniture was first developed for a specific client to meet a particular requirement.

We employ a rapid prototyping Design/Build/Use process. The majority of our projects are completed in a 30 to 90 day period from start to finish. The offices on the left are built from a kit of parts which can be moved with three tools to rearrange the space or go to another location.

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The workPOD Gallery shows some of the PODs we have built over the years.

workPODs combine the best of traditional offices and the now ubiquitous open landscape workstation while eliminating many of the liabilities of both. The workspace adapts to the work requirements not visa versa.

PODs can roll thereby easily supporting rapid team reconfiguration. PODs can be open or made closable so that the individual user can “shape” their own personal space to fit the requirements of their work and their mood of the moment. Most PODs are large enough so that two or three can team up to share a work session.

While more expensive than a workstation, PODs eliminate leasehold improvements, can be located anywhere and are crafted to last for decades. They can be “owned” and customized to fit the tastes of their user and can be configured in clusters to support projects. Sound, temperature, view (in and out), location, interior amenities, are now in the hands of the user not some one-size-fits-all mentality.

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posted: March 26, 2010 - revised April 7, 2010 @ 10:47 AM Nashville
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