Spaces for Innovation compiles the exhaustive research completed by Kursty Groves and Oliver Marlow in the areas of space design and the professional pursuit of contexts for innovation. Over 18 months, the authors pored over articles, documents, theses, government reports, and conducted over 50 site visits to offices around the world, as well as over 100 interviews of leading thinkers and developers of co-working and codesign. The resulting book synthesises this research with an aim to practicality.
Built around ten different themes distilled from their findings about creative spaces, each chapter includes relevant interviews and case studies on successful implementation of these core themes. Full-colour images and helpful diagrams bring important ideas to life. Designed to be as easy to start in the middle as it is to read through from cover to cover. Throughout the book there are opportunities for the reader to reflect on their own work environment, and consider how it might be improved to facilitate more effective and innovative work.
Through a range of case studies that offer a global perspective, the reader will understand how successful firms, of any size, design spaces to foster creativity. From Airbnb’s Portland office in the United States to Medibank’s office in Melbourne, Australia, each case study includes photographs and a detailed analysis of what makes the space successful.
The book also includes interviews from global experts in the field of workplace innovation, including Jennifer Magnolfi, Steve Coster (Architect at HASSELL), and Despina Katsikakis among others –– with a forward written by Jeremy Myerson.
At its core, Spaces for Innovation is a practical tool for analysing physical workspaces, helping organisations of any size to pursue innovative environments that encourage creativity. The book’s wealth of research and inspiration, along with helpful workbook pages to spark ideas, make it a great resource and an engaging read.
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‘A welcome addition to the literature that raises the argument about spaces for innovation off the office floor and into the upper echelons of people, leadership and strategy’
– Jeremy Myerson, former Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, director of the Worktech Academy