Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

By Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft

"If you're decided to inspire creativity and supply a collaborative atmosphere that would convey out the easiest in humans, you will have this booklet through your aspect in any respect times." --Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt nationwide layout Museum

"Make Space is an articulate account concerning the value of house; how we expect approximately it, construct it and thrive in it." --James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase
An inspiring guidebook packed with how you can modify area to gasoline artistic paintings and foster collaboration.

Based at the paintings on the Stanford collage d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative, Make Space is a device that exhibits how house may be deliberately manipulated to ignite creativity. acceptable for designers charged with growing new areas or a person attracted to revamping an latest area, this consultant bargains novel and non-obvious innovations for altering atmosphere in particular to augment the ways that groups and contributors converse, paintings, play--and innovate.

Inside are:
Tools--tips on tips to construct every thing from furnishings, to wall remedies, and rigging
Situations--scenarios, and layouts for sparking inventive activities
Insights--bite-sized classes designed to shortcut your studying curve
Space Studies--candid tales with classes on growing areas for making, studying, imagining, and connecting
Design Template--a framework for knowing, making plans, and construction collaborative environments
Make Space is a brand new and dynamic source for activating creativity, conversation and innovation throughout associations, businesses, groups, and faculties alike. choked with guidance and directions that may be approached from a large choice of angles, Make Space is a prepared source for empowering an individual to take keep an eye on of an atmosphere.

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